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Simon Lester is a trade policy analyst with Cato’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies. His research focuses on WTO disputes, regional trade agreements, disguised protectionism and the history of international trade law.

Before joining the Cato Institute, he worked for the trade law practice of a Washington, D.C., law firm, and also as a legal affairs officer at the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization. In 2001 he founded the international trade law website WorldTradeLaw.net. He has written a number of law journal articles, which have appeared in such publications as the Stanford Journal of International Law, the George Washington International Law Review and the Journal of World Trade. In addition, he has taught courses on international trade law at American University’s Washington College of Law and the University of Michigan Law School.

He has a JD from Harvard Law School.

More from Simon Lester

Commentary

Post-Brexit UK Trade Policy: A Chance to Break Free

Huffington Post. July 21, 2016.

Charting a Free Market Course for UK Trade Policy

Huffington Post. July 7, 2016.

The ISDS Controversy: How We Got Here and Where Next

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. July 1, 2016.

Cato Studies

Articles

The TPP’s Contribution to Public International Law

ASIL Insights. Vol. 19. No. 26. December 2, 2015.

Reforming the International Investment Law System

Maryland Journal of International Law. Vol. 30. No. 1. May 6, 2015.

Rethinking the International Investment Law System

Journal of World Trade. Vol. 49. No. 2. 2015.