Arezo Yazd

Arezo Yazd is an International Attorney-Advisor with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Yazd is assigned primarily to work on legal reform and economic development issues with Afghanistan and countries in the Arabian Peninsula.

Prior to joining CLDP, Ms. Yazd was in private practice with a focus on International Real Estate and Structured Finance in New York City at Paul Hastings LLP and Weil Gotshal LLP, respectively.  Ms. Yazd was also a Fellow at Human Rights Watch from 2009-2010.  In 2008, Ms. Yazd clerked in the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee for the Constitution. Ms. Yazd has published on several news outlets, including CNN, Al Jazeera America and The Huffington Post on international law and foreign policy issues.   

Ms. Yazd earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where she co-founded the Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law. She was also the Executive Editor for the Berkeley Journal of International Law. She earned her Bachelor degree in Middle East Studies and Political Science from the University of California-Berkeley, graduating with High Honors. Ms. Yazd speaks Persian and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

Upcoming Programs

October 15, 2017 - October 20, 2017

CLDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the Ministry of Agriculture, supported the travel of the Government of Ukraine (GOU) delegation to the GPA Committee Meeting on October 16-20, 2017, at WTO Secretariat, Geneva. The GOU delegation consisted of two Ministry of Economic Development and Trade officials. They attended the GPA Committee meeting and participated in bilateral negotiations with the U.S. and other delegations.

The GOU participation in the GPA Committee Meeting will ensure Ukraine has a more active role on issues critical to Ukraine’s trade sector; it effectively accomplishes the procedural requirements, carries out the negotiations, and provides answers to questions posed by GPA Committee members, including the United States.

CLDP in Action

September 14, 2017 - September 19, 2017

CLDP hosted standards experts from the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan for U.S.-based consultations to assist in developing trade-related harmonized standards in Central Asia and benefit domestic and international businesses alike through increased market access, transparent system, and fair regulations.

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