Mark Wu

Assistant Professor of Law


Mark Wu is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School.  His research focuses on international trade law, including issues concerning emerging economies, digital trade, intellectual property, trade remedies, environment, and investment. 

At Harvard, Wu is a Faculty Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. He serves as a member of the Faculty Advisory Committees of the East Asian Legal Studies Program and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He is also a Faculty Associate of Harvard University’s Center for the Environment.

In 2016, he was appointed by the World Trade Organization to serve on the Advisory Board for the WTO Chairs Programme.  Wu also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Trade and Foreign Direct Investment.  In addition, he works with the World Bank on assessing trade agreements and serves on multiple expert groups convened by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.  He is an Editorial Board member of the World Trade Review and of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s series on intellectual property, innovation and economic development.     

Prior to academia, Wu served as the Director for Intellectual Property in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.  He was the lead U.S. negotiator for the IP chapters of several free trade agreements. He continues to serve as a principal liaison to the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee.

Before government service, Wu worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. where he led engagements in technology sectors. He began his career as an economist and operations officer with the World Bank in China, working on environmental, urban development, health and rural poverty issues.  He also worked briefly as an economist for the United Nations Development Programme in Namibia.

Wu received his J.D. from Yale Law School, his M.Sc. in Development Economics from Oxford University (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar), and his A.B. summa cum laude in Social Studies and East Asian Studies from Harvard University.  

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