Esme Shirlow

LL.B. (Hons.) (ANU), BA (ANU), GDLP (ANU), LL.M. (Cambridge)
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Research Theme


Esmé Shirlow's current research focuses on the adjudication of private property disputes under public international law. She is currently completing her PhD at King's College London, under the supervision of Professor David D. Caron and Dr. Florian Grisel. Esmé currently serves as an assistant to a number of investment treaty tribunals, and has previously also advised parties to investment treaty claims and in proceedings before the International Court of Justice. She is an Assistant Editor (Australia/New Zealand Region) with Kluwer Arbitration Blog, and previously worked in the Australian Government’s Office of International Law. Esmé completed her LL.M. at the University of Cambridge, and an LL.B.(Hons) and B.A. at the Australian National University. She is admitted as a Solicitor in the Australian Capital Territory and trained as a civil and commercial mediator in England.

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Book chapters

  • ‘Chapter 25(2)(b)’ in Gloria Alvarez, Remy Gerbay and Julien Fouret, The ICSID Convention, Rules and Regulations: A Commentary’ (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018) (co-author: Professor David D. Caron) (forthcoming)
  • ‘Dissecting Backlash: The Unarticulated Causes of Backlash and its Unintended Consequences’ in Geir Ulfstein and Andreas Follesdal, The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing? (Oxford University Press, 2018) (co-author: Professor David D. Caron)
  • ‘Most-Favored-Nation Treatment: Substantive Protection’ in Meg Kinnear, Geraldine R. Fischer, Jara Minguez Almeida, Luisa Fernanda Torres and Mairee Uran Bidegain (eds), Building International Investment Law: The First 50 Years of ICSID (Wolters Kluwer, 2015), pp. 399-414 (co-author: Professor David D. Caron)

Commissioned reports

  • Report on Legal Methodology and Research Training for PhD Students, King’s College London Transnational Law Institute, Graduate Programme and Research Coordination Committee (2016)

Case notes & book reviews

  • ‘Statute of the International Tribunal for Law of the Sea’, Oxford International Organizations Database (2017)
  • ‘Convention on the Settlement of International Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States’, Oxford International Organizations Database (2017)
  • ‘UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration’, Oxford International Organizations Database (2017)

Past courses

  • International Investment Law (Visiting Lecturer, King's College London)
  • Public International Law (Visiting Lecturer, King's College London and Sessional Tutor, Australian National University)
  • Various (Jabal Centre, Australian National University)

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