David A. Gantz

Samuel M. Fegtly Professor Emeritus; Director Emeritus, International Economic Law and Policy Program

David A. Gantz teaches and writes in the areas of international trade and investment law, regional trade agreements, public international law and international environmental law. He is also the Will Clayton Fellow for Trade and International Economics at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, with a focus on their Mexico Center. Previously, David was a visiting professor of law at American University and George Washington University Law School, a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania and visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Costa Rica. David has also taught at Georgetown University, Loyola University, the University of San Diego Law School and Universidad Rafael Landívar. He served earlier in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State and practiced law in Washington, D.C., after earning AB (Harvard College), JD and JSM (Stanford Law School) degrees.

David also serves at the Will Clayton Fellow for Trade and International Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. In that capacity he writes and participates in various projects for the Institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico. See https://www.bakerinstitute.org/expert/david-gantz.

He has written extensively on World Trade Organization and NAFTA trade law and dispute resolution issues, as well as a range of other international trade matters. Gantz is the author, co-author or editor of seven books and more than 75 journal articles, has served as a consultant for the UNDP, USAID and the World Bank, among others, and served as a panelist under Chapters 11, 19 and 20 of NAFTA. His most recent book is The Future of Trade: A North American Perspective (Edward Elgar Publishers, December 2023).

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement:  Its Substance and Impact on International Trade, NAFTA, and Other FTAs (co-editor, with Jorge Huerta Goldman, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020).
  • USMCA Reports: Available at https://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/david-a-gantz/.
  • The Risks and Rewards of Renegotiating the North American Trade Relationship, 33 Md. J. Int'l L. 127 (2018).
  • Liberalizing International Trade after Doha: Multilateral, Plurilateral, Regional, and Unilateral Initiatives (2013).
  • GATT/WTO Rules Governing the Use of Safeguard Measures, in International Trade Law and the WTO 269 (Indira Carr, Shawkat Alam, & Md Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan eds., 2013).
  • Resolution of Investor-State Controversies in Developing Countries, 5 Law & Dev. Rev. 83 (2012).
  • WTO Case Reviews, Arizona J. Int'l & Comp. L. (annual reviews, 2000 - 2017) (co-author, with Raj Bhala et al.).
  • Trade Remedies in North America: Laws, Economic Analyses and Practice (2010) (co-author, with Gregory Bowman, Nick Covelli, & Ihn Ho Uhm).
  • Regional Trade Agreements: Law, Policy & Practice (2009).
  • Complete List of Publications


  • J.S.M. Stanford Law School
    Thesis topic:  "Industrial Encouragement Legislation in Central America: The Costa Rica Experience"
  • J.D. Stanford Law School
    Ford Foundation International Legal Studies Fellowship; President, International Law Society; Editorial Board and co-founder, Stanford Journal of International Studies
  • A.B. Harvard College
    Graduated cum laude in Government

Admitted to Practice

  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio

Work Experience

  • Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law; Director Emeritus, International Economic Law and Policy Program
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2017 - present
  • Professor of Law and Director, International Trade Law Program
    University of Arizona College of Law
    1993 - 2017
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    Georgetown University Law Center
    Fall 2015; Fall 2016
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    American University, Washington College of Law
    Fall 2009
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    George Washington University Law School
    Fall 2003 - Spring 2004
  • Summer Teaching
    Georgetown University, Florence
    Summer 2000
  • Summer Teaching
    Loyola University, Cuernavaca, Mexico
    Summer 1999
  • Summer Teaching
    University of San Diego School of Law
    Summer 1997
  • Summer Teaching
    Georgetown University Heidelberg Program
    Summer 1996
  • Summer Teaching
    Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala City
    Summer 1995
  • Summer Teaching
    University of Arizona
    Summer 1994
  • Partner
    Various Washington, D.C., law firms
    1977 - 1993
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
    Georgetown University Law Center
    1981 - 1993
  • Lecturer in Law
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Attorney-Adviser and Assistant Legal Adviser
    Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
    1970 - 1977
  • Law Clerk
    Judge Charles M. Merrill, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    1969 - 1970
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
    University of Costa Rica
    1967 - 1969


  • American Society of International Law
    1966 - present
  • American Arbitration Association

Public & Institutional Service

  • NAFTA Chapter 11 Arbitrator (Feldman v. United Mexican States)
    2001 - present
  • Consultant to the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade on Customs and Trade Law Issues
    1999 - present
  • Member, University of Kansas School of Law SJD Review Committee
  • Consultant to Vietnamese Ministry of Justice on Trade Law Issues
    2000 - 2001
  • Arbitrator, NAFTA Chapter 20 (Cross-Border Trucking Services)
    2000 - 2001
  • Arbitrator, AAA International Rules
    1999 - 2000
  • Arbitrator under 1996 U.S. - Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement
  • Panelist in Three NAFTA Chapter 19 Cases: Bailer Twine (U.S. v. Cananda); Flat Coated Steel Plate (U.S. v. Mexico); and Cement (Mexico v. U.S., chairperson)
    1994 - 1999
  • U.S. Judge, Administrative Tribunal of the Organization of American States
    1987 - 1995


  • Arthur Andrews Distinguished Teaching/Mentoring Award
  • Certificate of Appreciation, for various legal services relating to the peace-keeping mission of the Multinational Force and Observer
  • U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Award
  • Ford Foundation (International Legal Center) Latin American Legal Studies Fellowship
    1969, 1968, 1967
Business & Commercial Law
Environmental Law
International Law
International Trade & Business Law