Surya P. Subedi is Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds and a practising barrister in England & Wales. He has worked in the field of international law, including international trade and investment law and international human rights law for nearly 30 years in both developed and developing countries as a senior UN official, a professor of law, a government lawyer, and a law practitioner. He has advised a number of governments on international legal matters and appeared before higher courts both in England and in Nepal. Prior to joining the Bar of England, he was a Consultant on international legal matters to Mishcon de Reya Solicitors, London.
He has published extensively in international law. He is the author of a major book ‘International Investment Law: Reconciling Policy and Principle’ (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 1st edition in 2008 and 2nd edition in 2012). He was elected to the Institut de Droit International, a Nobel Prize-winning organization consisting of the world’s leading international lawyers, in 2011 and has served as a member of its Commission on legal aspects of international investment arbitration and its work resulted in the adoption of the Tokyo Resolution on Legal Aspects of Recourse to Arbitration by an Investor against the Authorities of the Host State in September 2013.
His name has been designated to serve on the Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and on the Panels of the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Professor Subedi has been the United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia since 2009 and is one of only twelve such country-specific UN mandate holders in the world for some of the most challenging countries in terms of the situation of human rights and has become the longest serving UN human rights envoy for the country. He also has been serving as a member of a high-level Advisory Group on Human Rights to the British Foreign Secretary since 2010.