Cand. Jur., University of Namur, Belgium; Lic. Jur., Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; Magister Juris, University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College, UK; Ph.D. in law, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Joost Pauwelyn is Professor of International Law as well as Head of the International Law Department at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland and Co-Director of the Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI). He has been a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law since 2014.
Joost specializes in international economic law, in particular the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Foreign Investment Law. Joost also advises governments and non-state actors in WTO dispute settlement and investor-state arbitration. From 2007 to 2014 he was Senior Advisor with the law firm of King & Spalding LLC. He is co-founder of TradeLab.org, an online platform aimed at broadening access to justice under trade and investment treaties.
In Fall 2012 Joost was Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School and in Spring 2013 Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. Before joining the Graduate Institute in 2007, Joost was a tenured professor at Duke Law School. He also taught at Neuchâtel, Columbia University and New York University. He served as legal officer at the WTO from 1996 to 2002 and practiced law at a major Brussels law firm.
Joost received degrees from the Universities of Namur and Leuven, Belgium as well as Oxford University and holds a doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel. He was appointed on the roster of WTO panelists and as arbitrator under Free Trade Agreements and the Energy Charter Treaty. He is a Member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators. In 2020, he was selected as one of ten arbitrators for the WTO’s interim appeal system (MPIA). Joost is the author of one of the leading case books on International Trade Law (Aspen, 2016, 3nd ed., with A. Guzman & J. Hillman) and was Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of International Economic Law from 2015 to 2020.
Selected Contributions to Other Publications
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"The uncertain future of a disarmed WTO", coverage in SWI (Swissinfo.ch), December 13, 2019, quoting Professor Joost Pauwelyn.
"US blockade in the WTO fuels fear of trade wars By Christiane Oelrich, dpa, coverage in GreenPeace, December 12, 2019, quoting Professor Joost Pauwelyn.
"Faced with the blockade of the United States the World Trade Organization lays down its arms", coverage in LeMonde, December 10, 2019, quoting Professor Joost Pauwelyn.
"The WTP's trade dispute appeal system could end on Dec. 10. Here's what you need to know.", coverage in The Washington Post, December 5, 2019, by Professor Poost Pauwelyn and Krzysztof J. Pelc.