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Professor Valentina Vadi

Professor of International Economic Law

Valentina Vadi

Lancaster University

Bowland North

LA1 4YN

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 592877

Research overview

Professor Vadi is a general international lawyer, with special expertise in international economic law (including international investment law and world trade law), international cultural law and the history of international law.

PhD supervision

Professor Vadi will welcome potential doctoral students in selected areas of public international law from the academic year 2018/2019.

Profile

Valentina Vadi is a Professor of International Economic Law at Lancaster University, United Kingdom. She was formerly a Reader in International Business Law at the same university (2013-2015), an Emile Noël Fellow at the Jean Monnet Centre for International and Regional Economic Law at New York University (2013-2014), and a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Maastricht University (2011-2013). In addition, Professor Vadi lectured at Hasselt University (Belgium), the University of Rome III (Italy), the China EU School of Law (P.R. China) and Maastricht University (The Netherlands). She has published more than eighty articles in various areas of public international law in top journals, including the Harvard International Law Journal, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, the Stanford Journal of International Law, the Columbia Human Rights Review, the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of  International Economic Law and others. She is the co-editor (with Hildegard Schneider) of Art, Cultural Heritage and the Market: Legal and Ethical Issues (Springer: Heidelberg 2014), and (with Bruno De Witte) of Culture and International Economic Law (Routledge: 2015). Valentina Vadi is the author of Public  Health in International Investment Law and Arbitration (Routledge: 2012), Cultural Heritage in International Investment law and Arbitration (Cambridge University Press: 2014) and Analogies in International Investment Law and Arbitration (Cambridge University Press: 2016).

Career Details

Valentina Vadi is a Professor in International Economic Law at the Law School, Lancaster University. She was formerly a Reader in International Business Law at the same University (2013-2015), an Emile Noël Fellow at the Jean Monnet Centre for International and Regional Economic Law, at New York University (2013-2014), and a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Maastricht University (2011-2013). Professor Vadi also lectured at Hasselt University (Belgium), the University of Rome III (Italy), the China-EU School of Law (Beijing, P.R. China) and Maastricht University (NL).

Professor Vadi has carried out significant research in the field of international law, publishing extensively in this area in academic journals such as the Journal of International Economic Law, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and the Stanford Journal of International Law, among others. She has presented her research at international conferences worldwide in Asia, Europe and North and Latin America. In particular, she has been invited to present at the following universities: Bedfordshire; Bern; Birkbeck College, University of London; Bologna; Buckingham; Cambridge; Catania; Charles University, Prague; City University, University of London; Coimbra, Edinburgh; European University Institute, Florence; Florence; Geneva; Georgetown; Glasgow; Groningen; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE); Keele; King’s College, University of London; La Rochelle; Leiden; London School of Economics; Minnesota; National University Singapore; Newcastle; New York University; Rome III; School of Advanced Study, University of London; Sevilla; Siena; Southampton; Sussex; Turin; Universidad Autonoma Madrid; University College London; University of the West of England; Verona; Warwick.

Furthermore, she has been invited to present at events organized by the following organizations: American Society of International Law; Association for Law, Property and Society; British Association for Canadian Studies; British Institute of International and Comparative Law; Canadian Political Science Association; Global Ecological Integrity Group; Institute for Globalization and International Regulation; International Institute for the Sociology of Law; Italian Society of International Law; Latin-American Council of Scholars on International and Comparative Law; Society of International Economic Law; Society of Legal Scholars; Socio-Legal Studies Association; Law & Society Association; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

She holds degrees in international law and political science from the University of Siena, a Master of Research and a PhD from the European University Institute, and an MJur from the University of Oxford. She is a qualified lawyer (Florence Bar). She completed further non-degree studies at the Universite' de Fribourg (CH), Queen Mary University of London and the London School of Economics.  

Research Grants

Professor Vadi has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant to fund research on the protection of cultural heritage in international economic law including world trade law, international investment law and European Union Law. The main outcome of this research will be a monograph, under contract with Brill.

During an earlier Emile Noel Fellowship at New York University, she conducted research on the role of comparative reasoning in international investment law and arbitration. The main outcome of the research conducted during the Emile Noel fellowship was published Cambridge University Press. See Valentina Vadi, Analogies in International Investment Law and Arbitration (Cambridge University Press 2016).

During a Marie Curie Fellowship awarded by the European Commission at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, she focused on the interplay between the protection of cultural heritage and the promotion of foreign direct investment in international investment law and arbitration. The main outcome of this research was a book published by Cambridge University Press. See Valentina Vadi, Cultural Heritage in International Investment Law and Arbitration (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), now also available in paperback. Another outcome of this grant was the co-edited volume Culture in International Economic Law (with Bruno De Witte) (Routledge 2015)

Professor Vadi was awarded a doctoral scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for conducting research on the interplay between the protection of public health and the promotion of foreign direct investment in international investment law and arbitration. A deeply revised version of the doctoral thesis was published by Routledge in 2012. See Valentina Vadi, Public Health in International Investment Law and Arbitration (Routledge, London 2012), now also available in paperback.  

Current Teaching

Professor Vadi convenes and contributes lectures to international investment law. She also contributes lectures to EU law and international trade law.

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