John Butler

World Shipping Council

President and CEO

John Butler was named President and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC) in August 2015 after serving as General Counsel for the association since 2010.

Prior to joining the World Shipping Council, John was a Partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Sher & Blackwell, where he served as outside counsel to the WSC. For almost two decades, he advised liner shipping companies and trade associations on regulatory, commercial, security, hazardous materials, environmental, contract and anti-trust issues. He has represented the liner shipping industry in federal agency rulemakings, legislative activities, and federal court litigation on a broad range of security, environmental, regulatory, and commercial matters.

John has been admitted to the bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C., Ninth, and Third Circuits. He is a former President of the Maritime Administrative Bar Association.

John began his legal career as a Law Clerk in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from George Washington University Law School.

Sessions With John Butler

Tuesday, 2 March

  • 12:15pm - 01:00pm (EST) / 02/mar/2021 05:15 pm - 02/mar/2021 06:00 pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    The Route to Zero-Emission Shipping

    Increasingly stringent mandates to cut greenhouse gas emissions has further turned up the heat on the at-times fraught relationship between shippers and carriers. This session will feature a discussion with carriers and those working with shippers on decarbonization to illuminate how both sides are attempting to work together to achieve incremental environmental victories on Scope 3 emissions in the short and medium-term, bringing them closer to what will ultimately be a fossil fuel-free future while walking a fine line on cost sensitivity.