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December 13, 2019 – William Robson, President and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute, announces the re-appointment of Lawrence Herman as a Senior Fellow.

“The C.D. Howe Institute has benefitted from Larry’s keen insights into international trade, and many other aspects of economic policy, for many years,” said Robson. “He has been a key contributor to the Institute’s work, and we are delighted to continue our association with him.”

“For my part, I am pleased to be associated with Canada’s foremost policy think-tank and with its top quality expert staff. The analytical materials produced by the C.D. Howe Institute on major issues facing the country are of the highest order, timely, focussed and intellectually sound. The Institute’s contribution to Canadian public policy is nothing less than outstanding”, says Herman.

A frequent author and speaker at the Institute, Lawrence Herman currently holds the position of Counsel at Cassidy Levy Kent (Ottawa/Washington), an international law firm that focuses on legal and policy issues raised by cross-border transactions, trade controls and trade remedy litigation. Prior to joining Cassidy Levy Kent, Herman was Associate Counsel at Cassels Brock LLP.  

Early in his career, Herman served in the Canadian Foreign Service in a variety of posts, at the United Nations in Geneva and in Ottawa, representing Canada in numerous international conferences and meetings, including the GATT, UNCTAD, OECD and the United Nations Conference. Prior to leaving the Foreign Service in 1980, he was the head of the Economic and Treaty Law Section in the External Affairs Department. As a private practitioner, he appeared for Canada at the International Court of Justice in 1984 in the Gulf of Maine maritime boundary dispute.

Mr. Herman has served on many government-industry advisory bodies over the years, including the Market Access Advisory Group of the Department of International Trade during the WTO Doha Round negotiations. Currently, Mr. Herman is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Department of International Trade and chairs the Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s own National Advisory Committee.

In the past, he has been chairman of the Canada-Taiwan Business Association and the Trade Policy Committee of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association, a member of the International Affairs Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the board of the Energy Council of Canada and of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs.

Internationally, Mr. Herman has served on the executive of the Energy and Resources Law Section of the International Bar Association. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute and is a member of the North American Forum. Mr. Herman has advised international bodies, such as the Commonwealth Secretariat (London) and the World Energy Council (London), the latter having appointed him Director of its Task Force on Trade and Investment in 2006-2009.

Herman has authored many scholarly articles and spoken regularly to business groups on matters of international trade, international business transactions and related subjects. He has been a columnist for the Financial Post and continues to write regularly for Canada’s national newspapers and appear on television discussing international trade and politics. He is a frequent guest lecturer on international law at universities, including law schools.

For more information please contact: C.D. Howe Institute at 416-865-1904; email: media@cdhowe.org.

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