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 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 2017-18, Anthea is serving 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 recently published a monograph ‘Is International Law International?’ (2017 OUP) and an edited collection called ‘Comparative International Law’ (2017 OUP) which both challenge the claimed universality of international law. ‘Is International Law International?’ won the American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit for Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship and has been Oxford University Press’s top selling law monograph worldwide in 2017-18. The book has been the subject of reviews (eg the Parochialism of American Cosmopolitanism and the Divisible College of International Lawyers) and symposia (eg on EJIL: Talk! and Opinio Juris).
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 or has been 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 and blogs on Lawfare, Just Security and Opinio Juris.
In 2017, Anthea won an ANU Future Scheme Award, which is designed to attract and retain world class mid-career scholars. 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 (2002 and 2011). In 2012, she was awarded a UK Leverhulme Prize, which is awarded across all disciplines for exceptionally promising young researchers. 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. She also received an interdisciplinary PhD in regulation and global governance from the ANU.
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. 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 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. 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. 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).