Merit E. Janow
Professor, International Economic Law and International Affairs in SIPA; Member, WTO Appellate Body (2003-2007)

Merit E Janow is an expert in international trade and investment, with life long experience in the Asia Pacific region. She has been on the faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia Law School since 1994. She is Director of SIPA’s Program in International Finance and Economic Policy, and Professor in the Practice of International Economic Law and International Affairs. Professor Janow has had three periods of public service.

Most recently, she served as a Member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland from 2003 through 2007. The WTO is the final court of appeals for intergovernmental disputes under the international trade rules of the WTO. During her years on the Appellate Body, she heard more than 30 appeals. During the 1997-2000 period, she was Executive Director of the first-ever advisory committee to the Attorney General and US Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, U.S. Department of Justice which focused on international enforcement and policy matters. Earlier, from 1989-1993, she served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, responsible for all bilateral trade negotiations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China and the US and Japan.

Professor Janow currently serves on a number of corporate and not for profit boards of directors, and on the international advisory council of China’s sovereign wealth fund, the China Investment Corporation. She is the author of three books and numerous articles and is fluent in Japanese. She as a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.