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Lawrence Herman
Counsel at Cassidy Levy Kent


A frequent author and speaker at the Institute, Mr. 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, Mr. Herman was Associate Counsel at Cassels Brock LLP.  

Early in his career, Mr. 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 numerous government-industry advisory bodies over the years, including the Market Access Advisory Group set up by the Department of International Trade in 2005 to provide expert advice to the Canadian government in the Doha Round negotiations underway in Geneva. He has chaired the Trade Policy Committee of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association and is a long-standing member of the International Affairs Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Herman is a proud member of the Board of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute. For years, he was on the executive of the Energy and Resources Law Section of the International Bar Association and the national board of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs. In 2007, the World Energy Council (London) appointed him to be Director of its Task Force on Trade and Investment.

Mr. 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.

He is the author of three books: Canadian Trade Remedy Law and Practice (1997), Canadian Trade Law: Practice and Procedure (2007) and Export Controls & Economic Sanctions: A Guide to Canadian Trade Restrictions (2010).