Paula Paixao e Silva Zarazinski

Attorney Advisor

Paula Paixao e Silva Zarazinski is an Attorney Advisor with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce. She currently manages programs in North Africa focused on small and medium-sized enterprise growth, economic diversification, insolvency reform, and contract enforcement.

Prior to joining CLDP, Mrs. Zarazinski worked at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative where she provided legal capacity building and technical assistance to host-country governments and civil society in Sub-Saharan Africa. She designed and developed programs on judicial training, legal reform, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, regional advocacy, and strategic litigation. Mrs. Zarazinski began her legal career at INTERPOL providing legal advice to member states and conducting research on international law issues.   

Mrs. Zarazinski holds an LLB cum laude from the Universidade Federal do Amazonas in Brazil, an LLM in International Law from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in France, and an LLM from the George Washington University Law School where she received a Thomas Buergenthal scholarship. Mrs. Zarazinski is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and Brazil. She is fluent in Portuguese, French, and speaks intermediate 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