Prof. Dr. iur. et lic. rer.pol. Anne van Aaken is a Professor for Law and Economics, Legal Theory, Public International Law and European Law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. She holds a Master in Law from the University of Munich, a PhD in Law from the University of Frankfurt/Oder, a master degree in Economics from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and is admitted to the bar in Germany.
She has been a guest professor at several universities in Europe, Latin America, the United States (Columbia and NYU), Africa and Asia. In 2010/11, she was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. She is the Vice-President of the European Society in International Law (since 2014, board since 2012), was the Vice-President of the European Association of Law and Economics (2008-2013). She is i.a. a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law, the Editorial Board of International Theory and the Journal of International Economic Law. She has been an expert consultant for the World Bank, UNCTAD, OECD and GIZ. 

Her main research areas are international law with a special focus on international economic law and its interaction with other areas of international law, (international) legal theory, (behavioural) law and economics. She has published widely on those topics in peer-reviewed journals and top US law journals and is currently writing a book on “Behavioral International Law and Economics” under contract with Oxford University Press (with Tomer Broude).


The PIL Discussion Group hosts a weekly speaker event and light lunch and is a key focal point for PIL@Oxford. Topics involve contemporary and challenging issues in international law. Speakers include distinguished international law practitioners, academics, and legal advisers from around the world.

The group typically meets each Thursday during Oxford terms in The Old Library, All Souls College, with lunch commencing at 12:30. The speaker will commence at 12:45 and speak for about forty minutes, allowing about twenty five minutes for questions and discussion. The meeting should conclude before 2:00. Practitioners, academics and students from within and outside the University of Oxford are all welcome. No RSVP is necessary. Join the PIL Email List to receive information about the PIL Discussion Group meetings, as well as other PIL@Oxford news.
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Convenors of the Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group are Nikiforos Panagis and Talita de Souza Dias ​
The discussion group's meetings are part of the programme of the British Branch of the International Law Association and are supported by the Law Faculty and Oxford University Press.