Nicolas Lamp joined the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University as an Assistant Professor in 2014. In 2020, he was cross-appointed to the Queen’s School of Policy Studies. He also serves as the Academic Director of the International Law Programs, an eight-week summer course that Queen’s Law offers at Bader College at Herstmonceux castle in England during the summer term. Since 2019, he has also been the Director of the Annual Queen’s Institute on Trade Policy, a professional training course for Canadian trade officials that is hosted by the Queen’s School of Policy Studies.

Prior to joining Queen’s, Assistant Professor Lamp worked as a Dispute Settlement Lawyer at the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization, where he advised the Members of the Appellate Body on legal issues arising in appellate proceedings under the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism. His teaching subjects include Contracts, International Trade Law, the International Trade Law Practicum, and Public International Law. Assistant Professor Lamp received his PhD in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2013. His doctoral thesis on “Lawmaking in the Multilateral Trading System” investigates the origins and implications of the discourses, practices and techniques that shape international lawmaking in the trade context. His current research focuses on competing narratives about the winners and losers from economic globalization. His co-authored book (with Anthea Roberts) on “Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why It Matters” is forthcoming with Harvard University Press in September 2021.


  • International Trade Law
  • International lawmaking processes, especially multilateral trade lawmaking
  • Narratives about the distributive effects of economic globalization


Selected Publications:

For a complete list of publications, please consult Professor Lamp’s CV


  • Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why It Matters (with Anthea Roberts), Harvard University Press [Amazon] [Harvard University Press]


  • How Should We Think about the Winners and Losers from Globalization? Three Narratives and Their Implications for the Redesign of International Economic Agreements, in: European Journal of International Law 30 (4), 2019, 1259-1397. [EJIL-freely accessible]
  • At the Vanishing Point off Law; Rebalancing, Non-Violation Claims, and the Role of Multilateral Trade Regime in the Trade Wars, in: Journal of International Economic Law 22 (4), 2019, 721-742. [JIEL] [SSRN]
  • "The Receding Horizon of Informality in WTO Meetings", in: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 23 (1), 2017, 63-79. [JRAI] [SSRN]
  • "The 'Development' Discourse in Multilateral Trade Lawmaking", in: World Trade Review 16 (3), 2017, 475-500. [WTR-freely accessible]
  • Value and Exchange in Multilateral Trade Lawmaking”, in: London Review of International Law 4 (1), 2016, 7-55. [LRIL] [SSRN]
  • The Club Approach to Multilateral Trade Lawmaking”, in: Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 49 (1), 2016, 107-190. [published version available on SSRN]
  • How Some Countries Became 'Special': Developing Countries and the Construction of Difference in Multilateral Trade Lawmaking”, in: Journal of International Economic Law 18 (4), 2015, 743-771. [JIEL] [SSNR]
  • Conceptions of War and Paradigms of Compliance: The ‘New War’ Challenge to International Humanitarian Law”, in: Journal of Conflict and Security Law 16 (2), 2011, 225-262 [JCSL-freely accessible]

Book Chapters:

  • Strategies for Developing Countries in Multilateral Trade Negotiations at the World Trade Organization, in: Joost Pauwelyn and Mengyi Wang (eds.): Building Legal Capacity for a More Inclusive Globalization, Geneva: Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, 2019, 9-30. [book]
  • Legislative Innovation in the Trade and Climate Regimes: Towards a Framework for the Comparative Analysis of Multilateral Lawmaking, in: Neil Craik et al. (eds.): Global Environmental Change and Innovation in International Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 270-295. [book] [SSRN]
  • The ‘Practice Turn’ in International Law: Insights from the Theory of Structuration, in: Moshe Hirsch and Andrew Lang (eds.): Research Handbook on the Sociology of International Law, Edward Elgar, 273-295. [book] [SSRN]

PhD Thesis: