Anthea Roberts is a specialist in public international law, investment treaty law and arbitration, and comparative international law. Prior to joining the ANU, Anthea was an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics , a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. She is also currently a Visiting Professor on the Masters of International Dispute Settlement at the Graduate Institute/University of Geneva. In 2017, Anthea will serve as one of the two inaugural Legal Fellows for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as part of their new Diplomatic Academy.
Anthea has published on a wide range of international law topics in the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, the Harvard International Law Journal and the Yale Journal of International Law. She is an editor for the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of World Trade and Investment and ICSID Review. She is also a Contributing Editor for EJIL: Talk! and International Economic and Policy Law Blog. She will shortly be publishing a book called ‘Is International Law International?’ (2017 OUP) and an edited collection called ‘Comparative International Law’ (2017 OUP).
Anthea has twice been awarded the Francis Deák Prize by the American Society of International Law for the best article published in AJIL by a scholar under 40 years of age for ‘Traditional and Modern Approaches to Customary International Law’ 95 AJIL 757 (2001) and ‘Power and Persuasion in Investment Treaty Interpretation: The Dual Role of States’ 104 AJIL 179 (2010). In 2012, she was awarded a UK Leverhulme Prize (£70,000), which is awarded across all disciplines and is designed to ‘recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.’
Anthea is one of the Reporters for the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States where she focuses on the international and US rules regulating extraterritorial jurisdiction. She is also a Lead Author for the International Panel on Social Progress on the chapter about Global Socio-Economic Governance. Previously, Anthea has served as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, as a Co-Chair of the ASIL Annual Meeting, and as the Rapporteur for the International Bar Association’s Task Force on Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. In 2012, she was a Jacob L. Martin Fellow at the US Department of State where she spoke on issues relating to investment treaty arbitration and universal civil jurisdiction.
Anthea has a BA/LLB from the ANU, where she was a National Undergraduate Scholarship holder and graduated with First Class Honours and a University Medal in Law. She also has an LLM from NYU, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, a Hauser Scholar and won the Jerome Lipper Award for the best student to graduate in International Legal Studies.
From 2003 to 2008, Anthea was a lawyer in the International Dispute Resolution Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York and London. Prior to that, she served as an Associate to Chief Justice Murray Gleeson at the High Court of Australia and as a Summer Clerk for the Hon. Judge Simma at the International Court of Justice. Anthea has been admitted as an Attorney in New York (State and Federal Southern and Eastern Districts, 2004), a Lawyer in Australia (ACT and High Court of Australia, 2001) (non-practising), and a Solicitor in England and Wales (2007) (non-practising).
Anthea has experience as an arbitrator, an expert and counsel in international investment and commercial arbitrations, and as an expert and counsel in public international law claims before international and domestic courts. She has served as a testifying and consulting legal expert in international law cases, including those before national courts and international tribunals, on issues such as the interpretation of Chinese investment treaties and the availability of sovereign immunity. She is currently serving as counsel for Australia in an investment treaty claim (APR v Australia) and as an arbitrator and sole arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations.