Andrea, a Jamaican national and U.S.-trained trade attorney/trade policy expert, is an independent international trade and development consultant. She brings to her work particular interest and focus on the impact of trade policy on women and on micro enterprises. In her introductory post below, she analyzes prospects and challenges for constitutional reform in Jamaica.
As detailed at her website, Andrea's practice focuses on trade policy development and implementation, negotiation and implementation of trade agreements, legal assistance on trade-related matters, customs and trade facilitation, and other trade issues within the Caribbean and the Africa, Caribbean, Pacific, or ACP, region. Since 2009, she's written the blog DevelopTradeLaw, which today joins our "connections" list.
Prior to opening her own practice, Andrea worked with the Washington office of the law firm of Holland & Knight, where she counseled and represented clients on U.S. customs law and enforcement, U.S. export control laws, and African Growth Opportunity Act and Caribbean Basin Initiatives preferential programs. As part of the firm's public law practice, she also drafted legislation, monitored various legislative and regulatory initiatives, participated in legislative coalitions, and worked with U.S. legislative personnel.
Andrea is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Florida, and Maryland,as well as the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. She is an Executive Board member of the Organization of Women in International Trade, an active member of other professional organizations, and a regular lecturer on international and trade law issues.
On considering her dedication, Andrea writes:
My transnational foremother – this was a difficult choice as my first choices have already been selected (Nanny, or Eleanor Roosevelt, for example) and then I had a difficult time choosing between Indira Gandhi and Edith Wharton (whose stories I love and courage I admire).Today Gandhi (prior posts) joins IntLawGrrls' foremothers page. (credit for 1984 postage stamp)
That said, I will choose Indira Gandhi, whose accomplishments and journey as India's first female prime minister reached and stirred me as a young girl in far-away Jamaica, leading me to begin to establish my own dreams and goals.