Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources
Mark Linscott was named Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for
Environment and Natural Resources in October 2003, after previously serving as
the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative in the same office since July
2002. Mr. Linscott oversees all trade and environment issues for USTR, including
related free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations, work in the World Trade Organization and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,
environmental reviews of all trade negotiations, and USTR representation in
meetings and activities under multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).
Previously, as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment
and Natural Resources, Mr. Linscott was the U.S. negotiator in the WTO for trade
and environment issues, as set forth in the Doha Ministerial Declaration, having
taken up such responsibilities from the very start of these first-ever
negotiations in the WTO. He also coordinated negotiating positions on the
environment chapters for FTAs with Australia (on which he was the environment
negotiator), Central America, Morocco, and the South African Customs Union.
Mr. Linscott served six years (1996-2002) in the U.S. Mission to the WTO in
Geneva, where he had diverse responsibilities, including negotiations on trade
in services under the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), which
commenced after the Seattle Ministerial. He also covered customs issues in the
WTO, antidumping and subsidies, government procurement, balance-of-payments
(BOP) issues, and technical barriers to trade. Between 1999 and 2002, Mr.
Linscott was one of the three members appointed by the General Council to the
Management Board for the WTO Staff Pension Fund. Prior to serving in Geneva, he
worked in the Office of WTO and Multilateral Affairs in USTR Washington, where
he was the U.S. negotiator on government procurement issues in the WTO, as well
as NAFTA, APEC and the FTAA.
Mr. Linscott started his career in the federal government at the Department
of Commerce, serving from 1985 to 1988 in Import Administration, with
responsibilities for countervailing duty investigations on foreign subsidy
practices, and from 1988 to 1992 in the Office of Multilateral Affairs, serving
on many U.S. delegations during the Uruguay Round negotiations. He was awarded a
Gold Medal Award, the Commerce Department’s highest honor, for his work on the
1986 Canadian softwood lumber investigation.
Mr. Linscott has a BA in economics from the University of Virginia and a JD
from Georgetown University Law Center.