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

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


Professor Surya P. Subedi, QC, OBE is among an exceptional group of experts whose high competence spans a number of areas of international law. He has covered the depth and breadth of international law in his teaching, research, and practice spanning some 30 years and has held high level national and international positions with responsibilities for policy formulation and advice. He has published eight books and more than 60 scholarly articles in all major areas of international law in leading international law journals. 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 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. His ground-breaking work on judicial and electoral reform in Cambodia was applauded by the international community including the US President Barack Obama. In recognition of his contribution to human rights, he was nominated for appointment as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2014.

Professor Subedi has advised a number of governments and public utility companies on international legal matters and acted as a counsel and as an expert witness in cases before higher courts in England and the International Court of Justice.

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 (Davos) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva. He was elected by the Asian Society of International Law in 2015 as Chairman of the Board of Editors of the Asian Journal of International Law (published by Cambridge University Press) as well as Chairman of the Research Committee of the Society.

These high achievements of Professor Subedi have been recognized in several significant ways. He was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen’s Counsel (Hon) in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the development of international law and to the advancement of human rights and made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to international law in 2004. He is the first international law academic to be appointed a QC honoris causa. He also was decorated by His Majesty King Birendra of Nepal with a high-level state honour - Suprabal Gorkhadaxinbahu - for his services to international law and to the nation in 1998.

Professor Subedi holds a doctoral degree in law from the University of Oxford, 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 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.

Professor Subedi's full CV

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

He currently teaches Global Governance through Law, Public International Law, and International Investment 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)
  • DPhil with a Prize (Oxford University)
  • Barrister (Middle Temple)

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, and International Investment Law.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice

Current postgraduate research students

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