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

"WTO Is Most Worrying Target of Trump's Trade Talk: Lamy"

November 14, 2017

Steve Charnovitz is mentioned in Reuters on how to save the WTO dispute settlement from the Trump Administration.

"How to Save WTO Dispute Settlement from the Trump Administration"

November 03, 2017

Steve Charnovitz writes in the International Economic Law and Policy Blog about Trump's involvement in the WTO dispute settlement system. 

"Academic Floats Solution For WTO Appellate Body Turmoil"

November 03, 2017

Steve Charnovitz is quoted in Law360 about the WTO Appellate Body and why it should cease accepting appeals if it encounters three vacancies. 

"With Eye on National Security, Trump Fast Tracks Probe of Steel Imports"

June 05, 2017

Steve Charnovitz is quoted in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about what it means for Trump to impose penalties on steel and aluminum imports.