Edmund W Sim


Practice Experience and Education

Practice Experience

Edmund W Sim`s internationally recognized practice focuses on trade remedies (including antidumping and countervailing duties), Section 301, safeguards, customs, foreign investment, intellectual property, antitrust, competition and other issues. He has participated in over 240 trade remedy proceedings involving products from semiconductors to shrimps and economies as diverse as China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, South Africa, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Mr Edmund W Sim represents exporters and governments in international trade disputes between Asia and Latin America, Canada, Africa, Europe and the United States, and within Asia itself. Mr. Sim has provided assistance to government trade ministries in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Oman, the Philippines and Indonesia in the implementation of antidumping and countervailing duty laws, rules of origin, free trade agreements, and investment laws. Much of this work involves application of the WTO agreements.

Mr Edmund W Sim has participated in dispute resolution proceedings under the WTO, GATT, NAFTA and U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement. He has also participated in U.S. antitrust investigations involving the extraterritorial application of U.S. unfair competition law to Southeast Asian companies and governments.

Mr Edmund W Sim has also represented companies in dealing with the economic integration of the ASEAN economies into the ASEAN Economic Community through the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement, the ASEAN Investment Area and the ASEAN Industrial Cooperation Scheme. Mr. Sim regularly provides advice to major Japanese, American and European multinational corporations regarding developments in ASEAN. He advises the Government of Timor-Leste on its accession to ASEAN.

Mr Edmund W Sim serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Law School, teaching on the law and policy of the ASEAN Economic Community. He also edits a blog on developments in the ASEAN Economic Community.

Mr. Sim frequently speaks on international trade issues to corporate and university audiences and has provided commentary on trade issues to news sources such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, USA Today, Straits Times, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Standard, Bangkok Post, Channel News Asia, People`s Daily, Reuters, AFX, Bloomberg, BBC and CNBC.

Mr Edmund W Sim was formerly a partner in the international law firms of White & Case and Hunton & Williams and an associate at the U.S. law firms of Patton Boggs and Willkie Farr. During university, he worked at the Office of U.S. Vice President George H.W. Bush and Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury.


J.D., University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, Executive Articles Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law; co-president, Asian American Law Students Association, 1991.

A.B., Dartmouth College, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, student body vice president, 1988.


English, Spanish Chinese (Cantonese)

Professional History and Affiliations

Bars and Courts

U.S. Court of International Trade, admitted 1992

District of Columbia, admitted 1992

Maryland, admitted 1991

Membership of Professional Bodies

Past Vice Chair and past Treasurer, American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore

Past Chair and past Secretary, International Bar Association, Trade and Customs Law Committee

Past Co Chair, Pacific Rim Interest Group, American Society of International Law

Past Vice Chair, Asia Pacific Committee, American Bar Association

Past Vice Chair, Inter Pacific Bar Association, International Trade Committee

Past President, Dartmouth Alumni Club of Singapore

Recent Projects

Senior legal advisor to Asian Development Bank-funded support of the Government of Timor-Leste and the accession of Timor-Leste to ASEAN.


  • Teaching ASEAN Economic Law and Policy (US State Department Foreign Service Institute) Jul 2015 – Present

Occasional lecturer on ASEAN law and policy at US Department of State, Foreign Service Institute.


  • Drafting Mongolia's Safeguards Law 2019 

Worked on EU Trade Related Assistance to Mongolia and Mongolian government team to draft and implement the WTO Safeguards Agreement in Mongolia.


Conducted training session on FTA structure and institutions for Greater Tumen Initiative, a regional cooperation effort involving Japan, China, South Korea, Mongolia and Russia.


  • Expanding Thailand-US Economic Relations 2018

Part of team that analyzed potential opportunities to expand Thailand's economic relationship with the United States, for the Government of Thailand.


  • Analyzing ASEAN's SME Policy 2017

Prepared and presented briefing paper to Lao parliament on ASEAN SME policy.


