Dr Joshua Meltzer

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)

Brookings Institution, United States

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Dr Meltzer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He works on international economic relations with a focus on the intersection of digital technology and international trade and investment. As part of this work he co-leads the Forum on Cooperation in AI (FCAI) along with Cameron Kerry, a multistakeholder track 1.5 dialogue with senior government officials from the US, EU, Canada, UK, Singapore, Japan and Australia as well as AI experts from industry and academia. He also leads the USMCA initiative which focuses on how USMCA can strengthen international economic cooperation in North America.

Meltzer has testified before the US Congress, the US International Trade Commission and the European Parliament. He was an expert witness in the Schrems II litigation in Europe on data flows and privacy and a consultant to the World Bank on trade and privacy matters, as well as the G20 and APEC on data governance issues. He is a member of the Australian government’s National Data Advisory Council. Meltzer is a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School where he teaches digital trade law and has taught digital trade law at the University of Toronto Law School as an adjunct professor and ecommerce and digital trade at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office diplomatic academy.

Before Brookings, Meltzer was a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC and prior to that an international trade negotiator in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Meltzer has appeared in print and news media, including the Economist, the New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg the Asahi Shimbun and China Daily. Meltzer holds an SJD and LLM from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor and law and commerce degrees from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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Teaching (2024)

Melbourne Law Masters