ANDREA MARIE DAWES, B.B.A., J.D., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ANTI-DUMPING AND SUBSIDIES COMMISSION
As the Executive Director of the Anti-dumping and Subsidies Commission, a Portfolio Agency of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Andrea Marie Dawes nee Brown responds to the Chairman and Board of Commissioners. She directs all aspects of the agency’s work, which includes the administration of the annual public budget as well as technical matters. She has directed the Commission through five completed investigations, drafting of legislative amendments, research, analysis and writing of scholarly papers on international trade remedies and related matters and the conduct of trade seminars highlighting the use of trade remedies to defend domestic industry. Mrs. Dawes leads the development of the Commission as a Centre of Trade Excellence. In 2004, she pioneered the testing of the concept by supplying staff members to assist an industry in Georgetown, Guyana in the face of the threat of a trade remedies investigation against that industry which was pursued in the United States of America. On her watch, the Commission has risen to world class accomplishments.
Mrs. Dawes began her career as a lawyer in Maryland and Washington, D.C., U.S.A., where she practised from 1989, focussing on litigation and business transactions, counselling corporate clients and assisting them in evaluating risk and potential profitability for new and developing business opportunities. She had clients in the United States, Guyana and Jamaica.
At the end of 2007, Mrs. Dawes was appointed to a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Panel as an expert in antidumping. While continuing to lead the administration of the Commission in Jamaica, she has served on three additional WTO dispute settlement panels in 2010, 2012 and 2013, resolving trade disputes arising between major trading partners such as the United States, China, Japan and the European Union that include antidumping, subsidies and safeguard disciplines. Mrs. Dawes has been named to the General Panel Roster of Experts (for dispute settlement) by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) for the United States Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Area (DR-CAFTA) Agreement.
Andrea Marie Dawes is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington D.C., 1989 and Howard University Business School, Washington, D.C., 1986; Member of the Bars of the State of Maryland (1989) and Washington, D.C. (1990), USA.
Mrs. Dawes received her Legal Education Certificate from Norman Manley Law School, University of the West Indies in May 2003, after she returned home to Jamaica.
Her specialised training in Trade Remedies and Trade Policy includes: WTO Dispute Settlement Procedures and Practices WTO Regional Seminar, Bridgetown, Barbados, 2003; WTO Regional Workshop on Antidumping for Selected Caribbean Countries, Bridgetown, Barbados, 2004; Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Executive Programs, The Practice of Trade Policy, 2004; The WTO and Trade Policy Practice, Korea University, Seoul, Korea, 2006; and WTO Seminars for Heads of Anti-dumping, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008.