Anthea Roberts

School of Regulation and Global Governance, College of Asia & the Pacific

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Anthea Roberts


Anthea Roberts is a Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) who specialises in public international law, international economic law, comparative international law, and the effect of geopolitical change on global governance. Prior to joining ANU, Anthea taught at the London School of Economics, Columbia Law School and Harvard Law School. Anthea chairs the ANU Working Group on Geoeconomics and is currently writing a book with Professor Nicolas Lamp called Winners and Losers: Narratives About Economic Globalisation (2021 Harvard University Press).

In 2019, Anthea was named the world’s leading international law scholar and Australia’s leading law scholar based on the quality of her publications and the quantity of citations they had received. Her last book Is International Law International? (2017) won numerous prizes, including the American Society of International Law’s Book Prize, and was Oxford University Press’s top-selling law monograph worldwide in 2017-2018. Anthea has twice been awarded the Francis Deák Prize for the best article published in the American Journal of International Law by a younger scholar and received an ANU Futures Award and a UK Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Anthea is or has been an editor for the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, the Journal of World Trade and Investment and the ICSID Review. She was one of the Reporters for the Restatement of the Law Fourth, Foreign Relations of the United States (2018), and was one of two inaugural Legal Fellows for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2017-18).

Anthea has served as counsel and an expert in investment treaty arbitrations, as an arbitrator and sole arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations, and as a testifying and consulting expert in international law cases. Prior to becoming an academic, Anthea spent five years as a lawyer at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York and London and was an Associate to Chief Justice Murray Gleeson at the High Court of Australia.

Anthea has a BA/LLB from the ANU (National Undergraduate Scholarship, 1st Class Hons and University Medal), an LLM from NYU (Fulbright Scholar, Hauser Scholar and Jerome Lipper Award) and PhD from the ANU (JG Crawford Award).

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