Merit E. Janow is Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Practice, International Economic Law & International Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.  Professor Janow is a leading expert in international trade and investment with extensive experience in academia, government and business, and life-long experience in the Asia-Pacific region. For the past 18 years, Merit E. Janow has taught advanced graduate courses at SIPA and Columbia Law School in international trade and antitrust law, international economic and financial policy, China in the international trading system, among others.  She was appointed Dean of SIPA in 2013.  Previously she held a number of leadership positions at Columbia University: Chair of the Columbia University Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing; Director of the Program in International Finance and Economic Policy at SIPA, 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 court of final appeal for adjudicating trade disputes between the 153 member nations of the WTO. She was the only North American Member and the first female to serve on the Appellate Body. 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 speaks 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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