Andrea Leiter

  • Andrea Leiter

    PhD candidate

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Andrea is a PhD candidate working on the history of international investment law in a jointly-awarded degree program between the Melbourne University and the Vienna University. She is particularly interested in the historical formation of legal fields, the political economy of foreign direct investment and the notion of progress for the authority of law.

Andrea is a teaching fellow at Melbourne University Law School and a Junior Research Fellow at Ormond College. Prior to coming to Melbourne she worked as a teacher and lecturer at the Section for International Law and International Relations at the Vienna University Law School and taught at the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems. Since January 2016 she is a recipient of a doc-fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

She holds a magister degree in Law with a focus on International Law as well as magister degree in Development Studies both from the University of Vienna.

Thesis Title

International Investment Law - The making of a legal field

Thesis Summary

In my dissertation I study the making of the field of international investment law over the course of the 20th century. The overall concern of my thesis is the constitution of investment law as a field of law and the consequent shift of authority to order the property relations between foreign investors and states. By tracing the practices at work and embedding them in their context, I point to the boundaries of the legal field, uncovering the violent processes of exclusion that characterize the constitution of the field. In order to approach this question I revisit moments in the history of international investment law that have profoundly shaped its character.


  • Public International Law
  • Globalisation and Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • Law and Development
  • Legal Theory