C. Donald Johnson

C. Donald Johnson

About the Author


C. Donald Johnson is Director Emeritus of the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was on the faculty for eleven years and taught international trade law in Beijing and Geneva. 

Previously, he was a partner at Patton Boggs, LLP in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in international trade law.  

From 1998 through 2000, as an Ambassador in the Office of United States Trade Representative, he served as the Chief Textile Negotiator during the negotiation of the U.S.-China WTO Accession Agreement and the precedent-setting U.S.-Cambodia Textile Agreement, which linked trade benefits to compliance with labor standards.

From 1993 to 1995, he represented the 10th district of Georgia as a Member of Congress, where he focused on national security and international economic policy, including NAFTA and the WTO implementing legislation.

Johnson also served in the Georgia State Senate from 1987 to 1992, where he was chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He served on the trade staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee during its consideration of the Trade Act of 1974.

He earned his BA in history and JD from the University of Georgia and holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

For media interested in speaking with Don, please contact HIM at JOHNSOCD@UGA.EDU