Lothar Ehring currently is the Assistant to Mr. Péter Balás, Deputy Director-General at the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission, responsible for multilateral affairs, as well as bilateral trade relations with Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Until recently, Lothar Ehring served in the Unit of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Trade that is responsible for Legal Aspects of Trade Policy. He was the Coordinator for legal issues of multilateral trade, handled a number of current WTO disputes and also represented the European Community in the negotiations on the reform of the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding. Lothar Ehring specializes on horizontal questions of dispute settlement, the law of non-discrimination, trade in agriculture and institutional questions of the WTO, topics on which he also lectures at universities and publishes in law reviews.
Prior to his appointment to the European Commission, Lothar Ehring briefly worked as Legal Affairs Officer in the Legal Affairs Division and the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, on dispute settlement cases and occasionally training trade officials from Member governments. He graduated in law from the University of Passau in Germany, holds the German qualification for the judicial office and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.