Led on-site workshops in China, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam on how ASEAN agricultural exporters can expand market share in China through the ASEAN-China FTA, funded by the GiZ.


  • Studying Middle East-East Asia FTA 2016-2017

Participated in team feasibility study for a Middle Eastern country considering a free trade agreement with an Asian trading partner.


Created and taught workshop on negotiating trade agreements for Indonesian Ministry of Industry and Trade, funded by the EU-Indonesia Trade Cooperation Facility.


  • Studying Thailand's Joining the Trans Pacific Partnership 2016

Member of team retained by Government of Thailand to study Thailand's joining the Trans Pacific Partnership.


  • Analyzing WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement 2015

Created and taught presentation on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and Asian FTAs for GIZ Experts Forum.


  • Training on ASEAN (Laos) 2015

Created and taught presentation on ASEAN Economic Community for the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs (funded by the Asia Foundation).


  • Training on Trade Remedies (Thailand) 2012

Taught training presentations on EU anti-subsidy law and safeguard law and how it affects Thai exporters, in cooperation with the EU delegation to Thailand.


Prepared FTA training manual for use in African Tri-Partite FTA negotiations, funded by TradeMark SA.


  • Conducting ASEAN Rules of Origin Workshop 2011

Created and taught one week training presentations on rules of origin and certificates of origin for ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA implementation project in Bali. ATIGA and ASEAN FTAs with India, China, Korea, and Japan also covered. Conducted in cooperation with Australian Department of Foreign Trade.


Conducted research on rules of origin in ASEAN in the automotive industry, for the ASEAN Secretariat and funded by the European Commission.


  • Studying Government Procurement in Thailand-Australia FTA 2008

Conducted study of government procurement issues in the Thailand-Australia FTA, for the Thai Ministry of Finance.


  • Studying ASEAN-EU FTA 2007

Government of Thailand retained our team to conduct a feasibility study of the ASEAN-EU FTA.


