Steve Charnovitz

Steven Charnovitz
Associate Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Steve Charnovitz is an associate professor of law at The George Washington University Law School. Professor Charnovitz hails from Savannah, Georgia. He received a BA and JD from Yale University, and an MPP from Harvard University. 

Before joining the Law School faculty in 2004, Professor Charnovitz practiced law for six years at Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C. From 1995 to 1999, he was the director of the Global Environment and Trade Study (GETS) at Yale University. From 1991 to 1995, he was the policy director of the U.S. Competitiveness Policy Council. The Council issued four reports to the U.S. Congress and president. From 1987 to 1991, he was a legislative assistant to the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Wright and Foley). Earlier in his career, he was an analyst at the U.S. Department of Labor where his assignments included worker rights in U.S. trade negotiations, trade adjustment assistance, and technical cooperation with Saudi Arabia. 

Professor Charnovitz serves or has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, the Journal of Environment & Development, and the World Trade Review. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the American Law Institute. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of over 215 scholarly publications (see for a complete list). His most recent book is The Path of World Trade Law in the 21st Century (World Scientific Studies in International Economics, 2015). He is admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.



BA, JD, Yale University; MPP, Harvard University

In the News

"US Dismisses 'Invalid' WTO Appellate Body Ruling"

April 23, 2020

Steve Charnovitz is quoted in Politico about the Trump administration's challenge of the WTO Appellate Body's legitimacy.

"How Trump May Finally Kill the WTO"

December 09, 2019

Steve Charnovitz is quoted by Foreign Policy on how the US is waging a battle with the WTO over the fate of the Appellate Body.

"US Win at WTO Faces Ticking Clock on Appeals"

October 31, 2019

Steve Charnovitz is quoted by Congressional Quarterly on alternative ways to handle a WTO export subsidies dispute with India.

“Trump Is Poised To Bombard The EU With More Tariffs"

July 24, 2019

Steve Charnovitz is quoted by Forbes on a pending World Trade Organization ruling on the $7 billion subsidies of Airbus by the EU.

"China Hasn't 'Targeted' US Workers - Trump Has"

September 21, 2018

Steve Charnovitz is quoted in Forbes about the latest on the trade war.