Mark Walter

Managing Director, Trade Policy


J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1998
M.A., Development of South Asian Law and Economy, University of London, 1994 (all but thesis)
M.S., Journalism, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia, 1991
B.A., English Writing, University of Pittsburgh, 1989

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Leading Nathan’s work in developing country legal reform and capacity building related to compliance with trade agreements, Mark Walter oversees new business development, program management, and technical work. His technical specialization is in trade and business regulatory and capacity programming, trade policy reform and assessment, and drafting and implementation of commercial law, particularly United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)–related legislation.

Mark is advising the governments of Lao PDR and Myanmar on their draft arbitration legislation, implementing regulations, and related institutions. He is also supporting reform of a number of trade-related laws in Lao PDR for the LUNA II WTO and ASEAN Compliance project, for which he is project director. He is also implementing a USAID business climate legal and institutional reform assessment in Lao PDR, taking a deep look at that country's legal and regulatory environment related to trade. In 2013, he concluded a year-long project assessing the ASEAN Member States’ laws and institutions related to cross-border trade in agricultural products and inputs.

Mark was chief of party  from 2006 and 2008 on the USAID Doha Project for WTO Accession in Ethiopia and on its successor project, the Ethiopia WTO Accession Plus Program. In this role, he orchestrated assistance for the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Ethiopia’s bid to join the World Trade Organization. From 2008 to 2011, Mark led the business-enabling environment component of a multimillion dollar USAID private sector development program in Kosovo. He has also served as assistant director for the Center for International Legal Education at the University of Pittsburgh, as adjunct professor of law, and as an international legal consultant. He has worked with trade law reform, lectured, and developed commercial law and legal education reform programs in Ethiopia, Mongolia, Egypt, Thailand, Indonesia, Ukraine, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Uzbekistan, and China. 

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Trade policy, business climate, law and economic development

Selected Publications & Presentations

The CISG and the Business Lawyer: The UNCITRAL Digest as a Contract Drafting Tool. Editor, with Ronald Brand, Harry Flechtner. Oxford University Press. 2007.


CISG Provisions on Insecurity and Prospective Breach. In The CISG and the Business Lawyer.


2 CILE Studies, Private International Law, International Private Law, and EU-US Relations. Executive editor. Thompson West. 2005.


Revisiting the North-South Debates in Light of the Draft Digest: Articles 38, 39 and 44.”  In The Draft UNCITRAL Digest and Beyond. Edited by Ronal Brand, Franco Ferrari, Harry Flechtner.  Thompson West. 2004.


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