Barnali Choudhury

Barnali Choudhury

B.Comm., LL.B.,LL.M., Ph.D., Member – Law Society of Upper Canada

Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)20 3108 8321

b.choudhury@ucl.ac.uk

Barnali Choudhury joined UCL in 2015, having previously taught at another London university and before that in Canada, the U.S and New Zealand. She is the author of Public Services and International Trade Liberalization: Human Rights and Gender Implications (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and a co-editor of Understanding the Modern Company: Corporate Governance and Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Previously, she held vistorships at Cambridge University and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private Law. Barnali is a member of UCL’s Centre for Ethics and Centre for Commercial Law.

Barnali’s work has been published widely and she has been invited to give talks in China, Switzerland, India, Lebanon, Germany, France, the U.K., Canada, Spain, and the U.S. Her research has been cited by arbitral tribunals and the House of Lords EU Select Committee. Prior to joining academia, Barnali worked as an international investment and corporate lawyer.

Research

Barnali’s work focuses on the intersection between economic and human rights issues at both international and domestic levels. Particular areas of interest include: foreign investment law, business and human rights, corporate social responsibility, international trade law, international arbitration, corporate law and corporate governance.

Publications

Books

Understanding the Modern Company: Corporate Governance and Theory (co-editor) (Cambridge University Press, 2016) (Forthcoming)

Public Services and International Trade Liberalization: Human Rights and Gender Implications (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Book Chapters

‘Business and Human Rights on the Continuum of Soft to Hard Law’ in J. du Plessis and C.K. Low, eds., Reflections on Voluntary Corporate Governance Codes (Forthcoming)

‘Rights of Women’ in T. Cottier and K.N. Schefer, eds., The Encyclopaedia of International Economic Law (Edward Elgar 2016, forthcoming)

‘Introduction’ in B. Choudhury and M. Petrin (eds), Understanding the Modern Company: Corporate Governance and Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2016). (Forthcoming)

‘Epilogue’ in B. Choudhury and M. Petrin (eds), Understanding the Modern Company: Corporate Governance and Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2016). (Forthcoming)

‘Incentivizing the Pursuit of the Common Good:  Incorporating Environmental and Social Goal Targets into Executive Compensation’ in P.E. Moyse, ed., From Economic Performance to Corporate Citizenship: The Changing Nature of Corporations and the Impact on CEO Remuneration (McGill University Press, 2013).

‘Women, Poverty and International Economic Law’ in K.N. Schefer, ed., Poverty and International Economic Law (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

‘A Call for a WTO Ministerial Decision on Trade and Human Rights’ in T. Cottier and P. Delimatsis, eds., The Prospects of International Trade Regulation: From Fragmentation to Coherence (Cambridge University Press, 2011) (Co-author).

Articles

‘Spinning Straw into Gold: Incorporating the Business and Human Rights Agenda into International Investment Agreements’, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law (Forthcoming, 2016)

‘Social Disclosure’, Berkeley Business Law Journal (Forthcoming, 2016)

‘Gender Diversity on Boards: Beyond Quotas’, (2015) 26:1 European Business Law Review 229

‘New Rationales for Women on Boards’, (2014) 34:1 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 1-32.

‘Aligning Corporate and Community Interests: From Abominable to Symbiotic’, (2014) 2013:3 Brigham Young University Law Review 101-149. [Lead article]

  • [Reprinted in John Coyle, Corporations and Other Business Enterprises: Cases and Materials (4th ed.)(2016)]

‘International Investment Law as a Global Public Good’, (2013)17:2 Lewis & Clark Law Review 481-520

‘Exception Provisions as a Gateway to the Incorporation of Human Rights in International Investment Law’, (2011) 49 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 670-716.

‘Serving Two Masters: Incorporating Social Responsibility into the Corporate Paradigm’, (2009) 11 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law 631-674

‘Democratic Implications Arising from the Intersection of Investment Arbitration and Human Rights’, (2009) 46 Alberta Law Review 983-1008

‘The Façade of Neutrality: Uncovering Gender Silences in International Trade’, (2009) 15 William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law 113-159

‘Recapturing Public Power:  Is Investment Arbitration Contributing to the Democratic Deficit?’, (2008) 41 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 775-832

‘Determining the Appropriate Level of Deference for Domestic Court Reviews of Investor-State Arbitral Awards’, (2007) 32 Queen’s Law Journal 602-640

  • [Reprinted in V.V.L. Gayathri, ed., International Investment Disputes – ADR Mechanisms, 48 (2008)]

‘Beyond the Alien Tort Claims Act: Alternative Approaches to Attributing Liability to Corporations for Extraterritorial Abuses’, (2005) 26 Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business 43-75

‘Evolution or Devolution?–Defining Fair and Equitable Treatment in International Investment Law’, (2005) 6 Journal of World Investment and Trade 297-320

‘The Search for Shade:  An Analysis of Super-Priority DIP financers in Re Sulphur Corporation of Canada Ltd’., (2002) 35 Canadian Bankruptcy Reporter (4th) 315-320

‘The Jurisdiction Within:  An Analysis of Re Playdium Entertainment Corp.’, 14 Commercial Insolvency Reporter 52-56 (2002).

Reports

‘2015: The Year of International Investment Law’, American Society of International Law Insight (2016)

‘Women on Boards: New Approaches – Director’s Note’, The Conference Board (October 2014) [Solicited by the Conference Board for Fortune 500 Directors of Boards of US corporations]

‘Submission to Ontario Securities Commission on the use of disclosure under securities law to promote women on boards’ (Sept. 2013)

‘Detailed submission to the House of Lords EU Select Committee on Women on Boards’ (July 2012)

For an up to date list of research, visit Barnali’s SSRN page

Current Teaching

Undergraduate

Company Law

Public International Law

Graduate

International Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility

Comparative Corporate Governance

Ph.D. Supervision

Barnali welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students on projects relating to international investment law, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance.