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About Stephen Joseph Powell

Professor Powell, the former Chief Counsel for Import Administration and a founding NOAA Assistant General Counsel, is now Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of the International Trade Law Program at the University of Florida's Levin College of Law. Powell develops and teaches academic courses on international trade law for law and business students, conducts research on trade and business laws, and provides technical assistance to developing countries on implementing their WTO obligations. Professor Powell also serves as a WTO and NAFTA dispute settlement panelist.
Prior to his teaching appointment in January 2000, Powell was for 17 years Chief Counsel for Import Administration in the U. S. Department of Commerce, the agency responsible for the trade laws providing relief against unfairly traded imports, the anti-dumping and countervailing duty laws.
Steve also served for ten years as Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement and Litigation with the federal government's ocean research and conservation agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and as NOAA's Western Regional Counsel in Seattle. He began his legal career as a Captain with the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General.
Professor Powell has over 30 years of experience in drafting and implementing U.S. trade and environmental laws, in litigating these laws and their international counterparts before federal courts and dispute settlement panels under the NAFTA and the WTO. Steve negotiated a number of treaties and executive agreements to discipline government subsidization and unfair private pricing practices, including the North American Free Trade Agreemen. He served as lead U.S. negotiator in Free Trade Area of the Americas talks on subsidies and dumping.
Powell has centered his academic scholarship and teaching on international trade law's linkages with labor, environmental, and other human rights laws, culminating in his recently-released book, JUST TRADE: A NEW COVENANT LINKING TRADE AND HUMAN RIGHTS (written with his good friend and international law expert, Berta Hernandez Truyol). The book reflects the combined wisdom of experts in both trade law and human rights law to propose concrete measures to use trade's enormous power to enhance human well-being along with world economic welfare.


Present Director, International Trade Law Program, University of Florida Levin College of Law
Present Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Curriculum Vitae


  • International Trade Law
  • International Trade and the Environment
  • Trade and Human Rights in the Americas
  • Dispute Settlement under Trade and Investment Agreements
  • International Environmental Law

Contact Information

Stephen Joseph Powell
University of Florida
Levin College of Law
P. O. Box 117629
Gainesville, FL 32611-7629


Articles (18)

Books (1)