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International Commerce

John Cobau
Chief Counsel
Tel: (202) 482-0937
Fax: (202) 482-4076

ITA Website

International Trade Administration

Office Description

 The Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce (OCC-IC) provides legal support to the Under Secretary for International Trade, who heads the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA), and to ITA’s Assistant Secretaries for Manufacturing and Services, Market Access and Compliance, and Trade Promotion.  (Legal services for ITA’s Assistant Secretary for Import Administration are provided by the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration.)  The mission of ITA is to “create prosperity by strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements.”  OCC-IC’s functions include the following:

 1. Provision of Legal Advice

OCC-IC provides legal counsel with respect to ITA’s statutory, regulatory, and programmatic authorities, including:

2.  Negotiation and Enforcement of Trade Agreements

OCC-IC actively participates in the negotiation and enforcement of a variety of international agreements, including:

3.  International Trade and Investment Law

OCC-IC provides advice to ITA on laws, regulations, international agreements, and commercial practices in the United States and foreign countries affecting trade and investment, including those regarding:

4.  Litigation

OCC-IC works closely with the Department of Justice and other agencies with respect to litigation relevant to ITA’s mission and responsibilities to which the U.S. government is a party or in which the U.S. government may otherwise express a view.

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