Lecturer in International Relations

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Pillars: trade and development; leadership and agency

Keywords: international economic law; institutional design; multilateralism; individuals


Taylor joined the School of International Relations in September 2018. She is interested in global economic governance, economic diplomacy, and how international institutions change over time. At the moment, she is researching negotiations to reform investor–state arbitration; with Anthea Roberts, she writes a series of blogs on these negotiations, available on EJIL Talk! website.

Taylor is also a Senior Research Associate of the Global Economic Governance Programme, University of Oxford, and previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at PluriCourts, University of Oslo and Fellow in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics. She received her D.Phil from the University of Oxford in 2015.


Taylor St John. 2020. “The Creation of Investor–State Arbitration.” In The Oxford Handbook of International Arbitration, Thomas Schultz and Federico Ortino, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Tarald Laudal Berge and Taylor St John. 2020. “Asymmetric Diffusion: World Bank ‘Best Practice’ and the Spread of Arbitration in National Investment Law.” Review of International Political Economy. https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2020.1719429.

Anthea Roberts and Taylor St John. 2019. “UNCITRAL and ISDS Reform: Visualising a Flexible Framework.” EJIL Talk: Blog of the European Journal of International Law.

Olof Larsson, Theresa Squatrito, Øyvind Stiansen, and Taylor St John. 2019. “Selection and Appointment in International Adjudication: Insights from Political Science.” Academic Forum on ISDS Concept Paper 2019/10.

Taylor St John. 2018. The Rise of Investor–State Arbitration: Politics, Law, and Unintended Consequences. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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