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Anthea Roberts

Professor of Law

Anthea Roberts

Professor of Law



  • Public International Law
  • Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration
  • Comparative International Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Human Rights
  • International Law before National Courts
  • Sources and Interpretation of International Law



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Anthea Roberts holds a joint appointment as Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Associate Professor at the London School of Economics. She will be in residence at Columbia Law School from 2013-2015. Anthea joined the London School of Economics in 2008 and has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School. Her fields of expertise are public international law, investment treaty law and arbitration, and comparative international law.

Anthea has published in the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the Harvard International Law Journal, the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, and the Yale Journal of International Law. In both 2002 and 2011, she was awarded the Francis Deak Prize by the American Society of International Law for the best contribution to the American Journal of International Law by a scholar under 40 years of age. In 2012, Anthea was awarded a Leverhulme Prize in recognition of her scholarly contribution to her field.

Anthea is a member of the Board of Editors for the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, ICSID Review, and the Journal of World Investment and Trade. She is a Reporter on Jurisdiction for the Restatement (4th) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States, a member of the American Law Institute, and a participant in the ILA Study Group on the Principles on the Application of International Law by Domestic Courts. She has previously been a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), a Co-Chair of the ASIL Annual Meeting, a Jacob L. Martin Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, and Rapporteur for the International Bar Association's Task Force on Extraterritorial Jurisdiction.

Anthea studied at the Australian National University, the University of Oxford, and New York University School of Law. She served as a Clerk for Chief Justice Murray Gleeson at the High Court of Australia and as an Intern for Judge Bruno Simma at the International Court of Justice. She then spent five years as an Associate in the International Dispute Resolution Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York and London where she focused on public international law, international arbitration and Alien Tort Statute cases. She is admitted as an Attorney in New York, a Solicitor in England and Wales, and a Legal Practitioner in Australia.