Sadeq Z. Bigdeli is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato Faculty of Law in New Zealdn. Dr. Bigdeli holds an LLB from Tehran University and an LLM from Harvard Law School. He is also a summa cum laude graduate of the Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) programme of the World Trade Institute (University of Bern). His PhD on "Energy and Climate Subsidies in International Economic Law" was awarded summa cum laude by the University of Berne (Faculty of Law). In 2007-8, Dr. Bigdeli was a senior fellow at the World Trade Institute where he was co-leader of a significant research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which focused on energy and climate change from the perspective of WTO law and policy. In that capacity he co-edited a volume on International Trade Regulation and the Mitigation of Climate published by Cambridge University Press (2009) to which he also contributed a chapter. Dr. Bigdeli is experienced in holding training sessions on trade regulation for government officials and businesses communities from both developed and developing countries. He also has more than three years of professional experience in legal practice in the Middle East on international business matters including contracts, foreign direct investment and energy.