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Dr Barnali Choudhury, BComm (McMaster), LLB (Queen's), LLM (Columbia), PhD (Zurich), Barrister and Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada

Lecturer in Corporate Law

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7882 3943


Barnali Choudhury

Barnali Choudhury's main research interests centre on the intersection of economics and human rights. Her most recent work focuses on corporate social responsibility and human rights issues within international investment law. Before joining academia, she practised corporate law and international investment arbitration. Previously, she taught in New Zealand, the United States and Canada. She has also been a law clerk at the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris, France; a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private Law in Hamburg, Germany and a research consultant at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland.


Undergraduate teaching:

  • LAW6036 Company Law



Selected Publications

  • 'International Investment Law as a Global Public Good', Lewis & Clark Law Review, Vol. 17, No. 2 (2013)
  • Public Services and International Trade Liberalization: Human Rights and Gender Implications. Cambridge University Press (2012)
  • Exception Provisions as a Gateway to the Incorporation of Human Rights in International Investment Law 49 COLUM. J. TRANSNAT'L L. 670 (2011)
  • Book Review of Human Rights in International Investment Law and Arbitration, 24:2 LEIDEN J. INT'L L. 522 (2011)
  • A Call for a WTO Ministerial Decision on Trade and Human Rights in Thomas Cottier & Panagiotis Delimatsis, Eds., The Prospects of International Trade Regulation: From Fragmentation to Coherence (Cambridge University Press, 2011) (Co-author)
  • Serving Two Masters: Incorporating Social Responsibility into the Corporate Paradigm, 11 U. PENN. J. BUS. L. 631 (2009)
  • Democratic Implications Arising from the Intersection of Investment Arbitration and Human Rights, 46 ALB. L. REV. 983 (2009)
  • The Façade of Neutrality: Uncovering Gender Silences in International Trade 15 WM. & MARY J. WOMEN & L. 131 (2009)
  • Recapturing Public Power:  Is Investment Arbitration Contributing to the Democratic Deficit?, 41 VAND. J. TRANSNAT'L L. 775 (2008)
  • Determining the Appropriate Level of Deference for Domestic Court Reviews of Investor-State Arbitral Awards, 32 QUEEN'S L.J. 602 (2007)
  • Beyond the Alien Tort Claims Act: Alternative Approaches to Attributing Liability to Corporations for Extraterritorial Abuses, 26 NW. J. INT'L L. & BUS. 43 (2005)
  • Evolution or Devolution?--Defining Fair and Equitable Treatment in International Investment Law, 6 J. WORLD INVESTMENT & TRADE 297 (2005)

Selected Presentations

  • Women, Poverty and International Economic Law, Conference on Poverty and the International Economic Law System, University of Basel, Switzerland (October 2011)
  • Incentivizing the Pursuit of the Common Good:  Incorporating Environmental and Social Goal Targets into Executive Compensation, 'From Economic Performance to Corporate Citizenship: The Changing Nature of Corporations and the Impact on CEO Remuneration, Montreal, Canada' (April 2011)
  • Exception Provisions as a Gateway to the Incorporation of Human Rights in International Investment Law, Society of International Economic Law Conference, Barcelona, Spain (July 2010)
  • International Investment Treaties and their Impact on the Public Interest, Center for International Legal Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA (April 2009)
  • More Politics Please - Reorienting the Depoliticized and Technocratic Nature of Investor-State Dispute Resolution, American Society of International Law, International Economic Law Group Conference: 'The Politics of International Economic Law', Washington D.C. (November 2008)
  • Democratic Implications Arising from the Intersection of Investment Arbitration and Human Rights, American Society of International Law Four Societies Conference: 'International Law and Democratic Theory', Edmonton, Canada (September 2008)
  • Serving Two Masters:  Incorporating Social Responsibility into the Corporate Paradigm, Pace Law School Faculty Colloquium, White Plains, NY (September 2008)
  • Gendered Implications of International Trade Policies, American Associations of Law Schools Annual Conference, 'New Voices in Human Rights', New York, NY (January 2008)
  • Contemporary Issues in the Practice of International Economic Law, ASIL - International Economic Law Group Annual Conference, Bretton Woods, NH (November 2006)

PhD Supervision

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