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Shannon Togawa Mercer

National Security and Law Associate

Hoover Institution

District of Columbia


Government International Policy Law National Security Policy Research

Shannon Togawa Mercer is a Senior Editor at Lawfare and the National Security and Law Associate at the Hoover Institution. She was previously Lawfare's Managing Editor. In 2017, she graduated from Georgetown Law cum laude, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of International Law. In 2011, she graduated cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Politics and minors in Near Eastern Studies and Arabic Language. Her senior thesis “The Blockade of Gaza: Legal and Moral Implications of Political Control Without International Recognition,” was awarded the Near Eastern Studies Senior Thesis Prize. Prior to law school, Shannon spent two years at Bridgewater Associates and one year as a management consultant with Incandescent LLC. In 2017, Shannon authored a chapter on data security in "Legal Aspects of Brexit," a book published by the International Institute of Economic Law. She has spoken in various fora on Brexit, trade law, EU law and data regulation.

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