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About Gregory C Shaffer

Professor Gregory Shaffer is the Melvin C. Steen Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He previously was Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Director of the university’s European Union Center of Excellence, Co-Director of its Center on World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), and Wing-Tat Lee Chair at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School. He practiced law in Paris for seven years for Coudert Frères and Bredin Prat, where he was a member of the Paris bar.
He teaches courses in international law, international trade law, European Union law, administrative law, and constitutional law, among other areas, and conducts a variety of research seminars.
Professor Shaffer's publications include Dispute Settlement at the WTO: The Developing Country Experience (with Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, Cambridge UP, 2010), When Cooperation Fails: The International Law and Politics of Genetically Modified Foods (with Mark Pollack, Oxford UP, 2009), Defending Interests: Public-Private Partnerships in WTO Litigation (Brookings Institution Press, 2003), Transatlantic Governance in the Global Economy (with Mark Pollack, Rowman & Littlefield 2001), and over 60 articles and book chapters on international trade law, global governance, and globalization's impact on domestic regulation. Professor Shaffer's work is cross-disciplinary and empirical, addressing such topics as public-private networks in international trade litigation; comparative institutional approaches to trade-social policy conflicts; and national regulation in global context. His papers can be downloaded from SSRN at
Professor Shaffer is on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, co-Chair of the ASIL's International Economic Law Group, and founding Board member of the Society of International Economic Law. He is a recipient of two U.S. National Science Foundation awards, was a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute, a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Rome, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation and at Columbia Law School. Among his numerous presentations, he was a speaker at three of the five conferences organized by the WTO Appellate Body for its tenth anniversary, held in Tokyo, Cairo and Sao Paulo. Professor Shaffer is the Senior Research Fellow in the program on developing countries and WTO dispute settlement at the International Centre on Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva (see
Professor Shaffer has also published one chapbook of poems, Forest (Artemis, 1998), and his poems have appeared in around a dozen journals.


Present Affiliated Professor: Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Present Melvin C. Steen Professor of Law, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities



Research Interests

International Law, International Trade Law, European Union Law, Administrative Law, and Constitutional Law

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