Dr Joshua Paine

BA/LLB(Hons), LL.M, PhD

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Joshua (Josh) Paine joined the University of Bristol as a Lecturer in Law in January 2020 and has been a Senior Lecturer in Law since January 2022. Prior to coming to Bristol, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law for three years, in the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution. Josh is an international lawyer with a focus on international economic law (primary focus on international investment law; secondary focus on international trade law) and international dispute settlement. His research has been published or is forthcoming in the European Journal of International Law, ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal, International & Comparative Law QuarterlyJournal of International ArbitrationJournal of International Dispute Settlement, Journal of World Investment & Trade, Leiden Journal of International Law, and edited volumes published by Brill Nijhoff, Cambridge University Press, Edward Elgar and Hart. Josh serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of World Investment & Trade and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law. In 2017 he was the winner of the European Society of International Law Young Scholar Prize.

Josh is currently completing a monograph, developed from his doctoral thesis, entitled The Functions of International Adjudication and International Environmental Litigation (under contract with Cambridge University Press). The book uses the category of environmental cases to compare the functions of international adjudication across the contexts of dispute settlement in the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, International Court of Justice litigation, and investment treaty arbitration. Specifically, the book analyses how adjudicators across these settings manage the problems of changes in law or facts, the standard and method of review, and contributing to broader processes of dispute resolution.

Josh holds a PhD in law from the University of Melbourne, an LLM in international law from Cambridge University, and a BA/LLB (Hons) from the Australian National University. He has previously taught a range of law courses at the Universities of Luxembourg, Melbourne, Canberra, and the Australian National University, and worked as a Judge’s Associate in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. In 2014 Josh held a visiting fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. Josh is admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales, Australia.


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