Jorge Aguilar

Attorney Advisor

Jorge Aguilar is an Attorney Advisor with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of the General Counsel. He manages a portfolio of reform and technical cooperation projects in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. Mr. Aguilar has experience working on different aspects of international economic law and policy, emerging market issues, regulatory regimes, and advocacy in Washington, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining CLDP, Mr. Aguilar worked as a Legal Advisor for Trade at the Center for International Private Enterprise in Washington, D.C., where he was assigned to the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF). Mr. Aguilar advised GATF projects on different aspects of international trade law, regulation, and policy, with a focus on customs reform, modernization, and general trade facilitation. He participated in a diverse portfolio of projects ranging from risk management reforms to the implementation of complex border processing systems.

Mr. Aguilar received his Juris Doctor and a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs/International Development from American University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, with a Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Affairs from Rollins College. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland and is a member of the bar of the U.S. Court of International Trade. Mr. Aguilar is fluent in Spanish.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop