John Dickerson

Senior Commercial Law Advisor

John K. Dickerson currently serves as Senior Commercial Law Advisor to the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) that helps to achieve U.S. foreign policy goals in developing and transitioning countries through commercial legal reforms. From 2013-2014, John served as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Southern Command, where he represented all of DOC within the Command’s joint interagency efforts to foster comprehensive whole-of-society solutions for 21st century challenges by integrating the public and private sectors into the shared mission of ensuring security, enhancing stability, and enabling prosperity in Latin America and the Caribbean.  John joined DOC in 2009, serving as DOC’s senior member of the Civilian Response Corps where he participated in numerous interagency task forces and special projects, including deployments to Haiti (2010), Kyrgyzstan (2010-2011), and Afghanistan (2011-2012), as well as contributing significantly to U.S. efforts to provide non-lethal aid to civilian-led unarmed opposition groups in Syria.

John began his practice of law with the Legal Office of Ford Motor Credit Company in 1984, and transferred to the Office of the General Counsel of Ford Motor Company in 1988. In his last assignment with Ford, John was the Secretary and Managing Counsel of Ford Global Technologies, an organization responsible for managing the intellectual capital of Ford on a global basis. His previous legal practice with Ford has included domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and commercial matters; election law and lobbying matters; government contracting and public affairs; dispute resolution; and extensive work with state and federal regulators in diverse areas such as banking and finance law, insurance, employment law, securities law, and occupational health and safety matters.

John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point (’74), as well as a Master of Business Administration (’83) and Juris Doctor (’84) degree from the University of Detroit. He has lectured at universities and various professional venues on topics such as international transactions, joint ventures, ethics in business, government-industry cooperative agreements, and the monetization of intellectual property. 


Upcoming Programs

February 21, 2018 - March 24, 2018

On February 21-22, 2018, CLDP held a workshop in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) for officials from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  The workshop was held at the WTO Secretariat on the margins of the meetings of the Committee for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).   At the workshop, the Afghan officials discussed with U.S. and WTO experts the procedural and substantive requirements of the WTO SPS and TBT Agreements, and methods for effective engagement in SPS and TBT Committees.  WTO experts also presented on the online tools made available to WTO members by the Secretariat to facilitate timely notifications. 

Following the workshops, the Afghan officials participated in the WTO SPS and TBT Committees, ensuring that Afghanistan has a more active role on issues critical to Afghanistan's trade sector, and provides answers to questions posed by SPS Committee members. 

March 10, 2018 - March 17, 2018

On March 10-15, CLDP hosted a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan (MoMP) in Washington, DC. Her Excellency Nargis Nehan, Acting Minister of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, headed the Afghan delegation in the U.S.  CLDP facilitated meetings for the Afghan delegation with U.S. Government agencies and the private sector.  During the meetings, MoMP’s representatives provided a comprehensive update on the current state of the Afghan extractive sector, while reinforcing the commitment of the Afghan government to reforms required to transition the extractive sector to a competitive and efficient market.  The MoMP’s representatives also provided an overview of potential mining projects and sought the private sector’s input on how to make the Afghan extractive industry more attractive to foreign private investment, as well as explained the ministry’s commitment to capacity building. In response, CLDP formally launched a 15 months-long extractive training course, designed for key technical and legal employees within the ministry.  

CLDP in Action

February 27, 2018 - March 2, 2018

CLDP together with its institutional partner Extractive Resources Governance Program (ERGP) at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, co-hosted a workshop of 13 officials from Pakistan on Establishing an Effective and Independent Regulator in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

Read More about Pakistan: Upstream Regulator Workshop