Neha Mishra is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for International Law. She was awarded doctorate in law at the University of Melbourne (Australia). Neha’s doctoral thesis investigated how international trade agreements apply to government measures restricting cross-border digital data flows, and whether trade law can effectively align trade with internet policy objectives. She won the 2019 Harold Luntz Graduate Research Prize for the best thesis in Melbourne Law School and the 2020 University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis. In course of her doctoral candidature, Neha held visiting research positions at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg and the World Trade Organization (Geneva).
Neha previously practised law with Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London and Economic Laws Practice in Delhi. She also served as a lecturer at National Law School of India University (Bangalore), where she was teaching competition law and public international law. Neha has completed her undergraduate degree in law from National Law School Bangalore (India), LLM in Public International Law from London School of Economics (UK), and Master’s in Public Policy from National University of Singapore (Singapore). During her studies in Singapore, Neha interned with the Government Relations Teams at eBay Singapore and Microsoft Singapore, working on a wide variety of legal and policy issues related to internet and digital trade regulation. Neha has published extensively in the field of international trade law, especially in relation to digital trade and cross-border data flows, as well as presented her research at various international fora.
PhD (University of Melbourne), 2016-19 (Awarded: 2020).
Master in Public Policy (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Singapore), 2013-15.
LLM in Public International Law (London School of Economics and Political Science), 2010-11.
B.A. LLB. (Hons) (National Law School of India University, Bangalore), 2003-8.
Affiliate Fellow, Centre for Public Policy Research (India), 2020 – present
Lecturer, Winter School on Internet Governance in Brazil, convened by Universidad de San Andrés and Universidad Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, August 2019.
Expert Witness, Inquiry into the Trade System and the Digital Economy, Government of Australia, 23 August 2018.
Guest Lecturer in Digital Trade Law course in the Melbourne Law School Masters Programme, convened by Dr Joshua Meltzer, August 2018.
Digital Trade, International Economic Law, Law & Technology, Privacy, Cybersecurity Governance
- When International Trade Law Meets Data Ethics: A Brave New World, NYU Journal of International Law & Policy (Accepted, Vol 53:2, Forthcoming).
- The Trade -(Cyber)security Dilemma and its Impact on Global Cybersecurity Governance, 54(4) Journal of World Trade 567-590 (2020).
- Regulating Cross-Border Data Flows in a Data-Driven World: How WTO Law Can Contribute (with Andrew Mitchell),22(3) Journal of International Economic Law 389-416 (2019).
- Privacy, Cybersecurity and GATS Article XIV: A New Frontier for Trade and Internet Regulation?, World Trade Review (2019, Advanced Access).
- Building Bridges: International Trade Law, Internet Governance and the Regulation of Data Flows, 52 (2) Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 463-509 (2019).
- Data at the Docks: Modernising International Trade Law for the Digital Economy (with Andrew Mitchell), 20(4) Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law 1073- 1134(2018).
- The Role of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Internet Ecosystem, 20 (1) Journal of International Economic Law 31-60 (2017).
- Dear Prudence: Allowances under International Trade and Investment Law for Prudential Regulation in the Financial Services Sector (With Andrew Mitchell and Jennifer Hawkins), 19 (4) Journal of International Economic Law 787-820 (2016).
- Data Localization Laws in a Digital World: Data Protection or Data Protectionism? The Public Sphere (January 2016).
- Food Security through WTO Rules: Should the Policy Space be Expanded, The Public Sphere (January 2015).
- Registration of Non-traditional Trademarks, 13(1) Journal of Intellectual Property Rights 35-42 (2008).
- WTO Law and Cross-Border Data Flows: An Unfinished Agenda (with Andrew Mitchell) in Mira Burri (ed), Big Data and Global Trade Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
- Digital Trade Integration in Preferential Trade Agreements (with Andrew Mitchell), UNESCAP ARTNeT Working Paper Series, no. 191 (2020).
- International Trade, Internet Governance and the Shaping of the Digital Economy, UNESCAP ARTNeT Working Paper Series, No. 168 (2017).
- International Trade Law Perspectives on Paperless Trade and Inclusive Digital Trade (with Andrew Mitchell), UNESCAP ARTNeT Working Paper Series, No. 170 (2017).
