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James Smith
James McCall Smith
Washington +1 202 662 5550 Download V-card

Jay Smith is an associate in the Washington office.  He joined the firm after several years as a professor of political science and international affairs, during which he specialized in international trade policy and international dispute settlement.  His practice in the International and Litigation groups draws on this academic and policy experience.

  • Advising global companies on strategies to protect intellectual property rights, including by ensuring that countries comply with obligations under the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
  • Providing strategic and legal advice to information technology and pharmaceutical clients on complex intellectual property and trade policy issues.
  • Representing the Jordanian government in the ICSID arbitration ATA v. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Case No. ARB/08/02).
  • Advising companies on compliance with US export control regulations.

Pro Bono

  • Representing a native of Yemen currently detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in habeas corpus litigation before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Council on Foreign Relations, Term Member (1999-2004)

Previous Experience

  • Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, Visiting Professor (2006)
  • George Washington University, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs (1998-2005)
  • Hong Kong Transition Project, Hong Kong, Henry Luce Scholar (1996-1997)