TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - The law firm of Cassels Brock & Blackwell
LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Lawrence Herman as a
Senior Fellow of the C. D. Howe Institute.
"Lawrence Herman is one of Canada's pre-eminent experts in international
trade policy," said William Robson, President and Chief Executive
Officer of the C. D. Howe Institute. "His diplomatic experience and his
extensive expertise make him ideal to play a leadership role in our
trade and international economics policy work."
Mr. Robson explained that Mr. Herman will "bring distinctive strengths
to an area that has been, and will continue to be, critical to Canada's
A frequent author and speaker at the Institute, Mr. Herman currently
holds the position of Associate Counsel at Cassels Brock LLP. His
practice emphasis is on international trade and international business transactions. He acts for corporations, governments and international
agencies in the trade area, dealing particularly with the GATT/WTO, FTA
and NAFTA. He regularly appears as counsel before dispute-resolution
bodies under the NAFTA, as well as before the Canadian International
Trade Tribunal and the courts in Canada.
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
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.
Lawrence 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
The C. D. Howe Institute is an independent not-for-profit organization that aims to raise
Canadians' living standards by fostering economically sound public
policies. It is a trusted source of essential policy intelligence, with
research that is rigorous, evidence-based, and peer-reviewed,
recommendations that are relevant, constructive, and timely, and
communications that are clear, authoritative and practical.
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is a Toronto-based law firm of more than 200 lawyers focused on serving
the transaction, advocacy and advisory needs of Canada's most dynamic
business sectors. One of the largest business law practices in Canada,
the firm serves multinational, national and mid-market entities and is
dedicated to providing value-driven advice in the areas of corporate
and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate
finance, tax, intellectual property, real estate and international
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For further information:
James Fleming, Director of Publications and Media, C.D. Howe Institute: (416) 865-1904
Kelli Wight, Director, Business Development, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP: (416) 860-6761