  • Blogger, ASEAN Economic Community Blog
  • Co-Author, The Foundation of the ASEAN Economic Community: An Institutional and Legal Profile (with Stefano Inama), 2015, Cambridge University Press
  • Co-Author, Rules of Origin in ASEAN: a Way Forward (with Stefano Inama), 2015, Cambridge University Press
  • ASEAN Trade in Goods, ASEAN Law and Regional Integration: Governance and the Rule of Law in Southeast Asia's Single Market, 2020, Routledge
  • Co-Author, Prioritizing Integration Goals in the ASEAN Economic Community in a Changing World, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies Research Paper Series, European University Institute, 3.15.16
  • Author, ASEAN Further Enhances Its Dispute Settlement Mechanism, Indonesian Journal of International and Comparative Law, Spring 2020
  • Author, Vietnam: A Tale of Two APECs, The Diplomat, November 2017
  • The Outsourcing of Legal Norms and Institutions by the ASEAN Economic Community, Indonesian Journal of International and Comparative Law, Fall 2013
  • Contributor, Domestic Judicial Review of Trade Remedies 2013 TPP Must Not Repeat FTA Mistakes of Last Century, Business Times (Singapore), 06.05.13
  • Author, Between China and America? Real Choices Facing Indonesia, Jakarta Globe, 04.22.13
  • Author, AEC: First and Foremost a Single Production Base Agreement, T-AB Magazine (Amcham Thailand), 11.01.12
  • Author, Burma Sanctions: On the Ground in Yangon and Naypyidaw, World ECR, 09.01.12
  • Author, How ASEAN Protects Singaporean Investments Abroad, Singapore Business Review, 05.31.12
  • Author, Drawing Strength from an American Tradition, Straits Times, 11/24/11
  • Author, ASEAN Economic Ministers Lay Down a Marker for FTA Negotiations, Quest Magazine (CIMB ASEAN Research Institute), 11.01.11
  • Author, AICO – the Operational Paradigm of the AEC, Quest Magazine (CIMB ASEAN Research Institute), 11.01.11
  • Author, Legal Foundations of the ASEAN Economic Community, T-AB Magazine (Amcham Thailand), 10.01.11
  • Author, Timor Leste and ASEAN: Who Is Not Ready for Whom? OpinionAsia, 05.17.11 http://opinionasia.com/node/891
  • Author, Time to Revisit Burma Sanctions? World ECR, 03.01.11
  • Author, ASEAN Chair Indonesia Needs to Work Fast on Preah Vihear, OpinionAsia, 03.01.11http://opinionasia.com/node/871
  • Author, Investing in the ASEAN Economic Community, International Bar Association Asia-Pacific Forum Newsletter, 02.01.11
  • Author, A Survey of Safeguard Measures in East Asia, Legal Media Group Guide to the World`s Leading International Trade Lawyers, 2010
  • Author, Can ASEAN Become a Premier League, OpinionAsia, 04.16.10,http://opinionasia.com/ASEANPremierLeague
  • Author, Do FTAs Mean Free Trade Agreements or Fear and Trepidation in ASEAN, OpinionAsia, 01.10.10, http://opinionasia.com/ASEANChinaFTA
  • Author, Kickstarting APEC: What Obama Can Do in Singapore, OpinionAsia, 11.10.09,http://opinionasia.com/KickstartingAPEC
  • Author, The Tires Decision: President Obama’s Flashpoint in Sino-U.S. Relations, OpinionAsia, 09.16.09, http://opinionasia.com/TiresUSChina
  • Author The ASEAN Economic Community, Legal Media Group Guide to the World`s Leading International Trade Lawyers, 2009, http://www.expertguides.com/default.asp?Page=10&GuideID=197&CountryID=21
  • Author, Singapore and Gulf Cooperation Council Sign Free Trade Agreement, internationallawoffice.com, 01.09.09
  • Author, The ASEAN Charter, One of Many Steps to an ASEAN Economic Community, International Trade Law and Regulation, 2008
