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Diane Desierto

Diane Desierto profile

Diane Desierto

External Faculty Fellow
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Prof. Dr. Diane Desierto (JSD, Yale), is tenured Associate Professor of Human Rights Law and Global Affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs (concurrent appointment with the Law School) at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA); Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court of the Philippines; and External Executive Director of the University of the Philippines College of Law Graduate Program at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) business district, and is also active as Southeast Asia/ASEAN counsel for international arbitration, international economic law, and international human rights disputes based in the region, for which she has been consistently recognized by Who's Who Legal as one of the "Future Leaders in Arbitration".  At Notre Dame, she teaches the courses International Law and Human Rights; Human Rights, Sustainability, and the Global Commons; Trade, Investment, and Human Rights; and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.  She also specializes in maritime security, ASEAN law, comparative constitutional law, and international dispute settlement, and has delivered lectures at the United Nations, ASEAN, the Asian Development Bank, Pacific Command, the European External Action Service, the European Council of Foreign Relations, the Singapore Academy of Law, the Philippine Supreme Court, among many international and national institutions.  She is the author and/or editor of books such as Public Policy in International Economic Law: The ICESCR in Trade, Finance, and Investment (OUP, 2015), Necessity and National Emergency Clauses: Sovereignty in Modern Treaty Interpretation (Martinus Nijhoff, 2012); International Commercial Arbitration for the Philippine Legal Profession (University of the Philippines, 2014); ASEAN Law and Regional Integration: Governance and the Rule of Law in Southeast Asia's Single Market (with David Cohen, Routledge, 2018); The Constitutional System of the Philippines (Hart Publishing, forthcoming); The Cambridge Textbook on International Economic Law (with Freya Baetens and Michael Waibel, forthcoming 2018); and nearly a hundred law review articles, book chapters, and essays in her areas of expertise.
 
Among her global appointments, Professor Desierto is a Member of the Expert Drafting Team for the Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration; Member of the UNCITRAL Forum on Reforming Investor-State Dispute Settlement in Geneva; Expert for the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia; Affiliate and Focal Point for the Philippines, International Criminal Court Bar Association at the Hague; Visiting Professor of Law teaching International Economic Law and Development at the University of Paris-Nanterre (May 2018); former Director of Studies for Public International Law and current external faculty of the Hague Academy of International Law; Co-Chair of the Oxford Investment Claims Summer Academy at the University of Oxford and Advisory Board Member for Oxford Investment Claims; Academic Council Member of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration; and Listed Arbitrator at the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre. She is one of the permanent Editors of EJIL:Talk! and Scientific Advisory Board Member of the European Journal of International Law; and is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Indonesia Yearbook of International Law, and is the Head of the International Economic Law & Development Group at the Asian Society of International Law.  Professor Desierto served as a Law Clerk (Yale Fellow) at the International Court of Justice at the Hague, and received other senior/visiting fellowships from Berlin (KFG 'International Law - Rise or Decline' Berlin Potsdam Research Group), Heidelberg (Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public Law and International Law), Singapore (Asian Law Institute, National University of Singapore), Honolulu (East-West Center), Michigan (Grotius Postdoctoral Research Fellow), and Stanford (Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences).  She was a former faculty member in the law faculties of Peking University School of Transnational Law, the University of the Philippines, Lyceum of the Philippines, and the University of Hawaii.  Professor Desierto is an alumna of Yale Law School (JSD and LLM), the University of the Philippines (JD cum laude salutatorian and BSc Economics summa cum laude valedictorian), the Xiamen Academy of International Law, and the Academie du droit de l'arbitrage in Paris (Shearman Scholar and RU Laureate of the Academy), and is a recipient of various international awards and prizes such as Pi Gamma Mu Most Outstanding Social Science Scholar (2000), ASEAN Intervarsities Debate Champion (2001), English Session Champion of the Jean Pictet IHL Competition (2004), and the Ambrose Gherini Prize in International Law (2011).