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Dr. Ed Canuel

Visiting Professor Department of State
DoD Civilian

Contact Information:
Office Location: LH 209
Phone: 845.938.0215

Dr. Edward T. Canuel is a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State.  Immediately prior to joining West Point, he served as the Northern European Regional Hub Officer for Environmental, Scientific, Technological and Health (ESTH) Affairs and the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission for U.S. Embassy Copenhagen.  As the Regional ESTH Officer, his territory covered U.S. diplomatic missions in the Nordics, Baltics, Germany, Russia and Poland.  Ed’s portfolio included issues such as renewable energy, clean technologies, sustainable natural resource development, climate change and Arctic affairs.  Ed was also the chair of the U.S.-Denmark-Greenland Joint Committee Science Group, an intergovernmental forum enhancing research, science education and commercial cooperation in Greenland.  Prior tours included serving in the State Department’s Office of Energy and Global Change as liaison to Europe for climate issues and U.S. Embassy Oslo’s Energy and Economic Officer.  Ed was also the U.S. government-supported candidate for the first Arctic Council Secretariat Director.  Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service, Ed practiced commercial law at the international law firm McDermott, Will & Emery.  He holds a B.A. from Boston College (summa cum laude) in Political Science and Philosophy and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School, where he was a law review editor.  Ed obtained his Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and was subsequently named an Osgoode Visiting Scholar.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oslo Law Faculty, focusing on international financial and energy transactions.  He has been named an honorary university professor at Denmark’s Aarhus University.  Ed has published widely on a variety of topics, including cross-border transactions. Ed’s most recent publications include a chapter in an international commercial contracting textbook released by Cambridge Press and articles contending with comparative contract law and his legal theory, objective pluralism.