David Kleimann

Post-Doctoral Fellow


Dr. David Kleimann is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC and a member of the Executive Council of the Society for International Economic Law (SIEL). His research focuses on international trade law, EU external economic relations law, and trade policy. His comments on trade law and policy issues have featured in a wide range of international and national media, such as the New York Times, the Economist, the Telegraph, Politico Europe, CBC (Canada), Handelsblatt (Germany), and the Caijing Magazine (China).


Dr. Kleimann earned his PhD in European, International, and Comparative Laws at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, where he defended his thesis on ‘The Transformation of EU External Economic Governance’ in 2017. He holds a 1st of class Masters degree in International Law and Economics (MILE) from the World Trade Institute (WTI) in Berne, Switzerland, and an LL.M in International Law (with distinction) from Kent Law School in Brussels, Belgium.


In the past, Dr. Kleimann has served as a policy advisor to the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee for International Trade (INTA), Bernd Lange. He has taught WTO law at the law department of the University of Mannheim, Germany. He also acted as a consultant to the World Bank’s International Trade Department (2012/13) and the EU - China Trade Project (2014). In 2009/10 he coordinated the trade policy project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS) in Brussels. In 2008, he completed traineeships in the Directorate General for External Trade of the European Commission in Brussels and the WTO’s Agriculture Division in Geneva, Switzerland.

Selected Publications


Beyond the Shadow of the Veto – EU Economic Treaty-Making after Opinion 2/15, in: Fahey, E. (ed): Institutionalisation beyond the Nation State, Springer, 2018.

Reading Opinion 2/15: Standards of Analysis, the Court’s Discretion, and the Legal View of the Advocate General, EUI Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies Working Paper 2017/23, Global Governance Programme, Florence, 2017.


The Signature, Provisional Application, and Conclusion of EU Trade and Investment Agreements: The Case of CETA and Opinion 2/15, 45(1) Legal Issues of Economic Integration, co-authored with Gesa Kübek, 2017.

ASEAN’s External Agreements: Law, Practice, and the Quest for Collective Action,  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, monograph co-authored with Marise Cremona, Rena Lee, Joris Larik, and Pascal Vennesson, 2015.

Beyond Market Access? The Anatomy of ASEAN’s Preferential Trade Agreements, 48(3) Journal of World Trade, Kluwer, 2014.

Taking Stock: EU Common Commercial Policy in the Lisbon Era, 2011(2) Swiss Journal of International Economic Relations (Aussenwirtschaft), 2011.

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