Andrew Lang


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Professor Andrew Lang joined the Edinburgh School of Law in 2017 as the Chair in International Law and Global Governance. Prior to that, he was Professor of Law at the London School of Economics. He is an expert in Public International Law, with a specialty in International Economic Law and the Law of the World Trade Organization. He has a combined BA/LLB from the University of Sydney, where he was a double University Medallist, and his PhD is from the University of Cambridge, supported by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. From 2004-6, Professor Lang was a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, before teaching at the London School of Economics from 2006 until 2017. 

His research focusses broadly on role of international legal structures in the constitution of global markets, and on the ways in which global institutions of economic governance reconfigure state formations globally. His current projects include an account of the relationships between global regulatory governance and the propagation of variegated forms of the regulatory state from the 1980s onwards, and an assessment of the contemporary strategies, programmes and techniques of government currently emerging at the global level under the rubric of 'agility'.

Professor Andrew Lang has been selected for inclusion in a list of individuals suitable for appointment as Chairperson for arbitrations and Trade and Sustainable Development expert panel proceedings under EU bilateral free trade agreements. He is on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy, and serves on the DIT Trade Stakeholders Working Group and the Scottish Services Trade Forum.

Professor Lang consults on legal matters related to international trade and investment, including most recently for the Bank of England, HM Treasury, Department for International Trade, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Financial Conduct Authority, European Commission, the European Parliament, and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).  He has consulted on matters relating to in the inclusion of maritime transport in the EU ETS, the G7 climate club proposal, and CBAM issues. He has recently completed a commentary on the provisions of the General Agreement on Trade in Services relating to financial services.

Professor Lang's article on 'Heterodox markets and ‘market distortions’ in the global trading system' was the recipient of the 2019 John H. jackson Memorial Prize. His article, 'Reflecting on 'linkage': Cognitive and institutional change in the international trading system' (2007) 70(4) Modern Law Review 523-49 won the Wedderburn Prize, and his PhD Dissertation at the University of Cambridge received the Yorke Prize.

Professor Lang has taught on Harvard's Institute for Global Law and Policy, the University Melbourne LLM program, the World Trade Institute's Masters of International Law and Economics (MILE) program, the University of Barcelona's IELPO course, as well as the IIEM Academy of International Trade Law in Macau. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Visiting Faculty at the University of Michigan, and an International Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.

He is a co-founder, with Colin Picker, of the Society of International Economic Law. He sits on the Editorial Committee of the Modern Law Review, the Editorial Boards of the London Review of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, and the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, where he has also been a Book Review Editor.

In 2012-13, he was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.



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