April 19, 2012 15:12 Age: 2 yrs

Emory Law Adjunct Professor Co-Authors Customs Law Textbook

Customs Law, a new book co-written by Emory Law adjunct professor Damon V. Pike and Lawrence Friedman, was published earlier this year by Carolina Academic Press.

Customs Law covers the ‘nuts and bolts’ of laws administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency charged with regulating imports into the U.S. and collecting duties, import fees and related taxes,” reads the book’s synopsis.

Areas covered in the 788-page text include:

·       Tariff classification of merchandise under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States;

·       The value of goods under the World Trade Organization Valuation Agreement;

·       Entry and recordkeeping process for imports and intellectual property protection;

·      Examination of the North American Free Trade Agreement; and

·       The system of judicial review by the U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The book also summarizes the requirements of 47 federal agencies U.S. Customs and Border Protection is charged with administering and enforcing with respect to imported merchandise.

Pike is president of the Pike Law Firm PC in Atlanta, which specializes in customs and international trade consulting and litigation. Prior to launching his firm in 2006, Pike spent 13 years with Deloitte including a four-year term as national director of customs services. He clerked with the Hon. R. Kenton Musgrave at the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York City, and worked on the Capitol Hill staff of U.S. Rep. (and later U.S. Sen.) James T. Broyhill  of North Carolina.

Friedman is a partner with Barnes, Richardson & Colburn and an adjunct professor at the Center for International Law at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He is past chair of the customs law committee of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association.

The book’s acknowledgements include thanks to Emory Law research assistants and U.S. Court of International Trade Judge Leo M. Gordon 77L, who was clerk of the court when both authors clerked there. Gordon “provided inspiration and guidance throughout the drafting of this book and our respective careers,” the acknowledgement reads.

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