  • Author, ASEAN Free Trade Agreements: Could Taiwan Be Next?, internationallawoffice.com, 11.14.08
  • Author, Singapore and China Sign Free Trade Agreement, internationallawoffice.com, 11.07.08
  • Author, ASEAN Charter to Take Effect Following Indonesian Ratification,www.internationallawoffice.com, 10.24.08
  • Author, Thailand Next to Ratify ASEAN Charter, internationallawoffice.com, 10.10.08
  • Author, Philippines Ratifies ASEAN Charter, www.internationallawoffice.com, 10.10.08
  • Author, ASEAN and Singapore Extend Free Trade Agreements, internationallawoffice.com, 10.03.08
  • Author, Update on ASEAN Charter Ratification, internationallawoffice.com, 08.08.08
  • Author, The Post-Doha Asian Trade Environment, OpinionAsia, 08.02.08,http://opinionasia.com/ThePostDohaAsianTradeEnvironment
  • Author, ASEAN: Will Global Problems Force and Increase in Trade Remedies?, international lawoffice.com, 06.27.08
  • Author, Book Review, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food, Singapore American Newspaper, 06.2008
  • Author, ASEAN Concludes Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan, international lawoffice.com, 04.25.08
  • Author, US FTAs: The Legislative Block heard around the World, OpinionAsia,04.21.08,http://opinionasia.com/TheLegislativeBlockheardaroundtheWorld
  • Author, Introduction to the ASEAN Economic Community, internationallawoffice.com, 04.11.08
  • Author, Malaysia Economy Also a Winner in Polls, The Brunei Times, 03.16.08
  • Author, Another Winner in Malaysia`s Elections: Open Markets?, OpinionAsia, 03.12.08,http://opinionasia.com/AnotherWinnerinMalaysiasElections
  • Author, Back to the Thailand-US FTA talks, Bangkok Post, 02.26.08
  • Author, Get private sector involved, Singapore Straits Times, 11.23.07
  • Author, Politics in the U.S.: Diverse Asian infusions, Singapore Straits Times, 10.22.07
  • Author, Texas Two Step: ASEAN-US relations set to rebound in Crawford, OpinionAsia, 09.20.07, http://opinionasia.com/ASEANUSrelationssettoreboundinCrawford
  • Co-author, Asean-EUFTA Benefits Thailand, Bangkok Post, 09.14.07
  • Author, The other missing piece of ASEAN Integration, OpinionAsia, 08.03.07,http://opinionasia.com/TheothermissingpieceofASEANIntegration
  • Author, Rebuilding confidence in Chinese exports, Singapore Straits Times, 07.24.07
  • Author, A Survey of East Asian Trade Remedy Systems from Singapore to India, Legal Media Group Guide to the World`s Leading International Trade Lawyers, 2007
  • Author, Tearing up China`s subsidy policy, Singapore Straits Times, 04.10.07
  • Author, Reinforcing Asean`s Third Pillar, Singapore Straits Times, 02.20.07
  • Author, Trade with Asia: Which Way Will EU Jump?, Singapore Straits Times, 12.13.06
  • Author, New Driver in Backseat of US Trade Policy, Singapore Straits Times, 11.13.06
  • Author, Foundation work must begin now, Singapore Straits Times, 08/25/06
  • Author, Overview of Asian Trade Remedies, Asia Pacific Antitrust and Trade Review, 2005
  • Contributor of foreword and chapters on trade remedies and dispute resolution, Making Business Sense of the Singapore FTAs, Times, 2003
  • Author, U.S. Antidumping Law: What the Vietnamese Seafood Industry Needs to Know, November 2003
  • Author, Derailing the Fast-Track for International Trade Agreements, Florida International Law Journal, Winter 1993
  • Author, Throwing a Monkey-Wrench Into the Wheels of International Finance, Michigan Journal of International Law, Spring 1990


