Leïla Choukroune

Professor of International Law and Director of the University Research and Innovation Theme in Democratic Citizenship, University of Portsmouth

Leïla Choukroune is Professor of International Law and University Research and Innovation Theme Professor in Democratic Citizenship at the University of Portsmouth (UK).

Prior to joining Portsmouth, she was Director of the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH), the French National Research Centre (CNRS) Unit on South Asia based in New Delhi, India.

She is a visiting Professor at the World Trade Institute (Bern), the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (Arusha, Tanzania), the China-EU School of Law (Beijing), and the University of Geneva.

Her research focuses on the interactions between trade, investment and human rights and is applied to emerging countries, China and India in particular. She has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters and authored several books including Judging the State in International Trade and Investment Law (2016) and Indian Modernities (2017). She is the Editor of the Springer book series International Law and the Global South, http://www.springer.com/series/13447 and member of the Editorial Board of China Perspectives and Perspectives Chinoises.

Leïla Choukroune is regularly solicited as an independent expert on international economic law and business and human rights issues. She is an independent adviser to the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and a Member of the French National Books Commission (CNL). She is the co-Chair of the South Asian International Economic Law Network (SAIELN). She is Officer of “l’Ordre du mérité” (Knight of the Order of Merit - conferred by the French government).

Before taking the responsibility of the CSH directorship, she was Associate Professor with the Law Faculty of Maastricht University ; Deputy Director of the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR) and Director of the Advanced Master in international economic law; Assistant Professor with HEC Paris, Consultant with the OECD, Lecturer with Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Researcher with the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) in Hong Kong.

She holds a Doctorate in international law (suma cum laude – highest honor) from the University Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne and is a qualified lawyer to the Paris Bar. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish, speaks Chinese and German and learns Hindi.


  • –present
    Professor of International law and Director of the University Research and Innovation Theme in Democratic Citizenship, University of Portsmouth


  • 2004 
    Paris I Sorbonne , International Law, International Relations