Lawrence L. Herman is a graduate of the the University of Saskatchewan (B.A., 1966) and the University of Toronto Law Faculty (1969).
After being called to the Bar in 1970, he served in the Canadian Foreign Service in the 1970’s in a variety of posts, at the United Nations in Geneva and in Ottawa, representing Canada in numerous international conferences and meetings, including the GATT, OECD and the UN Conference on the Law of the Sea. Prior leaving the External Affairs Department in 1980, he was the head of the Department’s Economic and Treaty Law Section in the Legal Bureau.
In private law practice, Mr. Herman appeared on behalf of Canada in the International Court of Justice in the Gulf of Maine boundary case in 1984.
For many years, he has concentrated his legal practice on international trade and business transactions, representing private sector clients, governments and international agencies, dealing particularly with the GATT/WTO, FTA and NAFTA (where he acts as counsel before dispute-resolution bodies).
He regularly represents clients at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, in the courts and before Parliamentary committees.
In addition to lawyerly activities, he was a member of the Market Access Advisory Group (MAAG) of the Canadian Foreign Affairs and International Trade Department providing advice on business issues in the WTO trade negotiations.
Mr. Herman has been on the Council of the International Bar Association’s Energy Section for many years and served as chair of the Trade Policy Committee of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and as a member of the Executive Board of the Canada-US Law Institute; the International Affairs Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and several other business and government trade policy organizations.
From 1990-1993, he was the Chairman of the Canada-Taiwan Business Association.
In 2007, he was appointed Director, Task Force on Trade and Investment Rules of the World Energy Council, London, UK.
He was named a Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute in 2011 and sits on the International Economic Policy Council and the National Policy Council of that well-respected think-tank .
Lawrence Herman has been recognized as a leading lawyer by the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada and Chambers Global.
Lexpert bestowed him with its Zenith Award in 2012 for his contributions to the field of international trade law.
He regularly lectures on international law at Canadian law schools and business faculties.
As a sometime journalist, he was op-ed columnist on international trade and business for the Financial Post (Toronto) from 1993 to 1998 and contribute frequently to The Globe and Mail and other newspapers.
Together with numerous articles in legal and business journals, Lawrence Herman has written several text books: Canadian Trade Remedy Law & Practice (1997), Canadian Trade Law (2008) and, most recently, Export and Import Controls, Sanctions and Other Trade Restrictions (2010).
Among my other non-professional activities, he has served on the boards of Heritage Toronto, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and Jazz.FM.91, a public radio station in Toronto. Currently, he is chair of the Toronto Summer Music Festival and a board member of the Council for Business and the Arts, a not-for-profit corporation advocating closer ties between Canadian performing arts organizations and the private sector.