Professor Andrew Mitchell

  • Professor Andrew Mitchell

    ARC Future Fellow

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Andrew is Professor at Melbourne Law School, Director of the Global Economic Law Network, a member of the Indicative List of Panelists to hear WTO disputes, and a member of the Energy Charter Roster of Panelists. He has previously practised law with Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters) and consults for States, international organisations and the private sector. Andrew has taught law in Australia, Canada and the US and is the recipient of three major current grants from the Australian Research Council and the Australian National Preventive Health Agency. He has published approximately 100 academic books and journal articles and is a Series Editor of the Oxford University Press International Economic Law Series, an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of International Economic Law and a General Editor on the Journal of International Dispute Settlement. He has law degrees from Melbourne, Harvard and Cambridge and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Andrew joined the faculty at Melbourne Law School in 2006, having been a Senior Fellow since 2002.

Andrew graduated from the University of Melbourne with First Class Honours in his Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees. While an undergraduate at Melbourne Law School, he was an Editor of the Melbourne University Law Review and General Editor of the first edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. He subsequently obtained a Graduate Diploma in International Law from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. In 2005, he successfully defended his PhD thesis on "The Role of Principles in WTO Dispute Settlement" at the University of Cambridge, where he was a WM Tapp Scholar of Gonville & Caius College and a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar.

During 2003-2004, Andrew was a Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University. Since 2004, he has been a Fellow of the Tim Fischer Centre for Global Trade & Finance at Bond University. In 2006, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, in 2007 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and in 2008 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Law, London School of Economics and Scholar-in-Residence at the International Arbitration Group of WilmerHale in London. In 2007, following a nomination by the Australian government, the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body added him to the indicative list of governmental and non-governmental panelists to hear WTO disputes. In 2009 he was a visiting Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University. In 2012, on the nomination of the Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, he joined the Energy Charter Roster of Panelists.

Andrew was previously a Solicitor with Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens Linklaters) in Australia, and he worked briefly at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. He has also worked in the Trade Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He was a Consultant to the IMF in Geneva from 2003 to 2005.

In addition to his Melbourne teaching, Andrew has taught WTO law to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Bond University, Georgetown University, Monash University, and the University of Western Ontario, and to Australian and overseas government officials for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the International Development Law Organization and the Canadian International Development Agency. Andrew also consults for the private sector and international organisations. For example, he has been engaged by Telstra for a research project on trade and telecommunications issues and by the World Health Organization to advise on issues concerning the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Other Faculty and University Responsibilities

Assistant Director Research, Melbourne School of Government
Director, Global Economic Law Network
Faculty Advisor,
Melbourne Journal of International Law Advisory Board (2008-)
Member, Melbourne Journal of International Law Advisory Board (2007-)
Academic-ISS Coordinator

Memberships and Affiliations

Member, American Society of International Law
Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law
Member, European Society of International Law

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