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Our current Deep Dives
China's Digital Governance Regime
Learn about developments in China's digital policy from privacy to security and what these developments mean for data policies globally.
Developments in International Investment Policy
Learn how and why governments attract foreign investment and restrict investment into sensitive sectors and analyze treaty commitments as they apply to international investment.
The Intersection of Trade, Investment and Climate Change Policy
Lean how climate change is impacting global trade and investment policy and the efforts to align the trade, investment and climate agendas.
Global Developments in Privacy Law and Policy
Examine key concepts for understanding how information privacy law works, learn about different international approaches and the policy problem of international transfers of personal data.
Governing Digital Trade and Data Flows
Learn about how cross-border data flows are transforming international trade, the economic, legal and policy implications, and how digital trade affects broader international relations.
Learn about how outcomes-based financing such as impact bonds can be used to unlock private investment to fund social and environmental services.
Regulating Artificial Intelligence: Global Developments
Learn about how AI will affect economic growth, trade and international relations, the national and global efforts to govern AI, including ethical AI principles, AI regulation and the development of international AI standards.
Labor Standards and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains
Learn how compliance with labor and human rights standards is being approached by governments domestically and in international trade agreements, and by firms themselves as they seek to respond to consumer demand for ethically produced goods.
Intellectual Property Rights in a Global and Digital Economy
Learn about how intellectual property (IP) rights are managed globally, including through trade and investment agreements and the role of IP in enabling development of critical technologies such as AI and biotechnology.
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Meet Your Experts
Dr. Gustafsson-Wright is a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. Her current focus on effective delivery of social services including education and health interventions in developing countries has consolidated her role as a global expert on innovative financing mechanisms including payment by results, public-private partnerships and impact investing. She is the premier thought-leader and convener in the emerging field of social and development impact bonds and has published widely on this cutting-edge topic, including her most recent series of policy briefs, which examine the success of impact bonds over the past ten years. With over 20 years of experience in development, her career has primarily focused on applied microeconomic research in human development with regional foci in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean including conducting numerous impact evaluations. Her previous professional experience includes working at the World Bank, the UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, and as Senior Researcher with the Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID). Dr. Gustafsson-Wright holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute at the University of Amsterdam, as well as Masters of Science in Applied Economics and Finance and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Kevin Kolben is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management at Rutgers Business School. Kevin is an expert on transnational labor regulation and labor governance in supply chains. His research has appeared in leading journals, including the Harvard International Law Journal, the Journal of International Economic Law, the Virginia Journal of International Law, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, and the Michigan Journal of International Law, among others. Active in policy, he has served on the National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Trade Agreements for the US Department of Labor, has addressed the European Parliament on trade matters, and is currently serving a term as a US panelist for the USMCA’s Rapid Response Mechanism. He also regularly consults with governments and international organizations, such as the International Labor Organization. He recently was part of a team that conducted a comparative analysis and identification of best practices of labor and environmental provisions in trade agreements for the European Commission as part of its trade and sustainable development review process.
Dr Emily Lydgate is a Reader (Senior Associate Professor) in Law and Deputy Director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory, a partnership between University of Sussex and Chatham House. Her research focuses at the intersection of environmental regulation and economic integration. She is a Specialist Advisor to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee of the UK Parliament and has provided expert testimony for a number of Parliamentary Committees. Emily is also an instructor for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's Advanced Diplomatic Academy.
Emily holds a PhD from King's College London and an MSc (with distinction) from Oxford University. She was a Marie Curie Researcher at Bocconi University and has consulted at the United Nations Environment Programme's Economics and Trade Branch, where she acted as a WTO liaison. Emily has been awarded major research grants on trade, climate change and sustainable development from the EU Horizon 2020 programme and UK Research and Innovation. She is on the management team of the Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy. Her research and commentary have been featured in a wide array of media outlets.
Joshua Paul Meltzer
Dr. Meltzer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., where his research focuses on digital trade, data and emerging technologies such as AI. Meltzer leads the Brookings Digital Economy and Trade Project and co-leads the Forum on Cooperation in AI (FCAI). Meltzer has testified before the U.S. Congress, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the European Parliament. He was an expert witness in the Schrems II litigation and a consultant to the World Bank on trade and privacy matters. He is a member of Australia’s National Data Advisory Council. Meltzer teaches digital trade law at Melbourne University and taught ecommerce and digital trade at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office diplomatic academy. Additional academic appointments have included adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, University of Toronto Law School and McGill University Law School. Before joining Brookings, Meltzer was a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. and prior to that he was an international trade negotiator in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Meltzer holds an S.J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor and law and commerce degrees from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Bryan Mercurio is the Simon FS Li Professor of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Specializing in international economic law, Professor Mercurio’s work focuses on the intersection between trade law and intellectual property rights, free trade agreements, trade in services and international investment law. Professor Mercurio is co-author of one of the most widely used case books on WTO law (Hart Publishing, 2018, 3rd ed) and co-editor of the leading collection on bilateral and regional trade agreements (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed, 2016). Professor Mercurio previously taught in the faculty of law at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), worked as a trade negotiator and policy officer and practiced international trade, intellectual property and commercial law in both the United States and Australia. He is a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, Visiting Professor at the KDI School and a frequent consultant and advisor to governments, industry associations and law firms on a wide range of trade and investment matters.
Lauge N. Skovgaard Poulsen OBE
Lauge Poulsen is Professor of International Relations & Law at University College London. Poulsen is chair of the OECD inter-governmental work with stakeholders and experts on investment treaties, where he leads discussions on investment treaties and climate change policy. He serves as specialist adviser to the UK House of Commons' International Trade Committee and leads Whitehall's advanced trade policy training programme. Poulsen was adviser to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2017 to 2020 and was appointed OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in the 2022 Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to UK trade policy. Before joining UCL, Poulsen was a postdoctoral fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and he has been a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution's Economic Studies Division and Melbourne Law School. Prof Poulsen is an editorial board member of several journals, including the Journal of International Economic Law.
Samm Sacks is a Senior Fellow at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center. Her research examines China’s information and communications technology (ICT) policies, with a focus on China’s cybersecurity legal system, the U.S.-China technology relationship, and the geopolitics of data privacy and cross-border data flows. She is writing a book (forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press) with called "Data in Common: the United States, China, and the Future of Digital Policy." Previously, Sacks launched the industrial cyber business for Siemens in China, Japan, and South Korea. Prior to this, she led China technology sector analysis at the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group and worked as an analyst and Chinese linguist with the national security community. She is a frequent contributor to the media and her articles have appeared in outlets including The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, MIT Tech Review, and Slate. She has testified multiple times before Congress on China’s technology and cyber policies. She reads and speaks Mandarin.
Paul Schwartz is the Jefferson E. Peyser Professor at UC Berkeley School of Law and a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Schwartz is the co-author of the leading casebook, Information Privacy Law, and the distilled guide, Privacy Law Fundamentals, each with Daniel Solove, and has published over fifty articles in journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Columbia Law Review, and the University of Chicago Law Review. Schwartz has testified before Congress and served as an advisor to the Commission of the European Union and other international organizations. He assists corporations and international organizations with regulatory, policy, and governance issues relating to information privacy. Schwartz was co-reporter of the American Law Institute’s pathbreaking Data Privacy Law Principles (2019). He is a past recipient of the Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin and a Research Fellowship at the German Marshall Fund in Brussels. Schwartz is also a recipient of grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, the German Academic Exchange, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Schwartz belongs to the Editorial Boards of International Data Privacy Law, the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, and the Zeitschrift für Datenschutz (Data Protection Journal). He is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School, where he served as a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal.