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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 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


Six Degrees of Integration: How Closely Will the TTIP Integrate the Transatlantic Market?

European Yearbook of International Economic Law. Vol. 7. July 17, 2016.

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.