Professor Surya P. Subedi, QC, OBE, DCL & DPhil (Oxford), Barrister

Professor Surya P. Subedi, QC, OBE, DCL & DPhil (Oxford), Barrister


Professor Surya P. Subedi, QC, DCL, OBE, obtained his DPhil in Law with a prize at the University of Oxford (known as PhD elsewhere) in 1993. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to international law in 2004. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel (Hon) in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the development of international law and to the advancement of human rights. In 2019, he was awarded the highest degree – the Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) – by the University of Oxford in recognition of his insightful and distinctive publications that contain significant and original contributions to the study of law. He is Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds, a visiting professor on the Master's programme in international human rights law at the University of Oxford, and a practising Barrister at Three Stone Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, London. He he also has taught at five other universities in the UK, USA, and the Netherlands. 

Professor Subedi has held high level national and international positions with responsibilities for policy formulation and advice. He has advised a number of governments on international legal matters and acted as a counsel and as an expert witness in cases before higher courts in England and before the International Court of Justice. He was elected by the UN Human Rights Council in 2009 to serve as the UN’s Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia for six years and appointed by the British Government in 2010 as an advisor on human rights to the British Foreign Secretary for five years.  He has published eight books and more than 60 scholarly articles in all major areas of international law in leading international law journals.

He was elected to the exclusive Nobel Peace Prize winning Institut de Droit International in 2011 and made a Membre Titulaire in 2015. He also was invited to serve as an expert member of the Task Force on Investment Policy of the World Economic Forum (known as the Davos Forum). He has been appointed to serve on the Panels of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), on the Panels of the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO and on the Panels of International Investment Arbitrators of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

Professor Subedi is the Chairman of the Board of Editors of the Asian Journal of International Law, which is published by Cambridge University Press and the editor of a book series entitled ‘Human Rights and International Law’, which is published by the leading British publishing house Routledge (London/New York).

In addition to the DCL and DPhil from Oxford, Professor Subedi holds an LLM with Distinction from the University of Hull, and an MA and an LLB from Tribhuvan University. He was awarded the Dasturzada Pavry Memorial Prize for an outstanding DPhil thesis of the year by the University of Oxford in 1993, the Josephine Onoh Memorial Prize for best LLM student by the University of Hull in 1988 and an SPTL Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship by Younger Scholars by the British Society of Legal Scholars in 1998. He was recipient of a British Council Scholarship to study for an LLM at Hull University and a British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Scholarship to study for a DPhil at Oxford University.

He maintains an active research interest in all major areas of international law.

He currently teaches Global Governance through Law, Public International Law, International Investment Law and WTO Law.

UN Human Rights Council

World Trade Organisation

Institut de Droit International

World Economic Forum (Davos)

Three Stone Chambers

International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)

Research interests

Professor Subedi has covered all major areas of public international law in his research and publications. His research are interests range from international investment law to WTO law, the law of the sea, international human rights law, and international watercourses law. He has published eight books and more than 60 scholarly articles in all major areas of international law in most leading international law journals. His recent publications include a book entitled 'The Effectiveness of the UN Human Rights System: Reform and the Judicialisation of Human Rights', which covers the rationale and effectiveness of UN human rights mechanisms and suggests measures to reform them. Another book of his is titled 'International Investment Law: Reconciling Policy and Principle'. It deals with the tension between the principles of the law of foreign investment and other competing principles of international law.

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  • LLB, MA (Tribhuvan University)
  • LLM with Distinction (University of Hull)
  • DCL & DPhil with a Prize (Oxford University)
  • Barrister (Middle Temple)
  • QC (Hon), 2017

Professional memberships

  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration
  • Member, The Bar Council of England and Wales
  • Member, The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • Member, Institut de Droit International
  • Chair, Editorial Board, Asian Journal of International Law
  • Chair, Research Committee, Asian Society of International Law

Student education

Professor Subedi currently teaches Global Governance through Law, Public International Law, WTO Law, and International Investment Law.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice

Current postgraduate researchers

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