Craig Thorn focuses on issues related
to the World Trade Organization (WTO), international trade negotiations, regulatory trade barriers and biotechnology.
He advises trade associations, companies and governments on disputes under the WTO and other international trade agreements.
He is a recognized expert on the applicability of WTO rules to regulatory measures governing biotechnology,
geographical indications and other forms of government regulation affecting trade. He maintains a broad range
of international contacts and has provided technical assistance to the governments of Vietnam, Honduras, Korea, Chile, Russia, Latvia and Ukraine. He has testified before Congress on international trade issues.
founding DTB Associates, Mr. Thorn spent over 15 years with the Foreign Agricultural Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
serving most recently as Director of the Europe, Africa and Middle East Division. In that capacity, he managed all aspects
of the U.S.-EU agricultural trade relationship and was actively involved in discussions with Europe on approvals of transgenic
varieties and the labeling of biotech products. He also served as chief negotiator of the U.S.-EU Veterinary Equivalency
Agreement and played a key role in the successful U.S. case in the World Trade Organization against the EU on livestock growth
Mr. Thorn headed the Agriculture Section
in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Geneva from 1992 to 1996, where he represented the United States at the
WTO on agricultural trade matters during final phase of the Uruguay Round negotiations and the first two years of the implementation
of that agreement. In this position, Mr. Thorn played a central role in the negotiation of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture,
served as the chief negotiator of numerous other bilateral and multilateral agreements, and was the U.S. spokesman in the
WTO Committee on Agriculture and the Working Group on State Trading Enterprises.
Prior to serving in Geneva, Mr. Thorn was the Deputy Director of the Multilateral Trade Policy Affairs Division
of FAS, where he supervised USDA work on the Uruguay Round negotiations. Mr. Thorn also has extensive experience in
EU matters from his service at the U.S. Mission to the European Community in Brussels from 1985 to 1988.