- Colin B. Picker
Colin B. Picker
Associate Dean (International), Professor
A.B. (Bowdoin College), J.D. (Yale), PhD (UNSW)
Professor Picker is the Associate Dean (International) and a founder and the Director of the China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Initiative.
Colin has been in the forefront of creating and running many academic ventures and projects - within his faculty and university as well globally - both for his field of international economic law (IEL) and comparative law, but also for the improvement of legal education. Most recently Colin has been involved in the creation and launch of the CIBEL Initiative, a multi-million dollar university funded project that has lead to UNSW Law having the largest number of international economic law (IEL) academics in a law faculty in the world and the largest number of China IEL focused academics within one law faculty outside China. He is also one of the founders of the New Silk Road Law School Alliance (NSRLSA) and is the forthcoming Chair (2016-17). Another recent venture has been his leadership in the launch of the Global Working Group on International Students and Law Schools. Similarly has been his appointment as chair to found and run a UNSW university-wide working group on student international mobility. Most "grandly", however, was his role as one of the primary founders of the Society of International Economic Law, the global academic organization for international economic law (he was then the founding Executive Vice President (2008-2014)). He was also active in the International Economic Law Group of the American Society of International Law (Chair 2005-2007), and in the American Society of Comparative Law (a former member of the Executive Council and founder and former Chair of the Young Comparatists Committee).
He has published widely in the areas of International Trade/IEL, International Law, China and IEL, and in Comparative Law. He has published in many journals and academic presses 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) and was an editor of CHINA IN THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORDER: NEW DIRECTIONS AND CHANGING PARADIGMS ( co-editor with Lisa Toohey & Jonathan Greenacre) (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015) .
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. He has delivered more than 60 major papers, key notes, lectures and speeches (and in every continent except Antarctica), as well as having participated in dozens of workshops at many of the leading universities around the world.
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 (before the Exon Valdez ended his fishing) and as a volunteer teacher in an orphanage in the forests in the far north of Russia (Komi) in the days before the fall of the 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)
- Law in the Global Context (LAWS2270)