Semira Nikou


Semira Nikou

Semira Nikou advises clients on international economic regulation and trade policy.

Ms. Nikou has extensive experience in the public service sector. She previously worked as a special assistant general counsel at the US Mission to the World Trade Organization and a law clerk at the Office of the US Trade Representative. She also interned for the Honorable Amy B. Jackson of the US District Court for the District of Columbia and was a legal volunteer at the Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i.  

While in law school, Ms. Nikou served as a senior research associate at the Public International Law & Policy Group and a law clerk at the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. Prior to pursuing her law degree, she worked at the US Institute of Peace.

Publications & News


November 16, 2017

The US Revises Commercial and Travel Sanctions Against Cuba

The US Departments of the Treasury and Commerce implemented President Trump's June 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum that was designed to tighten restrictions on individual travel to Cuba and on dealings with Cuban military-related entities.

September 26, 2017

Trump Administration Imposes Broad New Sanctions Against North Korea

Over the past several years, as North Korea has increased the capability of its nuclear and ballistic missile program, there has been a steady increase in sanctions pressure against North Korea by the United States and the broader international community. In response to the latest provocations from North Korea, late last week President Trump declared that it was time to “maximize pressure” on North Korea and signed a new Executive Order.


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JD, cum laude, American University, Washington College of Law, 2015

BA, International Relations, with honors, Scripps College, 2009

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


New York



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