Taylor St. John

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Taylor St John is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, and part of the LEGINVEST project at PluriCourts, University of Oslo. From 2016-2018, she was a postdoc at the PluriCourts. Her research focuses on the international architecture to resolve disputes between foreign investors and host states. 

As part of the LEGINVEST project, she is collaborating on research into national investment laws, the politics of reforming investor-state arbitration, and gender in investor-state arbitration, among other themes. She is also working on a project examining different institutions for resolving investment disputes that arise in civil war contexts and a project examining the role of individuals in economic diplomacy.

She holds a DPhil and MSc from the University of Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA in International Political Economy from the College of Idaho. Before coming to PluriCourts, she was a Fellow in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics (LSE) and before that, a postdoc with the Global Economic Governance Programme, University of Oxford, where she remains a research associate.


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

St John, Taylor. 2019. "Institutional Developments in Investment Law and Policy" in Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy 2017, edited by Lisa Sachs, Lise Johnson, and Jesse Coleman. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

St John, Taylor. 2018. "Enriching Law with Political History: A Case Study on the Creation of the ICSID Convention" in International Investment Law and History, edited by Stephan Schill, Christian Tams, and Rainer Hoffman. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 

St John, Taylor. 2017. "Investment: Contestation and Transformation" in Beyond Gridlock, edited by Thomas Hale and David Held. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Woolcock, Stephen, Taylor St John, and Elitsa Garnizova. 2016. "The Implications of International Economic and Financial Governance Agenda for EU Trade and Investment Policy." Commissioned Report, European Parliament Committee on International Trade. 

Gertz, Geoffrey, and Taylor St John. 2015. "State Interpretations of Investment Treaties: Feasible Strategies for Developing Countries." GEG Programme. 

Gertz, Geoffrey, and Taylor St John. 2015. "Bringing the State Back In: Reconciling Public and Private Interests in the Investment Regime." GEG Programme. 

St John, Taylor. 2012. "Multilateral Liberalization Through Bilateral Treaties? A Workshop on Global Investment Governance." GEG Programme. 

Published Aug. 16, 2016 2:18 PM - Last modified Mar. 23, 2019 7:50 PM