Joel P. Trachtman

Professor of International Law

  • BA, Columbia College
  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • General Course Certificate, London School of Economics and Political Science


Joel P. Trachtman is Professor of International Law. Recent books include The Tools of Argument: How the Best Lawyers Think, Argue, and Win; The Future of International Law: Global Government; The International Law of Economic Migration: Toward the Fourth Freedom; Ruling the World: Constitutionalism, International Law, and Global Governance; Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System; The Economic Structure of International Law; and International Law and International Politics. He has consulted for the United Nations, the OECD, APEC, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Trachtman has served on the Boards of the American Journal of International law, the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and the Singapore Yearbook of International Law. He is a member of the bar of the State of New York. From 1998-2001, he was Academic Dean of The Fletcher School, and during 2000 and 2001, he served as Dean ad interim. In 2002, he was Manley O. Hudson Visiting Professor of Law, and in 2004 he was Nomura Visiting Professor of International Financial Systems, at Harvard Law School. He graduated in 1980 from Harvard Law School, where he served as editor in chief of the Harvard International Law Journal. His undergraduate education was at the London School of Economics and Columbia College.

Curriculum Vitae - Joel P. Trachtman

Professional Activities
  • Member of editorial boards of American Journal of International Law, European Journal of International Law and Journal of International Economic Law
  • Consultant to the OECD, UNCTAD and APEC
  • former Chairman, International Economic Law Interest Group, American Society of International Law
  • former Honorary Secretary, International Law Association (American Branch)
  • practiced international business and finance law with Shearman & Sterling (New York and Hong Kong)

  • International Business Relations Program
  • Hitachi Center on Technology and International Relations

Research Interests
  • International economic law, including international trade, finance, migration, investment, and business law
  • International Economic Law and Policy Research Blog - A weblog dedicated to current developments and scholarship in the field of international economic law and policy

• Review Essay: The Law Market, by Erin A. O'Hara and Larry E. Ribstein (Oxford, 2009), forthcoming in American Journal of International Law.
• Subsidization, Price Suppression, and Expertise: Causation and Precision in Upland Cotton (with AndrĂ© Sapir), 7 (Special Issue 1) World Trade Review 183 (2008).
• "Canada-Wheat: Discrimination, Non-Commercial Considerations, and the Right to Regulate Through State Trading Enterprises (with Bernard Hoekman)" 7 (Special Issue 1) World Trade Review 45 (2008).
Measuring the Shadow of the Future (with George Norman), 2008:1 Illinois Law Review.
• Embedding Mutual Recognition at the WTO, 14:5 Journal of European Public Policy 780 (2007).
• Regulatory Jurisdiction and the WTO, 10 Journal of International Economic Law 3 (2007).
• The WTO Cathedral, 43 Stanford Journal of International Law 127 (2007).
Trachtman, Joel P. "The World Trading System, the International Legal System and Multilevel Choice." European Law Journal 12, no. 4 (2006): 469-485.
Trachtman, Joel P. "The Constitutions of the WTO." European Journal of International Law 17, no. 3 (2006): 623-646.
• Welcome to Cosmopolis, World of Boundless Opportunity, 39 Cornell International Law Journal 477 (2006).
• Trachtman, Joel P and George Norman. "The Customary International Law Game." American Journal of International Law 99, no. 3 (2005): 541-580.
Trachtman, Joel P. "Book Review: "Conflict of Norms in Public International Law: How WTO Law Relates to Other Rules of International Law" By Joost Pauwelyn." American Journal of International Law, 2005, 855.
Trachtman, Joel P. "Changing the Rules: Constitutional Moments of the WTO." Harvard International Review 26, no. 2 (2004): 44-48.
Trachtman, Joel P and Amelia Porges. "Robert Hudec and domestic regulation: the resurrection of aim and effects." Journal of World Trade 37, no. 4 (2003): 783-799.
Trachtman, Joel P. "Notes and Comments: Robert E. Hudec (1934-2003)." American Journal of International Law 97, no. 2 (2003): 311-313.
Trachtman, Joel P and Philip Moremen. "Costs and Benefits of Private Participation in WTO Dispute Settlement: Whose Right Is It Anyway?." Harvard International Law Journal 44, no. 1 (2003): 221-250.
Trachtman, Joel P. "Legal Aspects of a Poverty Agenda at the WTO: Trade Law and 'Global Apartheid'." Journal of International Economic Law 6, no. 1 (2003).
Trachtman, Joel P. "Toward Open Recognition? Standardization and Regional Integration under Article XXIV of GATT." Journal of International Economic Law 6, no. 2 (2003): 459-492.

• Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System (co-editor with Chantal Thomas, and chapter author), Oxford University Press 2009.
• Ruling the World: Constitutionalism, International Law, and Global Governance (co-editor with Jeffrey Dunoff, and chapter author), Cambridge University Press 2009.International Law and International Politics (editor), Ashgate Press 2008.
• The International Law of Economic Migration: Toward the Fourth Freedom, Upjohn Institute 2009.
• The Economic Structure of International Law, Harvard University Press 2008.
Trachtman, Joel P. The Economic Structure of International Law. Harvard University Press, 2008.
• Trachtman, Joel P. The International Economic Law Revolution and the Right to Regulate. 2006.
• Trachtman, Joel P. Economic Analysis of International Law. 2006.

• International Economic Law Research: A Taxonomy, in International Economic Law: The State and Future of the Discipline (Colin B. Picker, Isabella D. Bunn & Douglas W. Arner, eds., 2008).
Trachtman, Joel P. ""Negotiations on Domestic Regulation and Trade Services (GATS Article VI): A Legal Analysis of Selected Current Issues."" In Reforming the World Trading System: Legitimacy, Efficiency, and Democratic Governance, ed. Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, 2005.
• Trachtman, Joel P. "Unilateralism and Multilateralism in U.S. Human Rights Laws Affecting International Trade." In International Trade and Human Rights: Foundations and Conceptual Issues, eds. Frederick Abbott, Christine Breining-Kaufmann and Thomas Cottier, University of Michigan Press, 2005.
• Trachtman, Joel P. "Economic Analysis and International Law." In Economic Analysis of Law: A European Perspective, ed. Jeffrey L. Dunoff, 2003.
Trachtman, Joel P. ""Lessons for the GATS from Existing WTO Rules on Domestic Regulation."" In Domestic Regulation & Service Trade Liberalization, eds. Aaditya Mattoo and Pierre Sauve, 2003.
• Trachtman, Joel P. "The Agency Model of Judging in Economic Integration: Balancing Responsibilities." In The Role of the Judge in International Trade Regulation: Experience and Lessons for the WTO, eds. Thomas Cottier and Petros C. Mavroidis, 2003.

Trachtman, Joel P. "Domestic regulation is vital: Developing countries must retain policy flexibility." The Financial Express, 15 June 2005.





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