Matt Simpson ’04 was recently named an associate in the international trade and arbitration group at Weil Gotshal and Manges, LLP. Simpson is located in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He was also recently appointed a Peace Fellow with the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), where he previously worked. He will continue his close relationship with PILPG as an adviser on the group’s various programs, particularly those in Darfur and Northern Cyprus.
Stemming from his efforts with PILPG are two recently published journal articles. In one, Simpson and Dr. Paul R. Williams, executive director of PILPG and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, propose a new strategy for the political future of Iraq.
“In the piece we challenge directly the plans supported by Vice President-Elect Biden (among others) for the division of Iraq along three, ethno-sectarian lines. After critiquing these proposals, we then define the parameters for a better, more sustainable system of political devolution in Iraq,” says Simpson.
The article, “Rethinking the Political Future: An Alternative to the Ethno-Sectarian Division of Iraq,” was published recently in the American University International Law Review and is available for download http://ssrn.com/abstract=1304870.
Simpson also wrote “Mitigating Volatility: Protecting Chinese Investments in Post-Conflict Regions,” which was published in the Journal of World Investment and Trade. In this article, he puts forward legal and policy prescriptions for Chinese investment in post-conflict regions. “The article identifies key characteristics of investing in post-conflict regions and offers Chinese investors advice on how to proceed,” explains Simpson. The article is available for download http://ssrn.com/abstract=1168296.
While at Hobart, Simpson majored in economics and critical social studies with a minor in math. He was a resident adviser and a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon.