Donald Trump — From Queens to the Global Stage — Always Following his Inner Litigating Self.



From Jamaica Estates, Queens, to the White House — Donald Trump has consistently perverted the litigation &  judicial system. Domestically and internationally. This will not end well for him nor his enablers. It’s simply unamerican.

From his days as a real estate operator in Queens, New York, owning and managing middle class apartments, to the White House Donald Trump has  more than grossly abused the legal system.

As a private citizen he has been involved in 3,500 to 4,000 cases. Always lying. Losing or dropping most cases. This approach has been extended to Donald Trump’s actions on the international stage. In particular, his disregard for international law rules, institutions, alliances and agreements. He has a truly generalized hatred for rules. (This is mirrored in many ways his management of his Trump Organization, essentially a small management company, that employed his relatives and a few additional individuals.)

Trump’s disregard of international rules can be seen in his attack on a broad range of treaties and institutions. To me, none is more delusional than his attack on the WTO and the dispute resolution system. This system was devised by the U.S. and is the central pillar of the global trading system today — establishing global trade rules and in litigating them. The boy from Queens is now causing havoc in Geneva and other world capitals.

Of course, President Trump’s abuse of U.S. trade legislation in his tariff and trade wars, his disregard of domestic law in a broad range of domestic matters, and in dealing with the Congress is another story. But which is part of his generalized corruption of the legal system and is directly related to his days in Queens as a landlord sued by many including the Department of Justice.


“Trump’s Legal Strategy — Review of Plaintiff in Chief — A Portrait of Donald Trump in Lawsuits (2019).

Losing in Courts but Winning, Trump Can Run Out the Clock.New York Times (Nov. 28, 2019).

“Some Have Their Day in Court. The President Seems to Have Eons.New York Times (Nov. 7, 2019).

Malawer, “Trump, Trade and Federal Courts.”  China and WTO Review  (2019).

Malawer, “Trump’s Tariff Wars and National Security — Political and Historical Perspective.”  China and WTO Review (2018).

Malawer, “U.S.-China Litigation in the WTO (2001-2014).International Law Practicum (2014).


About Stuart Malawer

Distinguished Service Professor of Law & International Trade at George Mason University (Schar School of Public Policy).
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