Covering the main areas of international legal regulation, chiefly international finance, international trade and international investment, and encompassing theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches, our research on international economic governance offers a critical understanding of the legal aspects of international economic governance and the role of international law in the constitution and structuration of various international economic processes.

Our research in the area of International Development Law covers a broad range of issues, including the institutional framework of international development, accountability of international financial institutions, land rights and development, inclusion and consensus-building in transnational decision-making (especially through environmental impact assessment and mediation), and the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.

Projects

Publications

Highlights from our work in this area:

An Independent Panel for the Scrutiny of Investment Arbitrators: an Idea Whose Time Has Come?

James Devaney, ‘An Independent Panel for the Scrutiny of Investment Arbitrators: an Idea Whose Time Has Come?’ (2019) Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 18, 366-385.

This article focuses on one particular issue which has arisen in the course of the ongoing debate on the reform of investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS), namely that of the appointment of arbitrators. Taking as its starting point that there now exists a tentative consensus that the present system for the appointment of arbitrators either causes or exacerbates certain problematic aspects of the current ISDS system, the article explores one option for reform: the creation of an independent panel for the scrutiny of arbitral appointments. Such a body is the most desirable way to introduce necessary scrutiny into the current appointments system, which will in turn help to address some of the criticisms levelled at ISDS more generally, while at the same time not removing completely the initiative that parties currently have to put individuals forward as their candidates to become an arbitrator.

Law and the Political Economy of Hunger

This book is an inquiry into the role of law in the contemporary political economy of hunger. In the work of many international institutions, governments, and NGOs, law is represented as a solution to the persistence of hunger. This presentation is evident in the efforts to realize a human right to adequate food, as well as in the positioning of law, in the form of regulation, as a tool to protect society from ‘unruly’ markets. In her monograph, Dr Anna Chadwick draws on theoretical work from a range of disciplines to challenge accounts that portray law’s role in the context of hunger as exclusively remedial.

Succession in respect of cession, unification and separation of states

Devaney, J.  and Tams, C.  (2024) Succession in respect of cession, unification and separation of States. In: Kulick, A. and Waibel, M. (eds.) General International Law in International Investment Law: A Commentary. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 428-442. ISBN 9780192849922

This chapter examines State succession to treaties, a topic that has prompted heated debate among States for decades. While State succession is sometimes regarded as a niche issue, investment tribunals have been confronted with it in a number of recent investment awards and their jurisprudence, as well as the conduct of States in relation to investment agreements, is an important element of international practice.

Markets, Constitutions and Inequality

Dr Anna Chadwick co-leads the project “Markets, Constitutions, and Inequality” which was awarded a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Networking Grant in August 2016. The project investigates the relationships between constitutions, economic governance, and sustainable and inclusive economic development. It launches a new research network centred on comparative study into the under-appreciated role that constitutions, as sources of both political aspirations and legal norms, play in shaping market activities and creating the conditions for sustainable and inclusive economic development. Dr Chadwick is working with a number of partners across Latin America to expand the reach of the network and to develop collective publications.