Merit Janow

School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Merit E. Janow is an internationally recognized expert in international trade and investment and northeast Asia, with extensive experience in academia, government and business. She is Dean of the faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a Professor of Practice in International Economic Law and International Affairs at SIPA and affiliated faculty at Columbia Law School. In addition, she is Co-Director of the APEC Study Center. 

At SIPA, she has introduced new interdisciplinary academic initiatives around technology and public policy, central banking and sound financial policy, and key regions of the world.   

In December, 2003 Professor Janow was elected for a four year term as one of the seven Members of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body – the first female to serve on the Appellate body. During her years on the Appellate Body, she adjudicated more than thirty disputes ranging involving subsidies, trade remedies, agriculture, and services, amongst other areas. 

From 1997 to 2000, she served as the Executive Director of the first international antitrust advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to joining Columbia’s faculty, she was Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China (1989-93) and was responsible for bilateral trade negotiations for the United States with Japan and China. She negotiated more than a dozen trade agreements.   

Professor Janow is the author of three books and numerous articles.  She is the past Chair of the Nasdaq Stock Market and serves on the Board of Directors of Mastercard, the American Funds and Trimble Inc.  She also a trustee of Japan Society. In 2009, she became a charter member of the International Advisory Council of China’s sovereign wealth fund, China Investment Corporation or CIC. She grew up in Japan and speaks Japanese. She has a JD, Columbia Law School and a BA in Asian Studies, University of Michigan.