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Sundhya Pahuja

College positions:
Visiting Fellow
International Law
Faculty of Law, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law
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Professor Sundhya Pahuja

Sundhya Pahuja is Australian Research Council Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Professor, and Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at the Melbourne Law School.

She is known for her work on the encounter between plural forms of international law, the legal, historical, political and economic dimensions of the relations between Global South and North, and for her work on research methods and supervisory practice in international law.

In 2019, Professor Pahuja was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. She has been the Lauterpacht Lecturer at Cambridge, the Newman Lecturer at Yale, the Genest lecturer at Osgoode Hall, and the Douglas McK Brown lecturer at UBC. She has twice been a Fellow at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies in South Africa, and a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore and at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

The focus of her current research is Global Corporations and International Law, the subject of her five year ARC Laureate Fellowship. Her current projects also include an interdisciplinary project on Populism and International Law with Richard Joyce (Monash), James Martel (San Francisco State University), Andrew Benjamin (Monash) and Rose Parfitt (Kent Law School) and Cold War Histories of International Law with Gerry Simpson (LSE) and Matthew Craven (SOAS). Professor Pahuja is a Global Faculty member at the Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy, has served as the Director of Studies in Public International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law and as an advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

Select publications

  • Decolonising International Law: Development, Economic Growth and the Politics of Universality, Cambridge University Press, 2011 (Winner, American Society of International Law, Certificate of Merit, 2012)
  • The Oxford Handbook of International Law and Development, OUP, Forthcoming (Edited with Ruth Buchanan and Luis Eslava)
  • Routledge Handbook on International Law and the Humanities, Routledge, 2021 (Edited with Shane Chalmers)
  • International Law and the Cold War, Cambridge University Press, 2019 (Edited with Matthew Craven and Gerry Simpson)
  • The State and International Law: A Reading from the Global South, 2020, 11:1 Humanity (1-21) (with Luis Eslava)
  • Public Debt, the Peace of Utrecht and the Rivalry between Company and State in Alfred Soons (ed.), The 1713 Peace of Utrecht and Its Enduring Effects, Brill, 2019, 156 – 172.
  • Corporations, Universalism and the Domestication of Race in International Law in Duncan Bell (ed.), Empire, Race and Global Justice, Cambridge University Press, 2019. (Winner, International Studies Association Prize for Best Edited Collection 2019)
  • Laws of Encounter: A Jurisdictional Approach to International Law, 2013, London Review of International Law

Select awards

  • Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, 2022
  • Winner of the Max Planck – Cambridge Prize in International Law, 2021
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, 2016
  • Winner of the Woodward Medal in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2014

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