Anthea Roberts

Professor Anthea Roberts


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BA/LLB from ANU (National Undergraduate Scholarship, 1st Class Honours and University Medal), LLM from NYU (Fulbright Scholar, Hauser Scholar and Jerome Lipper Award), PhD from ANU (JG Crawford Award)


Anthea Roberts, a Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), is an interdisciplinary researcher and legal scholar who focuses on new ways of thinking about complex and evolving global fields. She is the Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice and chairs the ANU Geoeconomics Working Group. Anthea is currently a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and formerly taught at the London School of Economics, Columbia Law School and Harvard Law School.

The League of Scholars has named Anthea the world's leading international law scholar (2019, 2022) and Australia's leading law scholar (2019). She has twice been awarded the Francis Deák Prize for the best article published in the American Journal of International Law by a young scholar and received an ANU Futures Award and a UK Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Research interests

International law, trade and investment | The effect of geopolitical change on global governance | Understanding and navigating complex systems

Researcher's projects

Anthea's latest book Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why it Matters (co-authored with Nicoloas Lamp) with Harvard University Press was listed as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Financial Times and Fortune Magazine. See more information on Six Faces here.

Her first book Is International Law International (2017) won numerous prizes, including the American Society of International Law's Book Prize, and was Oxford University Press's top selling law monograph worldwide in 2017-2018.

Anthea is also engaged in a long-term project with Dr Taylor St John, studying the evolution of governance of investor-state arbitration. See more information on ISDS Reform here.



  • JZ International relations
  • JX International law
  • HB Economic Theory

Expertise Areas

  • Comparative Law
  • Geoeconomics
  • International Law (excl. International Trade Law)
  • International Trade Law
  • Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution


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