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Regulatory Autonomy in International Economic Law

The Evolution of Australian Policy on Trade and Investment

Andrew D. Mitchell, Elizabeth Sheargold and Tania Voon

Regulatory Autonomy in International Economic Law provides the first extensive legal analysis of Australia’s trade and investment treaties in the context of their impact on national regulatory autonomy. This thought-provoking study offers compelling lessons for not only Australia but also countries around the globe in relation to pressing current problems, including the uncertain future of the World Trade Organization and widespread concerns about the legitimacy of investor–State dispute settlement.
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The Evolution of Australian Policy on Trade and Investment

Andrew D. Mitchell, Elizabeth Sheargold and Tania Voon

Andrew D. Mitchell is Professor at Melbourne Law School, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, and Director of the Global Economic Law Network. He has previously practised law with Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters) and consults for States, international organisations and the private sector. Andrew has taught law in Australia, Canada, Singapore, and the US and is the recipient of four major grants from the Australian Research Council and the Australian National Preventive Health Agency. He has published over 130 academic books and journal articles and is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of International Economic Law and a General Editor of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement. He has held visiting positions at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, the Jean Monnet Center at NYU School of Law, the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University, and PluriCourts at the University of Oslo. Andrew has law degrees from Melbourne, Harvard and Cambridge and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Elizabeth Sheargold is PhD candidate with the Global Economic Law Network at Melbourne Law School, Australia and a Legal Adviser at the Iran–United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, the Netherlands. Her PhD research considers the relationship between international trade and investment agreements and domestic regulation for public purposes, such as the protection of human health or the environment. Previously, she worked in the Melbourne office of law firm Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters), as Associate Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University in New York, and as a research fellow and sessional lecturer at Melbourne Law School. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, and her Master of Laws at Columbia University.

Tania Voon is Professor at Melbourne Law School and was Associate Dean (Research) from 2012 to 2014. She is a former Legal Officer of the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat and has previously practised law with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) and the Australian Government Solicitor and taught law at the National University of Singapore, Georgetown University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of British Columbia, and several Australian universities. Tania undertook her Master of Laws at Harvard Law School and her PhD in law at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Cultural Products and the World Trade Organization (Cambridge University Press, 2007), editor of Trade Liberalisation and International Co-operation: A Legal Analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (Edward Elgar, 2013), and co-editor of the International Economic Law Series of Oxford University Press. Tania is a member of the Roster of Panelists for the Energy Charter Treaty and of the Indicative List of Governmental and Non-Governmental Panelists for resolving WTO disputes.