Background

President Biden announced Aug. 10 his intent to nominate María Luisa Pagán as deputy U.S. Trade Representative and ambassador to the World Trade Organization and Christopher Wilson as USTR’s chief innovation and intellectual property negotiator.

Pagán is currently the deputy general counsel at USTR, providing legal advice to senior officials on all legal aspects regarding trade negotiations, implementation of trade agreements, and trade-related legislation and regulations. Prior to taking that position she specialized in providing legal advice on services, government procurement, and the section 421 country-specific safeguard and also litigated several disputes before the WTO. Earlier in her career she worked as an attorney advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce at the Department of Commerce.

USTR Katherine Tai said Pagán is “a shrewd negotiator with an unparalleled knowledge of our trade agreements that will serve the United States well as we reestablish relationships with our trading partners and work to reform the World Trade Organization.”

Wilson is a 20-year veteran of USTR, where he has served in a variety of trade policy leadership roles, including deputy assistant USTR for innovation and intellectual property, deputy U.S. representative to the WTO, and several assistant USTR positions. His work has included regional trade relationships with Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, and South and Central Asia. Prior to his USTR service Wilson worked at the International Trade Administration and as a foreign service officer with assignments in Africa and Southeast Asia. He also spent several years consulting on trade policy issues in the private sector.

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