Taylor St John

About/Bio

Taylor St John is a Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews, and a Senior Research Associate at the Global Economic Governance Programme, University of Oxford. Her monograph, The Rise of Investor-State Arbitration: Politics, Law, and Unintended Consequences, was published in 2018. She was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at PluriCourts, University of Oslo. Taylor attends UNCITRAL as an observer from iCourts, University of Copenhagen

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UNCITRAL and ISDS Reform (Online): Crossing the Chasm

To text or not to text? That is the question. Or, rather, that was the question at UNCITRAL when Working Group III resumed its deliberations online last week. The Working Group’s focus was structural reforms, first selection and appointment of permanent or fixed-term adjudicators, then an appellate mechanism. As readers of this series know well, states hold different…

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UNCITRAL and ISDS Reform (Online): Can You Hear Me Now?

‘Can you hear me now?’ is a question that the delegates of Working Group III asked each other often last week, as negotiations on ISDS reform continued but were, for the first time, online. Moving online means that negotiators are also facing many other new questions. How do you keep momentum going? Does moving online mean more governments and…

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UNCITRAL and ISDS Reform: Plausible Folk Theories

  As observers of the UNCITRAL process, we watch the debates with great interest, writing about the emergence of different camps, giving perspectives on how the process fits within broader geopolitical developments, and offering potential models for moving forward. One thing that we are often struck by is how some of the field’s underlying narratives are…

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