International Economic Law and Policy

BA Modern Languages OU pathwayInternational Economic Law is an increasingly topical area of the law with momentous developments in all its various strands happening almost on a daily basis.

The International Economic Law and Policy Working Group (IELPWG) is a highly-focused discussion group for those numerous scholars (staff and PhD students) in Birmingham Law School with a core expertise and interest in trade, investment, antitrust and competition, finance and monetary affairs, EU internal and external trade. It works as an interest group with regular meetings where research is presented and topical developments discussed. While the core focus of the group is on the law, it is open to scholars coming from other disciplines (mostly economics and political science) and will also benefit from the contribution of invited speakers.

Group lead:

  • Luca Rubini - EU and international trade and competition law
  • Henok Asmelash - international trade law, regional economic integration and sustainable energy transition


  • Mariela de Amstalden - WTO law, global economic governance, IP rights, food and public health regulation
  • Anthony Arnull - European Court of Justice – EU governance – relationship between EU and UK
  • Lovleen Bhullar - Environment, health, human rights, India, WTO law.
  • Rilka Dragneva-Lewers - regional trade integration, Eurasia
  • Szilard Gaspar-Szilagyi - EU Common Commercial Policy, EU Investment Law and Policy, Investment Treaty Arbitration, Preferential Trade Agreements, Online Brokerage Platforms.
  • Martin Trybus - EU law and policy, public procurement, trade agreements

Doctoral researchers:

  • Love Alfred - renewable energy and sustainable development
  • Ben Czapnik - WTO law, international economic law, animal policy and socio-legal techniques
  • Rezaul Karim - development and the world trading system
  • Gosego Rockfall Lekgowe - Trade law and regional integration law, Africa.
  • Arinze Okiche - Regional integration and flexibility, competition law and sustainable development in Africa

Forthcoming events 2021/2:

  • 18th October 2021 - Ben Czapnik (Chinese University, Hong Kon) and Lorand Bartels (Cambridge) Moral Determinations in International Law: Lessons from the Seals Dispute - 5-7pm (Zoom) 
  • 8th November 2021 – Federico Ortino (King’s College London) & Mavluda Sattarova (Liverpool Law School) Origin and Evolution of Investment Treaty Standards: Progress or Regression? - 5-7pm (Zoom)
  • 13th January 2022 – Amrita Bahri (UTAM) and Anoush Derboghossian (World Trade Organization) – “Finding Feet on Chocolate Boxes and Trade Agreements: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs amidst a Pandemic" -  5-7pm (Zoom)
  • 7th February 2022 - Henok Asmelash (Birmingham Law School) and Luca Rubini (Birmingham Law School) – “Taking Stock of the WTO Jurisprudence on Renewable Energy Support” -  5-7pm (Zoom)

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