Dr Ayelet Berman
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Ayelet Berman is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Law (CIL), where she is a member of the Investment Law and Policy Programme. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NUS Faculty of Law, where she is co-running a TradeLab international investment law clinic. Before joining CIL, she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She also taught law and global governance at the NUS law faculty.
Dr Berman’s research is interdisciplinary, bridging law, international relations, and public policy. She currently runs two research projects, on which she collaborates with colleagues: The ‘Investment Treaties and National Governance’ project examines the effects of investment treaties on national governance in Asian countries. The ‘Rethinking Stakeholder Participation in International Governance’ examines the participation of non-state actors, developing, and emerging countries in international rule-making. Previously, she was the principal academic coordinator of the ‘Informal International Law-Making’ project, which examined the shift from formal to informal international law.
She is a member of the academic friends of the OECD Partnership for Effective International Rule-Making by International Organisations.
She’s been a Visiting Professor at the University of Lausanne.
Prior to entering academia, Dr Berman practised law in the field of World Trade Organization (WTO) litigation at Sidley Austin (Geneva). She also practiced law at Herzog, Fox & Neeman (Tel Aviv). Ayelet was a teaching assistant in the fields of administrative law and constitutional law at the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a research assistant to Justice Miryam Ben-Porat (ret.) of the Israeli Supreme Court. She was admitted to the Israeli bar in 2001.
Ayelet holds an LLB (magna cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a DEA in International Law (Graduate Institute/University of Geneva), and a PhD in International Law (summa cum laude ‘with congratulations of the committee’) (Graduate Institute). Her PhD dissertation ‘Reining in the Regulators: Transnational Regulatory Networks and Accountability’ was awarded the 2015 SNIS Award for Best PhD in International Studies, which honours the best PhD thesis received in a Swiss university on a subject related to International Studies (from all academic disciplines).
- International Investment Law
- Global Governance, International Institutions
- International Rule-Making, International Standardization
- Non-State Actors in International Law
- Good Global Governance
- WTO Law
- Global Health Law
- Domestic Implementation of International Law
- ‘The Rise of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships‘ in Proceedings of the ASIL Annual Meeting 2017
- ‘Industry, Capture and Transnational Standard-Setting’ in 111 American Journal of International Law (AJIL) Unbound (2017):112-118
- ‘Taking Foreign Interests into Account: Rulemaking in the U.S. and EU’ in 15 (1) International Journal of Constitutional Law (2017): 235-256
- ‘Emergency Action by the WTO Director General: Global Administrative Law and the WTO’s Initial Response to the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis’ , 6 (2) International Organizations Law Review (2009): 499-512 (with Joost Pauwelyn)