Paul is a seasoned speaker, having given talks, lectures and conference presentations on a variety of topics related to his books and other work. To request him for a speaking engagement or conference, contact him--he is often available for travel, as the list below indicates.


Paul taught a week-long course on economic globalization at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, UK during a summer program on international law for Canadian law students, May 15-19, 2023, hosted by Queen's University Law School of Kingston, Ontario. He taught the same course in 2022 and on Zoom in 2020 and 2021.

Paul was a keynote speaker at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a panel discussing "The Rise of China and the Future of American Foreign Policy," May 4, 2022.

Paul was the speaker at a "Zoominar" hosted by Harvard University's Weatherhead Center on International Relations, titled "Schism 2.0: China and America's Trade Conflict in the Biden Administration." Click here for a link to video of the session, which took place on December 9, 2020.

Paul gave 3 presentations in Washington on his book Schism: China, America, and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System, in October 2019. The first was at the Asia Society Policy Institute; the second was at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs (see photo of Paul with panelists at that event); and the third was at a seminar for congressional staff hosted by the Congressional Research Service. On October 18, Paul also served as a panelist discussing the US-China trade war at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Paul gave a presentation in Geneva on his book, Schism: China, America, and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System, at the WTO Public Forum on October 8, 2019 (see photo). He also presented the book at Geneva's Graduate Institute on October 9, 2019.

Paul was a panelist discussing "Trade Wars and the Rise of Economic Nationalism" at the Asia Think Tank Summit in Bali, Indonesia, November 21-23, 2018.

Paul was a panelist discussing "Techno-nationalism in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution" at a conference in Seoul of the Council of Councils, a group of 29 policy institutes and think tanks from major countries, October 7-9, 2018.

Paul spoke on "Multilateralism in the Asia Pacific Region" at the 74th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission on Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok on May 15, 2018.

Paul was a panelist, speaking about prospects for the global trading system, at a conference in Beijing on September 16, 2017, sponsored by the China Finance 40 Forum, the Euro 50 Group and the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Paul was the featured speaker at two events hosted by the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia on July 4 and 5, 2017--"What did we learn from the Asian crisis?" (held on the 20th anniversary of the crisis), and "China and the global economic order." 

Paul was a panelist, speaking about "The Globalization Backlash," at the Annual Conference on WTO Law in Geneva on June 9-10, 2017, sponsored by Georgetown University Law School and the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Paul was an expert witness at a congressional hearing titled "Lessons from the IMF's Bailout of Greece," held in Washington on May 18, 2017 by the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade of the House Financial Services Committee. See information about the hearing, including a webcast, here.

Paul gave presentations on his book, Laid Low: Inside the Crisis That Overwhelmed Europe and the IMF, at the Congressional Research Service in Washington on February 22, 2017; at Princeton University on February 24, 2017; and at the University of California-Berkeley on March 3, 2017.

Paul gave presentations on his book, Laid Low: Inside the Crisis That Overwhelmed Europe and the IMF, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva on January 31, 2017; at the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome on February 2, 2017; at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt on February 6, 2017; and at the Grémio Literário in Lisbon on February 8, 2017.

Paul gave presentations on his book, Laid Low: Inside the Crisis That Overwhelmed Europe and the IMF, at the Palazzo Taverna in Rome on November 20, 2016; at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna on November 22, 2016; at the European University Institute in Florence on November 24, 2016; at the Royal Academy of Sciences in Brussels on November 25, 2016; at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London on November 28, 2016; and at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin on November 29, 2016. 

Paul spoke at a University of Chicago Institute of Politics seminar about the implications for Asia of the U.S. presidential election, on October 13, 2016.

Paul gave presentations on his book, Laid Low: Inside the Crisis That Overwhelmed Europe and the IMF, at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC on October 6, 2016; and at Harvard University's Center for European Studies on October 11, 2016.

Paul gave a presentation on “Tackling economic and financial crises” at a conference sponsored by the G7-United Nations Partnership to Meet Global Challenges at United Nations University in Tokyo, May 19, 2016.

Paul gave a presentation on global trade issues at the Israel Business Conference (sponsored by Globes, the Israeli financial daily) in Tel Aviv on December 6, 2015.

Paul gave a presentation in Washington on his paper, "Laid Low: The IMF, the Euro Zone, and the First Rescue of Greece" at George Washington University Law School, on April 14, 2015.

Paul gave a talk in Rome, sponsored by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), on his book Off Balance: The Travails of Institutions That Govern the Global Financial System, on June 25, 2014.

Paul gave a talk at Rhodes House, Oxford University (UK) on his book Off Balance: The Travails of Institutions That Govern the Global Financial System on February 26, 2014.

Paul gave a presentation on financial crises in emerging markets at WCM Investment Management in Laguna Beach, California, January 27-28, 2014.

Paul gave a talk titled "Fukushima: The Ultimate Media Meltdown" at the Munk School of Global Affairs of the University of Toronto, October 24, 2013.

Paul gave a presentation to launch his new book, Off Balance: The Travails of Institutions That Govern the Global Financial System, at The George Washington University Law School, October 11, 2013.

Paul gave a talk to the Asia Leadership Fellows Program about his research on the Fukushima nuclear accident, at the International House of Japan, Tokyo, September 20, 2013.

Paul was a panelist at the G-20 Seoul International Symposium in Seoul, South Korea, Sept. 28-29, 2010.

Paul gave a talk about his book, "Misadventures of the Most Favored Nations," at the WTO Public Forum, Geneva, Sept. 29, 2009.



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