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Simon Lester

Nonresident Fellow
Baker Institute International Economics Program

Simon Lester. J.D. is a nonresident fellow for the Baker Institute International Economics Program and the co-founder of the trade law and policy websites and China Trade Monitor.

Previously, he was the associate director of the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, where his research focused on World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes, regional trade agreements, disguised protectionism and the history of international trade law.

Lester started his professional career at a Washington, D.C., law firm, where his practice included advising companies and governments on matters before the WTO and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, on cases before U.S. government agencies in matters involving anti-dumping and countervailing duty actions, and in U.S. federal court appeals of government agency decisions. He later served as a legal affairs officer at the Appellate Body Secretariat of the WTO. While there, he assisted the Appellate Body members with all aspects of the conduct of individual appeals and arbitrations before the Appellate Body.

Lester has taught courses on international trade law at American University's Washington College of Law, the University of Michigan Law School and Melbourne University Law School. He is also the co-author of a leading textbook in the field of international trade law and has published a wide range of scholarly articles, policy papers, and op-eds.

He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Line, a popular messenger and social media platform in Japan used by around 70 percent of the population, has emerged as the next potential challenge for the fragile relationship between Seoul and Tokyo. Run by Line Yahoo, Line is jointly owned by the South Korean tech company Naver and the Japanese company SoftBank, each holding…

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Region: Asia

May 17, 2024

In the past few years, US tech companies and their advocates have leveled strong criticisms against digital regulation around the world. While the European Union (EU) has been the main target, proposed regulation in other countries has also raised concerns. Recently, there has been a push from a range of Washington, DC policy voices, including…

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Region: Asia

March 28, 2024