Stephen J Orava (Steve)

Partner, International Trade Group Practice Group Leader

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Stephen Orava

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Stephen Orava is Chair of King & Spalding’s International Trade Practice Group and divides his time between the Washington, D.C. office and the Geneva office, where he was formerly Managing Partner.  He advises clients on a wide range of international trade, market access, investment, climate change, and other regulatory and policy matters, including related litigation and enforcement actions.

Mr. Orava has substantial experience under the various agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO), with a particular focus on the General Agreement on Trade in Services, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.  He also has substantial experience in WTO dispute settlement cases, including the drafting of written submissions and the presentation of oral arguments before panels and the Appellate Body.  For example, he advised clients in the context of the first WTO dispute settlement case, the first case under the WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement, and the first case under the WTO Agreement on Safeguards.

Mr. Orava also represents clients in anti-dumping, countervailing duty (anti-subsidy), and safeguard proceedings in Australia, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Mexico, the United States, and other countries.  His experience covers a broad range of sectors, including chemicals, steel, textiles, agriculture, and certain high-tech products.  He also advises clients on compliance with U.S., U.K. and E.U. export control, sanctions and customs laws.

Mr. Orava has spoken at numerous international trade and WTO seminars around the world and has also authored and co-authored a wide range of articles, papers and other publications.

Recent Publications

  • Incentives to Stimulate Renewable Energy, in Global Challenges at the Intersection of Trade, Energy and the Environment (Joost Pauwelyn ed. 2010).

  • Sunsets Over Chinese Anti-Dumping Measures: A Practical Guide, China Trade Law & Practice, June 2006.

  • World Trade: Cancun, Hong Kong and Beyond: A Review of Current WTO Regulations and Practice, Global Market Briefings, June 2006.

  • Exporting To China (And Elsewhere): New Developments In International Trade Compliance, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, December 2005.

  • The Doha Agreement and Beyond, in A Handbook of World Trade (Jonathan Reuvid ed., 2004).

  • The Impact of Enlargement on EU Anti-Dumping Actions, 5 Bus. L. Int'l 82 (International Bar Association, Jan. 2004).

  • Prosecuting and Defending Anti-Dumping Actions: A Guide for Domestic Producers, Importers, and Exporters, 5 Bus. L. Int'l 67 (International Bar Association, Jan. 2004).

  • WTO Negotiations on Financial Services in GATS 2000 and the Doha Development Agenda, in The Commonwealth Banking and Offshore Almanac (Rajiv Biswas ed., March 2002).

  • A WTO Guide for Global Business (Cameron May 2002).

  • Commercial Reality (or Lack Thereof) in the Classification and Definition of Services in the WTO GATS Negotiations, 8 Int’l Trade L. & Reg. 5 (Jan. 2002).

  • Potential WTO Claims in Response to Countermeasures under the OECD’s Recommendations Applicable to Alleged Tax Havens, in International Tax Competition: Globalisation and Fiscal Sovereignty (Rajiv Biswas ed., 2002).

  • GATT/WTO Panels Between Recording And Finding Facts: Issues of Due Process, Evidence, Burden Of Proof, And Standard Of Review In GATT/WTO Dispute Settlement, in Improving WTO Dispute Settlement Procedures: Issues and Lessons from the Practice of other International Courts and Tribunals, 185 (Friedl Weiss ed., 2000).
Awards & Recognition
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of international trade by Chambers USA; Chambers Global; The Legal 500 U.S.; The Legal 500 Switzerland; Who's Who Legal Trade and Customs; and World's Leading International Trade Lawyers.

  • Awarded the inaugural 2012 MVP for International Trade by Law360.
J.D., Georgetown University
B.S., magna cum laude, Southern Methodist University
Legal Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

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