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Professor of International Law, University of Portsmouth

Leïla Choukroune is Professor of International Law and Director of the University of Portsmouth Research and Innovation Theme in Democratic Citizenship.

Her research focuses on the interactions between international trade and investment law, human rights, development studies, jurisprudence and social theory. For the past 20 years, it has been applied to the Global South in India, South Asia, China and East Africa in particular.

Professor Leïla Choukroune has published numerous scientific articles, book chapters and Journals special issues in English, French, Spanish or Chinese and authored more than 10 books, including recently, Judging the State in International Trade and Investment Law (2016), Exploring Indian Modernities (2018), Adjudicating Businesses in India, (2020), International Economic Law, (2020).

She is the Editor of the Springer book series International Law and the Global South ( ; and the Routledge book series in Human Rights, Citizenship and the Law( She is also Associate Editor of the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law and Member of the Editorial Boards of the leading peer reviewed JournalsChina Perspectives and Perspectives Chinoises. She is currently working on the creation of a new Journal in International Law and Development with a Global South orientation. She regularly publishes in the global media and has given a large number of interviews about her research and its impact.

Together with Professor James Nedumpara, she is the co-Chair of the South Asia International Economic Law Network (SAIELN) a learned society, which endeavours to foster research and publication in international economic law.

She has taught all disciplines of international law to graduate and post-graduate students as well as specialized executive courses and programmes in Europe, Asia and Africa. She has also supervised and mentored a very large number of students at the master and PhD levels.

Professor Leïla Choukroune is regularly solicited as an independent expert on international economic law and business and human rights issues. She has been independent adviser to the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and a Member of the French National Books Commission (CNL). She is Officer of “l’Ordre du mérité” (Knight of the Order of Merit - conferred by the French government). Before joining the University of Portsmouth, she was Director of the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH), a research unit of the CNRS based in New Delhi (India), Associate Professor at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University (Netherlands); Deputy Director of the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR) and Director of the Advanced Master in international economic law (Maastricht University); Assistant Professor at HEC Paris, Consultant for the OECD, Lecturer at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Researcher at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) a unit of the CNRS in Hong Kong.

Professor Leïla Choukroune holds a Doctorate in international law (suma cum laude – highest honour) 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