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Professor of International Economic Law, City, University of London

Professor and Director of the LLM Programme, David Collins teaches and researches in the field of international economic law specializing in the law of the World Trade Organization and international investment law. Previously, David practiced commercial litigation in Toronto, Canada and was a prosecutor for the Attorney General of Ontario.

David's research focus is on the interdisciplinary dimension of international economic law, incorporating perspectives from economics, business and science. His research has attracted funding from the British Academy, the UK Society of Legal Scholars, the Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. His expertise has been sought by organizations including the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Bar Association. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law and of the International Issues Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales where he is Chair of the Law Society's Trade Policy Working Group. He is also on the London Court of International Arbitration's database of neutral arbitrators and mediators. He is the author of The BRIC States and Outward Foreign Direct Investment (Oxford University Press, 2013), The World Trade Organization Beginner's Guide (Oneworld Books, 2015) and Performance Requirements and Investment Incentives under International Economic Law (Edward Elgar, 2015).

David has been a Visiting Fellow at Georgetown University (the Institute of International Economic Law), the World Trade Institute of the University of Berne, Columbia University (Center on Sustainable Investment), Maastricht University (Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation), the University of Sydney, the University of Hong Kong (Asian Institute of International Financial Law), the University of Oslo (PluriCourts Centre) and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. David has also been a Visiting Professor at Esade Law School (Barcelona), Pericles Law Center (Moscow) and the University of Vilnius.

In addition to his writing, teaching and consulting, David is the Director and co-founder of Start-Ed, a commercial student law clinic focusing on London's Tech City. Start-Ed has won prizes and grants from the UK Intellectual Property Office, PraxisUnico, the Legal Education Foundation, the Higher Education Academy and City University London's Vice Chancellor's Award for engagement with business and enterprise.


  • –present
    Professor of International Economic Law, City University London