- Future of Digital Trade Rules Consultation (with Andrew Mitchell), Public Consultation by the Department Foreign Affairs and Trade (Government of Australia), August 2020.
- Inquiry into the Trade System and the Digital Economy (with Andrew Mitchell), Public Consultation by the Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth (Government of Australia), March 2018
- Digital Trade in the Time of COVID-19, CIL Blog (10 May 2020).
- Cross-Border Data Flows in WTO Law: Moving Towards an Open, Secure and Privacy-Compliant Data Governance Framework, Spicy IP (27 April 2020)
- El Papel de los Acuerdos Comerciales en el Ecosistema de Internet: Un Estudio del CPTPP, Puentes Vol 9, Number 18 (November 2018).
- Modernising International Trade Law for the Digital Economy : Towards a Multidimensional and Multistakeholder Approach (with Andrew Mitchell), APEC Currents (November 2018).
- Panelist, UNESCAP Workshop on Asia-Pacific Regional Integration: Measuring, Monitoring and Improving Performance for Sustainable Development, 22-23 April 2020 (online) (Paper on “Digital Trade Integration in Preferential Trade Agreements”).
- Panelist, International Law and Security Interests Conference, University of Amsterdam, 14-15 November 2019 (Paper titled “Unravelling the Trade – Cybersecurity Dilemma: Justifying Cybersecurity Measures in International Trade Law”).
- Panelist, 6th Biennial Conference of the Asian International Economic Law Network , Taipei, 26-27 October 2019 (Paper tilted “Data Ethics and International Trade Law: Possibilities and Challenges”).
- Panelist, WTO Public Forum 2019 on “The Next Generation and Trust in the Internet: Best Practices for Addressing Cross-Border Legal Challenges”, 11 October 2019.
- Panelist, Internet Law Research Colloquium, University of Geneva, 21 June 2019 (Presentation titled “Cross-Border Data Flows and International Trade Law: Aligning Trade and Internet Policy Objectives”).
- Panelist, 8th PEPA SIEL Conference, King’s College London, 30-31 May 2019 (Paper titled “Justifying Cybersecurity Measures Under Security Exceptions in International Trade Law”).
- Panelist, Conference on Big Data and Global Trade Law, University of Lucerne, 14-15 November 2018 (Paper titled “Regulating Cross-Border Data Flows in a Data-Driven World”).
- Panelist, WTO Public Forum 2018 on Data Localization: Balancing Trade Disciplines and National Policy Objectives, 4 October 2018.
- Panelist, 26th Annual ANZSIL Conference, Wellington, 5-7 July 2018 (Presentation titled “From Cyber Sovereignty to Internet Openness: How International Trade Law Regulates Data Flows”).
- Panelist, 7th PEPA/SIEL Conference, European University Cyprus, 13-14 April 2018 (Paper titled “Privacy, Cybersecurity and GATS Article XIV: A New Frontier for Trade and Internet Regulation?”).
- Panelist, Workshop on Building a New Multistakeholder Model for Cross-Border Data Flows Governance: Identifying Best Practices and Achieving Impact, World Economic Forum, 25 September 2017.
- Panelist and Lead Organizer, Conference on Digital Trade in the Asia-Pacific: Identifying Challenges, Seeking Solutions, Singapore Management University, 6 December 2017 (Paper Entitled “Modernising International Trade Law for the Digital Economy”).
- Recipient of the University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, 2020.
- Recipient of the Harold Luntz Graduate Research Thesis Prize, 2019 (awarded to the best thesis in Melbourne Law School in 2019).
- Recipient of the John H Jackson Prize, 2017 (Shared with Andrew Mitchell and Jennifer Hawkins) (awarded annually to the article or other contribution in the Journal of International Economic Law that most significantly breaks new ground and adds new insights to the study and understanding of international economic law, especially in fields beyond a self-contained analysis of WTO law).
- Recipient of Australian Postgraduate Award and International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, 2016-19.
- Recipient of Melbourne Research Scholarship, 2015-16.
- Recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Kewalram Chanrai Award, 2013-15.