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Law Council of Australia

Authors’ Series– The Vienna Convention of the Law of Treaties in Investor-State Disputes: History, Evolution, and Future

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Key Speakers

We are pleased to announce the key speakers for this event.

Associate Professor Esme Shirlow
Associate Professor, ANU College of Law

Esmé Shirlow is an Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law where she teaches and researches in the fields of public international law, international dispute settlement, and international investment law and arbitration. Esmé is the General Editor of the Australian Year Book of International Law and an Associate Editor with the ICSID Review and Kluwer Arbitration Blog. She is currently Vice-President (Australia) of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, and Co-Chair of the Society’s International Economic Law Interest Group. Esmé is admitted as a solicitor in the Australian Capital Territory and maintains a practice in the field of international law advising parties to investment treaty claims and in proceedings before the International Court of Justice. Prior to joining the ANU, she worked in the Australian Government’s Office of International Law.

Kiran Nasir Gore
GW Law, George Washington University

Kiran Nasir Gore is an arbitrator, dispute resolution consultant, and counsel with nearly fifteen years of experience advising governments, corporations, institutions, and individuals on public and private international law, international development, foreign investment strategies, international dispute resolution, and legal investigation and compliance efforts. Kiran draws on her professional experiences as an educator at GW Law and New York University's Global Study Center in Washington, DC

Elizabeth Sheargold
University of Wollongong

Elizabeth Sheargold is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. Her research is primarily in the field of international economic law, with a particular interest in the intersection between international trade and investment agreements and environmental policy, including climate policy and natural resource management. Her previous roles include being a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, a Legal Adviser to Judge O. Thomas Johnson at the Iran – United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague and an Associate Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University.

Ms Suzanne Howarth
Executive Member, International Law Section

Suzanne is a law graduate of the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne and has over thirty years’ experience working across the private and public sectors in Sydney, London, Melbourne, and Canberra.  Suzanne has been an Executive Member of the Law Council’s International Law Section since 2020 and was last year appointed as one of the Pacific Correspondents for Unidroit, the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law.

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