Professor Surya P Subedi O.B.E.
Professor of International Law
Educated in law at the University of Oxford, I am Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds and have published extensively in international law. My endeavours are aimed at advocating fairness and promoting the rule of law in international affairs. I also am a practising Barrister of the Middle Temple, the UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia, and a member of a high-level Advisory Group on Human Rights to the British Foreign Secretary.
I was elected to the Institut de Droit International in 2011 and have served as a member of its Commission on legal aspects of investment arbitration whose work resulted in the adoption of the Tokyo Resolution on Legal Aspects of Recourse to Arbitration by an Investor against the Authorities of the Host State under Inter-State Treaties in September 2013. I also am a member of the London Court of International Arbitration. My name has been designated to serve on the Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Since my election unanimously as the UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia by the UN Human Rights Council in March 2009 and as one of only ten country-specific UN special rapporteurs in the world, I have identified human rights problems in Cambodia and have given constructive recommendations to help tackle them. I have produced four substantive and substantial reports (published by the United Nations) focusing on judicial, parliamentary and electoral reform, and on the impact of economic and other land concessions on people's lives.
I was a member of the Water Resources Law Committee of the International Law Association (ILA) whose work resulted in 2004 in the adoption of the Berlin Rules on Water Resources. I have also served as a member of the Committee on Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development of the ILA whose work led to the adoption of the New Delhi Declaration of Principles of International Law Relating to Sustainable Development in 2002 and the Sofia Guiding Statements on the Judicial Elaboration of the New Delhi Declaration in 2012.
In addition to Leeds, I have taught at other universities in Great Britain, the US and the Netherlands and have been invited to deliver lectures in international law at universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, London School of Economics, and Yale. I am the founder Editor of the Asian Journal of International Law (published by Cambridge University Press) and a founder and Vice-President of the Asian Society of International Law.
I have received a number of state and other honours, along with prestigious prizes. I was appointed an OBE (Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004 for my services to international law and Britain-Nepal relations. The then British Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Jack Straw MP, in his speech at the FCO at an OBE investiture summed up my contribution to international law in the following words: “Professor Subedi has made a highly distinguished contribution to our understanding of international law, and to its evolution” and his work has “spanned almost every aspect of it - with a special focus on issues… which make a real difference to people’s lives.”
[The full texts of Mr Jack Straw’s speech and my OBE acceptance speech were published in the Newsletter of the International Law Association (ILA), London, 2005, No. 22, pp.10-12.]
I also have served as a legal advisor to the Government of Nepal and represented the country in the UN and other international diplomatic conferences. I was decorated by His late Majesty King Birendra of Nepal with the Order of Suprabal Gorkhadaxin Bahu for services to international law and to the nation.
I was awarded the Dasturzada Pavry Memorial Prize for an outstanding doctoral thesis by the University of Oxford, a prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship by the British Society of Legal Scholars (formerly SPTL) for one of my books, and the Josephine Onoh Memorial Prize for best LLM student of the year by the University of Hull. I was awarded an FCO scholarship to Oxford for my doctoral studies and a British Council Scholarship for LLM studies at Hull. I hold a DPhil in law from the University of Oxford, an LLM with Distinction from the University of Hull, and an LLB from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
- Professor Subedi's CV [PDF: 111KB]
Scholarly and Research Interests
My current research interests include all major areas of international law.
I currently teach International Economic Law, International Investment Law, and Global Governance through Law.
I would be willing to consider good research proposals from strong candidates for research in any area of international law. Throughout my academic career, I have supervised eighteen doctoral students to successful completion and examined forty-two doctoral theses as an external examiner for most leading universities in the UK.
Subedi, S (2012) International Investment Law: Reconciling Policy and Principle (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2nd edition).
Subedi, S. (2013) ‘India’s New Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Treaty with Nepal: A New Trend in State Practice’ ICSID Review: Foreign Investment Law Journal (Oxford University Press), Vol. 28 (2), Fall, 2013, pp.384-404.
Subedi, S. (2013), ‘Land Rights in Countries in Transition: A Case Study of Human Rights Impact of Economic Land Concessions in Cambodia’ Asian Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 17, pp.1-46.
Subedi, S. (2011) ‘Problems and Prospects for the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in Dealing with Submissions by Coastal States in Relation to the Ocean Territory Beyond 200 Nautical Miles’, 26 The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Hague), pp.413–431.
Subedi, S. (2011) ‘Protecting Human Rights through the Mechanism of UN Special Rapporteurs’, 33 Human Rights Quarterly (The Johns Hopkins University Press, U.S.A.), 2011, pp. 201-228.
Chapters in Books
Subedi, S. (2010) ‘WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism as a New Technique for Settling Disputes in International Law’, in Duncan French, Matthew Saul and Nigel D. White (eds.), International Law and Dispute Settlement: New Problems and Techniques (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2010), pp.173-190.
Subedi, S. (2010) ‘Post-conflict Constitutional Settlement in Nepal and the Role of the United Nations’, in Morly Frishman and Sam Muller (ed.), The Dynamics of Constitutionalism in the Age of Globalisation (Hague Academic Press, The Hague, the Netherlands, 2010), pp.71-87.
- Full list of Professor Subedi's publications [PDF: 90KB]
Media Contact Areas
I am happy to speak to the press on issues within international law.
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