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Suzanne Garner

Suzanne Garner

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Thursday, February 15, 2018

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699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA




Suzanne Garner practices, teaches and consults in the field of international trade and investment law, with more than a decade of experience in free trade negotiations, dispute resolution, and global regulatory compliance.

Garner served under the current and former presidential administrations as an associate general counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where she represented the United States in regional and multilateral trade negotiations and in disputes before the WTO. Garner was lead counsel for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) and several notable WTO cases (US—Clove Cigarettes (defense), Argentina—Financial Services (third party)). Garner also covered trade with Canada (NAFTA, softwood lumber), the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), and U.S. government third-party participation in several foreign trade remedy investigations (AD/CVD).

Before joining USTR, Garner handled investor-state and international commercial arbitrations at Paul Hastings in Washington, D.C., where she also represented corporate clients in FCPA and AD/CVD investigations.

Garner teaches LLM students in the Legal Writing Program. She has presented scholarly work at the University of Copenhagen iCourts (2017) and Harvard University (2004), and consults periodically for the International Investment Agreements Section of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Her research interests include the resolution of trade disputes involving non-tariff barriers and the application of nondiscrimination provisions in the realm of trade in services.

Garner earned her JD at Boston College Law School (2006) and her MA and BA in philosophy of religion at University of California, Santa Barbara (2000 and 1997). She is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.
 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Vanity Fair
April 16, 2018
Re: Orin Kerr

Orin Kerr was quoted about President Donald Trump's attempts to stop the FBI from reviewing documents taken from his personal lawyer during a raid. “I’m not aware of a client ever being able to conduct the first review of whether a lawyer’s files are privileged. And for an obvious reason: If the files sought involve an alleged crime/fraud, the client will say that those e-mails are privileged,” Kerr said. “Trump in effect wants the warrant to be executed like a subpoena to him personally, in which he gets to decide what the government sees. But that’s not how it’s done: the point of using a search warrant is to block that.”

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