- Colin Picker
Associate Dean (International), Professor
A.B. (Bowdoin College), J.D. (Yale), PhD (UNSW)
Colin is the Associate Dean (International) and a founder and the Director of the China International Business and Economic Law Initiative (shortly to become a "Centre").
Most recently Colin has been involved in the creation and launch, as Director, of the new China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Initiative, a university funded project that has lead to UNSW having the largest number of IEL and of China IEL focused academics outside China.
He has published widely in the areas of International Trade/International Economic Law (IEL), International Law, China and IEL, and in Comparative Law. He has published in many journals, in America, Europe and Asia. Among other books, he is also a co-author of COMPARATIVE LEGAL TRADITIONS: TEXTS, MATERIALS AND CASES ON WESTERN LAW, 4th Edition (Thomson West) (2014) (with Mary Ann Glendon and Paolo Carozza).
He was one of the founders and was founding Executive Vice President (2008-2014) of the Society of International Economic Law, a global academic organization for international economic law. He has also been active in the International Economic Law Group of the American Society of International Law (Co-Chair 2005-2007), and in the American Society of Comparative Law (a former member of the Executive Council and former Chair of the Young Comparatists Committee).
In furtherance of his work on comparative legal education, he has visited and taught at law schools around the world, including, among many others, in the United States, Russia, China, Israel, and Vietnam. Currently his primary research interests are the role of legal culture in international economic law, Chinese legal culture and history, and also comparative legal education.
Many of Colin's papers and book chapters can be downloaded at SSRN (see http://ssrn.com/author=386588).
Prior to becoming an academic in 2000, Colin practiced law in the International Group of the Washington, D.C., law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. His practice included transnational & trade litigation, international transactions and international congressional policy work. Prior to practice in Washington, he clerked for the Honourable José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Colin is, however, as proud of his time as a commercial fisherman in Alaska in the 1980s and as a volunteer teacher in an orphanage in the far north of the former Soviet Union
Areas of expertise
Comparative Legal Education, Transnational Litigation and Arbitration, International Trade Litigation and Policy, General Comparative Law, Conflicts of Laws, U.S. Regulation of International Business, and U.S. Constitutional Structure.
PhD Thesis: "“The Value of Comparative and Legal Cultural Analyses of International Economic Law”
A Founder and next-immediate Chair, New Silk Road Law Schools Alliance (2016 on)
Executive Vice-President & Member of the Executive Council of the Society of International Economic Law (2008-2014t)
Member, Executive Council, American Society of Comparative Law (2009-2011)
Australian Law Journal, Overseas Section Editor (2013-present)
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Teaching and Research of WTO Disputes, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Chongqing, China (2013-2016)
Senior Fellow, Law & Development Institute (2010-present)
Member Editorial Board, Law & Development Review (2011-present)
Member of the Maryland Bar (1997, inactive status)
Member of the Bar of the U.S. Court of International Trade (1998-present)
Co-Chair of the Advisory Board, Int'l Economic Law Group of the American Society of International Law (2008-2011)
Co-Chair, Int'l Economic Law Group of the American Society of International Law (2005-2007)
Peter Blanchard "Public-private partnerships in response to violations of rights and obligations under the WTO agreements: comparing Australia to the USA"
Huiqin Jiang "The Foreign Investment Review System in Australia: Its Approach to Foreign Investments from Chinese State-Owned Enterprises in Comparison to Similar Investors from Other Countries"
Hoang Ncoc Thuan "Antidumping Regulations and System in Vietnam – Comparative Analyses with the United States and India"
Sophie Burbridge "The Regulation of Stored Value Financial Products: A Comparative Analysis of Approaches in Australia, Hong Kong and the U.S."
Simon Lacey, "International Economic Law and Development Policies: Indonesian and Chinese Approaches"
LP150100269 (ARC Linkage), CI (along with Prof. Ross Buckley) "Regulating a Revolution: A New Regulatory Model for Digital Finance" ($547,852.00 from ARC, $525,000 from the United Nations Capital Development Fund).
- An Introduction to the American Legal System (Berkeley) (LAWS3087)
- International Trade Law: The Law and Policy of the WTO (LAWS3084)