Karima Tawfik

Tawfik, Karima

Visiting Research Fellow

Heterogeneity - Regulatory heterogeneity in international trade: from measures to systems

Karima is a lawyer and Visiting Research Fellow at the World Trade Institute. Her legal research focuses on trade policy at the national level to contribute to WTI’s project examining the impact of regulatory heterogeneity on international trade flows and investment. She is interested in how rules are designed and implemented and their effects on sustainable and inclusive development.    

Before joining the WTI, she worked in private practice at a boutique law firm in the United States, litigating cross-border disputes, and served as a law clerk for a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She has conducted law and development work in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Libya, Yemen, and Afghanistan and regularly provided pro bono legal services in her native Washington D.C.

Karima holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where she received a Certificate of Merit in international trade law and the William W. Bishop Jr. Award for international law, and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, where her studies included economics and international trade.