Dr. David Kleimann is currently a Policy Advisor of the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee for International Trade (INTA), Bernd Lange (MEP). David’s research focuses on law, practice, and institutional change in EU external economic governance after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 (PhD Thesis: The Transformation of EU External Economic Governance). In international economic law, his research interest lies with the substantive coverage of the most recent generation of preferential trade agreements (PTA) and regional economic integration in East Asia in particular. David has served as a consultant to the Commission funded EU – China Trade Project as well as the World Bank’s International Trade Department and coordinated the trade policy project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ Brussels office in 2009/2010. His work has been published inter alia by Cambridge University Press, the Journal of World Trade and Legal Issues of Economic Integration. His comments on EU and international trade law and policy issues have featured in a wide range of international and national media including the New York Times, the Economist, the BBC World Service, National Public Radio, Politico Europe, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Handelsblatt (Germany), Financieele Dagblad (Netherlands), Sole 24 Ore (Italy), and the Caijing Magazine (China). David holds a PhD in European, International, and Comparative Law from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He was initially educated in law, economics, and political science at Erfurt University in Germany and was later awarded a 1st of Class Master’s degree in international trade law and economics (MILE) by the World Trade Institute (WTI) in Berne, Switzerland.