Teaching and Conference Appearances

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, National University of Singapore Law School, Law and Policy of the ASEAN Economic Community seminar, 2010-2017
  • Visiting Lecturer, Universitias Pelita Harapan, Jakarta, Law and Policy of the ASEAN Economic Community, 2012-2015
  • Trade Negotiations Workshop, Indonesian Ministry of Industry and Trade, Jakarta, 11.11.15
  • Exploring the Limits of Southeast Asian Diplomacy (Guest Lecture), Georgetown University, Washington DC, 11.5.15
  • Malaysia as 2015 ASEAN Chair: Our People, Our Community, Our Vision, American University ASEAN Studies Center, Washington, 10.22.15
  • Economic Integration in Southeast Asia: AEC and RCEP, Foreign Service Institute, US Department of State, 8.18.15
  • Emerging Issues in International Trade, Indonesian Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Jakarta, 7.27.15
  • Prioritizing Integration Goals in the ASEAN Economic Community, European University Institute, Florence, 7.1.15
  • Trade Facilitation and Compliance: Putting Text Into Action, GIZ, Bangkok, 5.28.15
  • The Role of Law in Developing the ASEAN Economic Community, Bangkok University School of Law, 5.27.15
  • The Foundation of the ASEAN Economic Community, Universitas Hang Tuah, Surabaya, 5.23.15
  • Moving the ASEAN Economic Community Beyond 2015, Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vientiane, 5.18.15
  • Changes in Asia, Cause and Impact, University of Michigan Alumni Association, Singapore, 5.16.15
  • ASEAN Integration: An Economic Community in 2015?, Asia Foundation, Washington DC, 4.8.15
  • The EU Experiences and Its Lessons for ASEAN, Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law, Kuala Lumpur, 12.15.14
  • Asian Regional Architecture: Steps Towards ASEAN Integration, Asia Foundation, Washington, 10.24.14
  • Overview of the ASEAN Economic Community, ICISD, Washington, 9.30.14
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, National University of Singapore Law School, Law and Policy of the ASEAN Economic Community seminar, 2010-present
  • Overview of the ASEAN Economic Community, ICISD, Washington, 9.30.14
  • ASEAN Economic Community: Roles of the Judiciary, Civil Service College for Thai Judiciary, Singapore, 9/15/14
  • ASEAN Economic Community Plenary, NUS Law School-Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Hanoi, 4.1.14
  • ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement ? Overcoming Barriers to Successful Exporting, GIZ, Beijing, 3.20.14
  • Unfair Trade: Legal Recourse, Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 11.20.13
  • Roundtable on Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, Association of Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Kuala Lumpur, 11.19.13
  • Asian Perspectives: Prospects and Challenges to ASEAN Regional Integration by 2015, Asia Foundation, Washington, DC 9.17.13
  • Private Sector View of the ASEAN Economic Community, American University ASEAN Studies Center, Washington, DC 9.16.13
  • Taiwan Trade Strategy in the Second Obama Administration, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan), 05.17.13
  • ASEAN Economic Community and the Trans Pacific Partnership, ERIA-UPH Seminar, Jakarta, 04.24.13
  • Governance in the ASEAN Economic Community, Universitas Pelita Harapan law school seminar, Jakarta, 04.22.13-4.24.13
  • Law and Policy of the ASEAN Economic Community, Lee Kuan Yew School training program for Council of State of Thailand, Singapore, 04.22.13
  • The Challenges of ASEAN: The South China Sea, Investment Protection and Myanmar, American Society of International Law, Washington, 04.06.13
  • Myths and Realities of the ASEAN Economic Community, IMA Asia, Singapore 02.26.13
  • Strategic Challenges and Opportunities in ASEAN,” CIMB-Nanyang Technological University program, Singapore, 02.19.13
  • Why the AEC Needs More ASEAN, Not Less, US-ASEAN Business Council, Singapore, 10.18.12
  • Myths and Realities of the ASEAN Economic Community, American University ASEAN Studies Center, Washington, 09.26.12
  • Overview of the WTO Safeguards Agreement, Thai Ministry of Commerce, Bangkok, 09.25.12
  • ASEAN Economic Community Myths and Realities, American Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok, 09.24.12
  • Developing an Indigenous ASEAN Economic Community Law and Policy, International Conference on International Relations and Development, Chiang Mai, 07.26.12
  • The Reliance on Non-ASEAN Legal Structures and Norms in ASEAN Regionalism, 9th Asian Law Institute Conference, Singapore, 05.31.12
  • ASEAN’s Outsourcing of Legal Norms and Institutions, Utrecht-Airlangga joint conference, Surabaya, 04.03.12
  • Cotton Textiles and Apparel in the ASEAN FTAs, Cotton Council International, Singapore, 11.30.11
  • Investing in the ASEAN Economic Community:Indonesia, IE Singapore – Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore, 11.29.11
