Joost Pauwelyn


Co-Director of the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration
Spoken languages
English, Dutch, French
Areas of expertise
  • Climate, climate change, natural disasters
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Dispute settlement
  • Energy
  • Finance, financial markets, international investment
  • Globalisation
  • International courts and tribunals
  • Regional integration
  • Sustainable development
  • Trade policies and law - WTO
  • Global economic governance and international economic institutions



PhD, University of Neuchâtel

Joost Pauwelyn is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and Co-Director of the Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI). He is also the Murase Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center (since 2014).  Previously he was Professor of Law at Duke University (2002-2007). He has also taught at Neuchâtel, Columbia, NYU, Stanford and Harvard law schools and worked as legal adviser for the WTO Secretariat (1996-2002).  From 2007 to 2014, he was Senior Advisor with the law firm of King & Spalding. 

Joost 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 a leading force behind the global network of legal clinics on international economic law.

From 2015 to 2020, Joost was the Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of International Economic Law. In late 2020, Professor Pauwelyn was appointed to the WTO's multi-party interim appeal arrangement (MPIA, nominated by the EU).

Joost received degrees from the Universities of Namur and Leuven, Belgium as well as Oxford University and holds a doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel. He was appointed on the roster of WTO panelists and as arbitrator under Free Trade Agreements and the Energy Charter Treaty.

Joost is the author of one of the leading case books on International Trade Law (Aspen, 2016, 3nd ed., with A. Guzman and J. Hillman) and, most recently, co-editor of "Rethinking Participation in Global Governance: Challenges in Financial and Health Institutions" (OUP, 2021) and "Building Legal Capacity For a More Inclusive Globalization" (2019).

He also authored or co-edited, amongst other works, "Assessing the World Trade Organization - Fit for Purpose?" (CUP, 2017), "The Use of Economics in International Trade and Investment Disputes" (CUP, 2017), The Foundations.

of International Investment Law (OUP, 2014), Informal International Lawmaking (OUP, 2012), Optimal Protection of International Law (CUP, 2008), 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.


Selected publications


A list of Professor Joost Pauwelyn's publications can be found on the CTEI website.


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