Kenneth I. Juster

Kenneth I. Juster



Kenneth I. Juster joined in January 2005 as Executive Vice President of Law, Policy, and Corporate Strategy. He is a member of the Company's executive committee and oversees, among other areas, legal matters, global public policy and strategy, corporate development, and risk management.

Juster previously served as U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce from 2001-2005, in charge of the Bureau of Industry and Security. In that capacity, Juster oversaw issues at the intersection of business and national security, including strategic trade controls, imports and foreign investments that affect U.S. security, enforcement of antiboycott laws, and industry compliance with international arms control agreements. He also founded and served as the U.S. Chair of the U.S.-India High Technology Cooperation Group, and was one of the key architects of the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership initiative between the United States and India. In addition, he was responsible for negotiating and signing the End-Use Visit Understanding between the United States and China that facilitated increased exports of U.S. high technology to China. Upon completion of his term at the Commerce Department, Juster received the Secretary of Commerce's William C. Redfield Award and Medal, the Commerce Department's highest honor.

Juster also served as the Counselor (Acting) of the U.S. Department of State from 1992-1993, and as the Deputy and Senior Adviser to Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger from 1989-1992. He was one of the key U.S. government officials involved in establishing and managing U.S. assistance programs to Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He also was actively involved in policy matters relating to China, Japan, Latin America, Israel, and the Persian Gulf. Upon completion of his tenure at the State Department, Juster received the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award and Medal, the State Department's highest honor.

From 1981-1989 and 1993-2001, Juster practiced law at the firm of Arnold & Porter, where he became a senior partner and his work involved international arbitration and litigation, corporate counseling, regulatory matters, and international trade and transactions. Juster also served as a law clerk in 1980-1981 to Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and worked at the National Security Council in 1978.


Juster holds a law degree from the Harvard Law School, a Master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in government (Phi Beta Kappa) from Harvard College. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in 1993. He was an AFS Exchange Student to Thailand in 1971.


Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit from the President of the Federal Republic of Germany (for contributions to U.S.-German relations), 2006

Secretary of Commerce’s William C. Redfield Award and Medal, 2005

Vasco Núñez de Balboa en el Grado de Gran Cruz Decoration and Medal from the President of Panama (for contributions to U.S.-Panama relations), 2004

Blackwill Award from the U.S.-India Business Council (for contributions to U.S.-India relations), 2004 Friendship Awards from the U.S.-Panama Business Council (for contributions to U.S.-Panama relations), 2004, 2002

Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award and Medal, 1993

Distinguished Alumnus of Scarsdale High School, 2007


Juster has published extensively on international economic and legal issues, including Making Economic Policy: An Assessment of the National Economic Council (Brookings Institution, 1997) and “The Myth of Iraqgate” in Foreign Policy magazine (Spring 1994). Below are some of his selected publications:

“The Weapons of Mass Disruption,” Business Standard (India), p. 8, October 15, 2004.

“A New Strategic Partnership for the U.S. and India,” The Wall Street Journal Online/The Asian Wall Street Journal, p. 11, October 1-3, 2004.

“U.S.-India High-Tech Cooperation,” Business Times (India), Vol. 23, No. 1 (2004).

“Critical Infrastructure Assurance: A Conceptual Overview,” in Security in the Information Age: New Challenges, New Strategies (Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, 2002) (co-author).

“The United States and Iraq: Perils of Engagement,” in Richard N. Haass and Meghan O’Sullivan (eds.) Honey and Vinegar: Incentives, Sanctions, and Foreign Policy (Brookings Institution, 2000).

“The Santa Elena Case: Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back,” The American Review of International Arbitration, Vol. 10 (1999).

“The Mistake of a Separate Peace,” The Washington Post, p. A15, August 9, 1999.

“Iraq: An American Perspective,” in Richard N. Haass (ed.) Transatlantic Tensions: The United States, Europe, and Problem Countries (Brookings Institution, 1999).

Making Economic Policy: An Assessment of the National Economic Council (Brookings Institution, 1997) (co-author).

“Lessons on the Uprooted From Bosnia Peace Accord,” Christian Science Monitor, p. 18,February 7, 1996 (co-author).

“The Myth of Iraqgate,” Foreign Policy, No. 94 (Spring 1994).

“International Arbitration and Other Procedures for Dispute Resolution,” in James A. Dobkin, et al. (eds.) Joint Ventures With International Partners (Butterworths, 1993).

“Assisting Countries in Transition,” in Michael A. Epstein, et al. (eds.) New Developments in Doing Business in Eastern Europe, Russia and Ukraine (Prentice Hall, 1993).

“An Overview of U.S. Government Assistance to Central and Eastern Europe,” in Charles Wolf, Jr. (ed.) Promoting Democracy and Free Markets in Eastern Europe (RAND, 1991).

“Law Enforcement Against International Terrorists,” University of Colorado Law Review, Vol. 60, No. 3 (1989) (co-author).

“The UNCITRAL Model Law on International Arbitration,” Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Vol. 3, No. 2 (1988) (co-author).

“The Libyan Sanctions: A Rational Response to State-Sponsored Terrorism?” Virginia Journal of International Law, Vol. 26, No. 4 (1986) (co-author).

“Attacking State-Sponsored Terrorism: The Libyan Sanctions,” Export Today, Vol. 2, No. 2 (1986) (co-author).

“Multilateral Action Urged Against Terrorism,” The Journal of Commerce, p. 15A, September 27, 1985 (co-author).

“Section 103 of the Revenue Act of 1971 and the Houdaille Case: A New Trade Remedy?” North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Vol. 9, No. 3 (1984) (co-author).

“Multinational Corporations: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977,” Harvard International Law Journal, Vol. 20, No. 3 (1979).

“Foreign Policy-Making During the Oil Crisis,” The Japan Interpreter, Vol. 11, No. 3 (1977).

“Kissinger's Evolving Agenda for China,” Harvard Political Review, Vol. 3, No. 4 (1975).

Professional Affiliations

Council on Foreign Relations

World Affairs Council

Pacific Council on International Policy

American Council on Germany

The French-American Foundation

Board, U.S.-India Business Council

Board, U.S.-Panama Business Council

Former Council Member, American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and Practice

Former Advisory Board Member, ABA’s Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI)

Former Chairman, ABA International Law Section’s Technical Legal Assistance Board

Former Chairman, ABA’s International Investment and Development Committee

Phi Beta Kappa

AFS Exchange Program (International Scholarship to Thailand – 1971)

External links

* [ executive biographies]
* [ Kenneth I. Juster Biography on U.S. Department of Commerce web site]
* [ Speech on U.S.-India Civil Space Cooperation]
* [ Speech on U.S.-India Relations and High-Technology Trade]
* [ Confirmation Hearing before U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs]

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