Columbia University (New York)

Merit E. Janow

Columbia University (New York)
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Merit E. Janow is a leading expert in international trade and investment. She has extensive experience in academia, government and business, with life-long experience in the Asia-Pacific region. For the past 16 years, Merit E. Janow has been a Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Columbia Law School. She teaches advanced graduate courses in international trade and antitrust law, international economic and financial policy, China in the international trading system, among others. Currently she is Director of the Program in International Finance and Economic Policy at SIPA, a graduate program with over 200 students; the Co-Director of the APEC Study Center at Columbia Business School, and Chair of the Faculty Oversight Committee of Columbia’s Beijing Center. She is the author of three books and numerous articles. In December 2003, Professor Janow was elected for a four year term as one of the seven Members of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body, which is the tribunal of final appeal for adjudicating trade disputes between the 153 member nations of the WTO. From 1997 to 2000, Professor Janow served as the Executive Director of the first international antitrust advisory committee to the Attorney General and the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, US Department of Justice. Prior to joining Columbia’s faculty, Professor Janow was Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China (1989-93). She was responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing U.S. trade policies and negotiating strategies towards Japan and China. She was involved in the negotiating of more than a dozen sectoral trade agreements with Japan and China. Early in her career, Professor Janow was a corporate lawyer specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions with the global law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York and before that she worked at a U.S. think tank. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan, and is fluent in Japanese. She has a JD, Columbia Law School and a BA, University of Michigan, Asian Studies. Professor Janow currently serves on the Board of Directors of several corporations and not for profit organizations.

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Merit E. Janow is a leading expert in international trade and investment. She has extensive experience in academia, government and business, with life-long experience in the Asia-Pacific region. For the past 16 years, Merit E. Janow has been a Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Columbia Law School. She teaches advanced graduate courses in international trade and antitrust law, international economic and financial policy, China in the international trading system, among others. Currently she is Director of the Program in International Finance and Economic Policy at SIPA, a graduate program with over 200 students; the Co-Director of the APEC Study Center at Columbia Business School, and Chair of the Faculty Oversight Committee of Columbia’s Beijing Center. She is the author of three books and numerous articles. In December 2003, Professor Janow was elected for a four year term as one of the seven Members of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body, which is the tribunal of final appeal for adjudicating trade disputes between the 153 member nations of the WTO. From 1997 to 2000, Professor Janow served as the Executive Director of the first international antitrust advisory committee to the Attorney General and the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, US Department of Justice. Prior to joining Columbia’s faculty, Professor Janow was Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China (1989-93). She was responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing U.S. trade policies and negotiating strategies towards Japan and China. She was involved in the negotiating of more than a dozen sectoral trade agreements with Japan and China. Early in her career, Professor Janow was a corporate lawyer specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions with the global law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York and before that she worked at a U.S. think tank. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan, and is fluent in Japanese. She has a JD, Columbia Law School and a BA, University of Michigan, Asian Studies. Professor Janow currently serves on the Board of Directors of several corporations and not for profit organizations.

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