Professor Andrew Lang

Professor Andrew Lang

Professor of Law

Department of Law

Room No
New Academic Building 6.19

About me

Andrew Lang is a Professor of Law, teaching Public International Law, with a specialty in International Economic Law. He has a combined BA/LLB from the University of Sydney, and his PhD is from the University of Cambridge. From 2004-6, Prof Lang was a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. In 2012-13, he was awarded a British Academy mid-Career Fellowship.

He is a co-founder, with Colin Picker, of the Society of International Economic Law. He sits on the Editorial Committee of the Modern Law Review, the Editorial Boards of the London Review of International Law and the Journal of International Economic, and has been a Book Review Editor for the International and Comparative Law Quarterly.

Professor Lang has taught on Harvard's Institute for Global Law and Policy, the University Melbourne LLM program, the World Trade Institute's Masters of International Law and Economics (MILE) program, the University of Barcelona's IELPO course, as well as the IIEM Academy of International Trade Law in Macau.

He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Visiting Faculty at the University of Michigan, and an International Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.

Professor Lang has recently consulted for the European Parliament, writing two reports on the treatment of financial services in EU free trade agreements, and in the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). He has also worked as part of a team conducting a Sustainability Impact Assessment for two prospective FTAs between the EU and partner countries.

His current research thematically focussed on a number of themes around global economic governance, including the relationship between law and expert knowledge, theoretical international law and economics, and sociological approaches to the study of international economic law. He is co-authoring a commentary on the WTO’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, and has ongoing projects relating to the treatment of subsidies in WTO law, the WTO implications of Brexit, and the SPS agreement. 

Administrative support: Karen Williams

Research interests

Current research interests include: sociological and constructivist approaches to the study of international organisations (focussing on the WTO); the design of global governance institutions in conditions of pervasive uncertainty; the interaction between international trade law and other sub-fields of international law (particularly human rights law); the General Agreement on Trade in Services; and the impact of WTO legal obligations on domestic regulatory decision-making processes.

External activities

  • Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the Society of International Economic Law
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Economic Law
  • Book Review Editor for the International and Comparative Law Quarterly
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of the Modern Law Review
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Law and Development Review
  • Member of the Faculty of the World Trade Institute's Masters of International Law and Economics
  • Member of the Faculty of the University of Barcelona's IELPO program




World Trade Law after Neoliberalism : Reimagining the Global Economic Order (Oxford University Press, 2011)

The rise of economic liberalism in the latter stages of the 20th century coincided with a fundamental transformation of international economic governance, especially through the law of the World Trade Organization. In this book, Andrew Lang provides a new account of this transformation, and considers its enduring implications for international law. Against the commonly-held idea that 'neoliberal' policy prescriptions were encoded into WTO law, Lang argues that the last decades of the 20th century saw a reinvention of the international trade regime, and a reconstitution of its internal structures of knowledge. In addition, the book explores the way that resistance to economic liberalism was expressed and articulated over the same period in other areas of international law, most prominently international human rights law. It considers the promise and limitations of this form of 'inter-regime' contestation, arguing that measures to ensure greater collaboration and cooperation between regimes may fail in their objectives if they are not accompanied by a simultaneous destabilization of each regime's structures of knowledge and characteristic features. With that in mind, the book contributes to a full and productive contestation of the nature and purpose of global economic governance.

(2014) 23(3) Social and Legal Studies 403-456 
(2013) 26(4) Leiden Journal of International Law 1055-1059
(2013) 4(2) Transnational Legal Theory 305-311
(2012) 15(2) Journal of International Economic Law 701-707
(2012) 55 German Yearbook of International Law 716-718
(2012) 50 Canadian Yearbook of International Law 654-665
(2012) 9(2) Manchester Journal of International Economic Law 226-228
(2012) 23 European Journal of International Law 887-906
(2011) 21 Italian Yearbook of International Law

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