  • Self-Certification in Singapore and the EU, ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Are Economic Work Cooperation Work Program, Bali, 10.04.11
  • Law and Policy of the ASEAN Economic Community, Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh 09.27.11
  • EU-Korea FTA as a Template for Asia, College of Europe, Bruges 07.05.11
  • Southeast Asia’s Evolving Regional Architecture: ASEAN, APEC and TPP, Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce and Mansfield Foundation, Washington, DC 06.14.11
  • Legal and Policy Foundations of the ASEAN Economic Community, American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, Bangkok, 06.01.11
  • Trade Issues Affecting Vietnam, IE Singapore – Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore, 04.20.11
  • Forging a Common Market in ASEAN: Legal and Policy Dimensions, American University ASEAN Studies Center and US-ASEAN Business Council, 03.25.11
  • Seizing Opportunities in the Growing China and ASEAN Markets, Singapore Business Federation, 02.23.11
  • Antidumping in the Real World, National University of Singapore Law School, 09.27.10
  • Antidumping Legislation Workshop for Trade Officials, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore, 08.31.10
  • Is the United States Left Behind? Foreign Policy in Asia, Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, Washington, DC 07.06.10
  • Trade Remedies and the Steel Industry, Malaysian Iron and Steel Industry Federation, Kuala Lumpur, 06.24.10
  • Cross-Border Law Reforms – Change in Investment Climate, Inter Pacific Bar Association annual meeting, Singapore, 05.04.10
  • Steel Trade Risks, Disputes and Remedies, Steel Outlook 2010, Singapore, 04.23.10
  • Trade Issues Affecting Vietnam, IE Singapore – Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore, 04.21.10
  • China and East Asia on the World Stage, American Society of International Law annual meeting, Washington DC, 03.27.10
  • International Trade Update, International Law Institute, Beijing, 03.16.10
  • Update on Free Trade Agreements in Asia. American Chamber of Commerce, Singapore 02.24.10
  • Update and Outlook on Free Trade Agreements in Asia. Singaporean-German Chamber of Commerce, Singapore 01.22.10
  • Antidumping in the Real World, National University of Singapore Law School, 01.22.10
  • Review of the ASEAN FTAs, American Bar Association Pacific Rim committee teleconference, 01.21.10
  • Recession and Recovery: The Emerging Trade Issues and Policy Choices, International Bar Association webinar, 14.12.09
  • Improving Governance in the ASEAN Economic Community, Asian International Economic Law Network, University of Tokyo, 03.08.09
  • Comparative Approaches to Anti-Dumping Law, Inter Pacific Bar Association, Manila, 05.02.09
  • International Trade Issues Affecting Vietnam, Business Law Vietnam seminar, Singapore, 11.26.08
  • Building on Singapores FTA s With China, IE Singapore – Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore, 11.14.08
  • Leveraging on Free Trade Agreements, SPRING Singapore – Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore, 11.11.08
  • A Consistent Approach to Non Market Economies in Trade Remedy Cases, International Bar Association Annual Meeting, Buenos Aires, 10.16.08
  • Trade and Legal Issues Affecting the ASEAN Exporter, IE Singapore – Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore, 09.02.08
  • Cost Benefit Study of the Implications for Thailand of Greater Cooperation on Government Procurement with Australia and New Zealand, presented with Moulis Legal, Thai Ministry of Finance, Bangkok, 08.07.08
  • Introduction to the WTO, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Kuala Lumpur, 06.09.08
  • The ASEAN Charter and the ASEAN Economic Community: The Role of the Private Sector, American Society of International Law and Asian Society of International Law, Washington DC, 05.21.08
  • Antidumping in the Real World, National University of Singapore Law School, 02.22.08
  • Cost Benefit Analysis of ASEAN-EU FTA, Thai Ministry of Commerce, Bangkok, 10.30.07
  • The Advocate in the New FTA s: ASEAN as a Case Study, International Bar Association Annual Meeting, Singapore, 10.17.07
  • Overview of ASEAN Economic Integration and ASEAN FTAs, US-ASEAN Business Council, Singapore, 08.16.07
  • Steel and Anti-Dumping, What Can the Steel Exporter Expect, Steel Outlook 2007, Singapore, 04.23.07
  • A Private Sector Viewpoint on ASEAN Integration, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, 04.12.07
  • Antidumping Presentation for Vietnamese Apparel Producers and Exporters to the United States, presented with Doug Heffner to the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, January 2007
  • Overview of FTA s in Asia, Asian Steel Conference, Singapore, 04.28.06
  • What Do Steel Industry Players Need to be Aware of When Dealing with the Issue of Dumping Actions, Steel Outlook 2006, Singapore, 04.26.06 AFX, Bloomberg, BBC and CNBC.