Taylor St. John

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Taylor St. John is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the PluriCourts Centre of Excellence, University of Oslo. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the Global Economic Governance (GEG) Programme, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the international architecture to resolve disputes between foreign investors and host states, and the politics of foreign investment more generally. Within international relations theory, she is particularly interested in historical institutionalism, as well as broader questions of institutional design and multilateralism. Currently she is involved in collaborative projects at PluriCourts on investment dispute resolution in civil war contexts, gender in investment arbitration, and the role of secretariats in dispute resolution. 

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). From 2014-2015, she a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Economic Governance at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, during which time she led the GEG Programme's work on investment. 


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

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