Joost Pauwelyn


Joost Pauwelyn,

Professor of International Law

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Joost Pauwelyn is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland since 2007. Previously he was Professor of Law at Duke University (USA). He has taught at Neuchâtel, Columbia, NYU, Georgetown, Stanford and Harvard law schools and worked as legal adviser for the WTO Secretariat (1996-2002). He specializes in international economic law, in particular trade law and investment law, and its relationship to public international law. He also frequently advises governments and industry in WTO dispute settlement and investment arbitration, and is Senior Advisor to the law firm of King & Spalding LLP. In July 2011, he was added to the indicative list of WTO panelists at the request of Belgium.

He is the author of one of the leading case books on International Trade Law (Aspen, 2012, 2nd ed., with A. Guzman) and, most recently, co-editor of Informal International Lawmaking (OUP, 2012) and The Law, Economics and Politics of Retaliation in WTO Dispute Settlement (CUP, 2010). He also authored, amongst other works, The Transformation of World Trade (Michigan Law Review, 2005) and Conflict of Norms in Public International Law (Guggenheim Prize, 2005). In 2009, he received the Francis Deak prize, awarded to a younger author for meritorious scholarship published in The American Journal of International Law for his article on non-discrimination.

Location: Maison de la paix, Pedal 1 - Room 807 (8th Floor)

Telephone: +41 22 908 58 16

Email: Joost.Pauwelyn(at)

Office hours: Tuesdays, 4:15pm - 5:45pm (or by appointment)

Position(s) at the Institute  

Assistant: Wolfgang Alschner

Professor of International Law
Co-Director of the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration   
Research Interests: Professor Pauwelyn's current research projects include: Outsider participation mechanisms in 21st century governance networks; legal regimes as complex adaptive systems; the use of economics in international trade and investment dispute settlement; new disciplines on export restrictions; fragmentation of international law; law and economics of public international law; trade policy to fight climate
change; regulating foreign process and production methods in line with WTO Law; empirical analysis of international law.


Possible research topics for incoming PhD candidates

- International standard-setting compared to international lawmaking;

- Case studies of specific standard-setting organizations, their effectiveness & accountability;

- New generation trade and investment treaties;

- Using social networks and the internet to enhance accountability, monitoring and enforcement of international law;

- Plurilateral agreements and the WTO;

- Variable geometry in the WTO;

- Rethinking the developing v. developed countries bifurcation;

- The effectiveness and accountability of informal international lawmaking;

- The use of economics in international trade and investment dispute settlement;

- Using economics to resolve legal questions under international economic law (domestic regulation, IP, TBT, PPMs, remedies, etc.);

- Multi-disciplinary assessments of international law: economics, behavioral economics, psychology, sociology (network analysis), international relations, etc.

- Foreign investment insurance

- Empirical analysis of cross-fertilization between BITs

- State-owned entreprises in international law




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