|“Taught by professors with great expertise and genuine passion for international issues, the international courses offered at William and Mary equipped me with the substantive knowledge that I needed to confidently pursue a legal career in international trade. As the world becomes increasingly globalized and the competition for international jobs grows greater, I am certain that the foundation provided by the curriculum and esteemed international faculty at William and Mary will continue to serve me well.”|
Natasha C. Robinson (2004)
Attorney, U.S. Department of Commerce
Natasha C. Robinson is currently a staff attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration at the United States Department of Commerce. Ms. Robinson’s practice largely focuses on trade remedies and issues relating to textiles. She provides legal support to the International Trade Administration in connection with the administration and enforcement of laws regulating unfairly-traded imports into the United States. Her work is primarily in the area of antidumping laws, which deal with exports to the United States that are priced below their price in home markets, or below their cost of production, and countervailing duty laws, which deal with exports to the United States from foreign industries that receive government subsidies.
As part of her responsibilities, Ms. Robinson has represented the agency before the United States Court of International Trade, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body. Her international trade caseload has allowed her to travel in an official capacity to China and Taiwan (where she provided legal advice to Commerce officials engaged in antidumping and countervailing duty verifications); Vietnam (to participate in an antidumping and countervailing duty technical exchange with the Government of Vietnam and private citizens); and Switzerland, where she represented Commerce before the WTO DSB.
While at William and Mary Law School, Ms. Robinson took courses in International Trade Law, Comparative Law, Comparative Constitutional Systems, International Development, and International Human Rights Law. Her interest in international matters largely stems from these courses. Significantly, the International Trade Law course served as an important springboard to her subsequent legal career in international trade at Commerce. The other courses provided Ms. Robinson with a deeper understanding of the complexities of the legal systems around the world, as well as the intriguing relationship between domestic courts and international tribunals.
Prior to joining Commerce, Ms. Robinson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Melanie M. Shaw Geter of the Prince George’s County Circuit Court in Maryland. Ms. Robinson holds a J.D. from William and Mary Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.