Sherman Katz

Senior Advisor at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress


Sherman Katz practiced trade law until 1999, working on behalf of corporations, financial institutions and governments to create, negotiate, litigate or legislate solutions to public and private trade and investment issues. He represented his clients before the US Trade Representative, the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission, and other agencies with regulatory authority regarding international trade and investment. In addition he provided advice to industry members and governments regarding bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations and trade disputes, World Trade Organization and regional trade agreement laws and procedures, and application of US laws to international business.

Katz held the William Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2000-2006), and was a Senior Associate for Trade, Equity and Development at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2006-2007) and Director for Outreach at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (2007-2008). There he convened and conducted discussions of US trade policy including: annual Former USTR Seminars (2001-2008) on trade policy issues with US Trade Representatives Barshefsky, Brock, Eberle, Hills, Kantor, Portman and Yeutter; seminars on major trade policy problems with speakers from the US Congress, US Trade Representative, International Trade Commission, US Departments of Commerce, Treasury, State and Agriculture; and informal, off-the-record discussions of labour and environment in trade agreements, trade adjustment assistance and other key issues with representatives of labour, business and non-governmental organisations to explore points of convergence. He also helped create a website, www.globalization101.org, for use as an educational tool in high schools and colleges to help teach about key globalisation issues, such as trade, investment, technology, environment, health, and culture.

Katz has served as a trade policy issues advisor to the Presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton, Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter, Edmund Muskie and George McGovern. His articles on international trade policy have been published in Wall Street Journal Europe, Wall Street Journal Asia, The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Journal of Commerce, National Law Journal, The International Lawyer, The American Interest, and The International Law Quarterly, among others.

He holds a BA from Amherst College (cum laude, 1965), a JD from the Columbia University School of Law (1969), a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University School of International Affairs (1969) and a Diploma in European Community Law from Oxford University (1992).