Mona Pinchis-Paulsen

Mona Pinchis-Paulsen


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Biographical details

Mona is currently completing her Ph.D. in Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law, University of London (King’s College) under the supervision of Dr. Federico Ortino and Dean David Caron. Mona's doctoral project is titled: The Life and Death (and Re-Birth) of “Fair and” “Equitable Treatment:” A Historical Examination of Twentieth Century International Trade and Investment Law Treaty-Making and Political Decision-Making.

Mona’s thesis seeks to understand why governments began including the ‘fair and’ ‘equitable treatment’ (FET/ET) concept in investment-focused treaties when today, its vagueness opens the door to innumerable types of complaints from private investors against host governments. To resolve this question, Mona’s work focuses on the historic archived materials (collected in Geneva, Paris, London, and Washington, D.C.) of trade and investment law-making and policy-making from 1919 to 1962. In the time-period studied, Mona’s thesis shows how international institutions, governments, and other actors associated diverse reasons for citing FET/ET within international trade and investment law policy and agreements.

Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Mona worked for Appleton & Associates’ international dispute resolution practice. As an international legal researcher and scholar-in-residence, Mona drafted legal arguments for NAFTA and non-NAFTA arbitrations, provided in-depth review of international law and procedural course of action, and addressed the challenges that lawyers faced in a variety of international investment cases.

In 2006, Mona successfully received both a Canadian Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and an American Juris Doctor (J.D.) in Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in History (emphasis on North American Constitutional History). Called to the Ontario Bar in 2007, Mona gained experience at a premiere Canadian law firm, where she worked in transnational matters, including competition law and energy procurement. Mona is a 2011 graduate of the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International & Comparative Law at The George Washington University Law School.  Supervised by Professor Steve Charnovitz, Mona examined the WTO subsidy rules, with respect to the American subsidies program to General Motors Corp.

Mona is currently the Assistant Editor for the Journal of International Dispute Settlement. In 2016, Mona served as a Visiting Lecturer for the 'International Investment Law' LLM course. In 2013 and 2014 she was a Tutor for the ‘Elements of the Law of Contract’ LL.B. course at King’s, and coached for the King’s College London team in the 2013 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Moot Competition. For the 2016/2017 academic year, Mona will be a Visiting Student Researcher at Stanford Law School.



Research interests (short)

Mona's primary research areas are, as follows: 

  • international investment law;
  • international dispute settlement systems; 
  • international trade law and policy;
  • law of the World Trade Organization;
  • public international law;
  • international energy governance and energy subsidies; and
  • U.S. trade remedy rules and procedures.

In light of her professional and academic experiences, Mona welcomes the opportunity to participate in the negotiation, technical assistance, policy analysis or litigation of matters arising under international investment or trade treaties.  She may be contacted at the above email address.

Research interests

Mona's research explores the following topics:

  • the historical development of international investment law and policy;
  • the politics and economics underlying international economic treaty design;
  • the relationship between international investment standards and various trade law standards;
  • the functions of international institutions focused on trade, economic and financial governance;
  • the formation and evidence of customary international law; and
  • modern law-making approaches, including 'collective decision-making' and informal law-making.

In addition to her doctoral work, Mona is interested in the following topics:

  • the historical analysis of international law, generally;
  • the regulation of international trade, with a particular interest in subsidies;
  • rules governing the conduct of transnational business; 
  • the on-going Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations and the Trans-Pacific Partnership;
  • the EU proposal for a multilateral investment court, as elaborated within the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Laws, Interpreting the General Motors ‘Radical Restructuring’ in Light of the Definition of a ‘Subsidy’ within the SCM Agreement., George Washington University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Bachelor of Laws, University of Detroit Mercy

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

Bachelor of Laws, University of Windsor

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

Bachelor of Arts, Major: History; Minor: English Literature , University of Western Ontario

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

External positions

Visiting Student Researcher, Stanford Law Sch, Stanford

1 Sept 201631 Aug 2017


  • K Law (General)
  • International Economic Law, International Public Law, Theory of International Law
  • International Law
  • International courts
  • International Investment Law
  • International Trade Law
  • WTO Law
  • KZ Law of Nations
  • KF United States Federal Law
  • F1001 Canada (General)
  • JF Political institutions (General)


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