Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP Announces Appointment of Lawrence Herman as Senior Fellow, C. D. Howe Institute

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 economic health." 

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 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. 

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 Restrictions (2010).

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 business.

SOURCE Cassels Brock

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


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