Dr Jonathan Bonnitcha

DPhil, University of Oxford

MPhil (Dist), University of Oxford

BCL (Dist), University of Oxford

LLB (Hons I), University of Sydney

BEc (Hons I and Medal), University of Sydney

Jonathan is a Senior Lecturer in Law. His primary area of research interest is international economic governance, with a particular interest in investment treaties. Much of his research is inter-disciplinary, drawing on perspectives from the disciplines of economics and political science.

Prior to joining UNSW Law Jonathan lived in Myanmar, where he worked as an advisor to the Myanmar Government on investment governance. For several years he also worked for the Australian Attorney General's Department, as a member of the team that successfully defended a multi-billion dollar challenge to Australia's tobacco plain packaging laws brought under an investment treaty. He has previously held academic positions as a Visiting Fellow at ANU's Crawford School of Public Policy and as ESRC Post-doctoral Fellow at the London School of Economics.

Jonathan holds the degrees of DPhil, MPhil and BCL from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar, and the degrees of LLB and BEc (Soc Sci) from the University of Sydney, where he graduated with the University Medal in Political Economy and the Convocation Medal.

Jonathan is working part-time in 2019 (0.6 FTE) and 2020 (0.7 FTE).


Bonnitcha J; Poulsen LNS; Waibel M, 2017, The Political Economy of the Investment Treaty Regime, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK

Bonnitcha J, 2014, Substantive protection under investment treaties: A legal and economic analysis, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107326361

Journal articles

Álvarez Zárate JM; Baltag C; Behn D; Bonnitcha J; De Luca A; Hestermeyer H; Langford M; Mistelis L; López Rodríguez C; Shaffer G; Weber S, 2020, 'Duration of Investor-State Dispute Settlement Proceedings', The Journal of World Investment & Trade, vol. 21, pp. 300 - 335, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/22119000-12340174

Bonnitcha J; Williams ZP, 2020, 'State liability for 'politically' motivated conduct in the investment treaty regime', Leiden Journal of International Law, vol. 33, pp. 77 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0922156519000566

Bonnitcha J, 2019, 'Investment Wars: Contestation and Confusion in Debate about Investment Liberalization', Journal of International Economic Law, vol. l22, pp. 629 - 654, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jiel/jgz040

Bonnitcha J, 2018, 'International Investment Law and the Global Financial Architecture. By CHRISTIAN TAMS, STEPHAN SCHILL, and RAINER HOFMANN (eds)', Journal of International Economic Law, vol. 21, pp. 455 - 459, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jiel/jgy025

Bonnitcha J, 2018, 'Review of Jorun Baumgartner, Treaty Shopping in International Investment Law', Modern Law Review, vol. 81, pp. 369 - 374, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12333

Bonnitcha J; McCorquodale R, 2017, 'The concept of 'due diligence' in the UN Guiding Principles on business and Human Rights', European Journal of International Law, vol. 28, pp. 899 - 919, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejil/chx042

Bonnitcha J, 2017, 'International Investment Arbitration in Myanmar: Bounded rationality, but not as we know it', Journal of World Investment and Trade, vol. 18, pp. 974 - 974

Bonnitcha J; McCorquodale R, 2017, 'The concept of 'due diligence' in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: A rejoinder to John Gerard Ruggie and John F. Sherman, III', European Journal of International Law, vol. 28, pp. 929 - 933, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejil/chx048

Bonnitcha J, 2016, 'Foreign Investment, Development and Governance: What international investment law can learn from the empirical literature on investment', Journal of International Dispute Settlement, vol. 7, pp. 31 - 54, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jnlids/idv030

Bonnitcha J, 2014, 'Investment Treaties and Transition from Authoritarian Rule', The Journal of World Investment & Trade, vol. 15, pp. 965 - 1011, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/22119000-01506009

Lindsay R; McCorquodale R; Blecher L; Bonnitcha J; Crockett A; Sheppard A, 2013, 'Human rights responsibilities in the oil and gas sector: Applying the UN guiding principles', Journal of World Energy Law and Business, vol. 6, pp. 2 - 66, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jwelb/jws033

Bonnitcha J, 2012, 'Review of Fair and Equitable Treatment: a Sequel (UNCTAD 2012)', Transnational Dispute Management

Book Chapters

Wordsworth S; Bonnitcha J, 2018, 'Investment Treaty Arbitration', in Foxton D; Joseph D (ed.), Singapore International Arbitration: Law & Practice, 2nd Edition, https://www.lexread.lexisnexis.com/product/singapore-international-arbitration-law-practice-2nd-ed

Bonnitcha J, 2017, 'The Principle of Good Governance in the Reasoning of Investor-State Arbitral Tribunals', in Cordonier Segger M-C; Weeramantry CG (ed.), Sustainable Development Principles in the Decisions of International Courts and Tribunals 1992-2012, Routledge, pp. 583 - 594, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315769639

Bonnitcha J, 2015, 'Democracy, development and compensation under investment treaties: The case of transition from authoritarian rule', in International Investment Law and Development: Bridging the Gap, pp. 285 - 308, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781784711351.00019

Poulsen L; Bonnitcha J; Yackee J, 2015, 'Transatlantic Investment Treaty Protection', in Rule-Makers or Rule-Takers? Exploring the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Rowman & Littlefield

Bonnitcha J, 2015, 'Democracy, Development and Compensation under Investment Treaties', in International Investment Law and Development Bridging the Gap, Edward Elgar Publishing

Wordsworth S; Bonnitcha J, 2014, 'Investment Treaty Arbitration in Singapore', in Singapore International Arbitration Law and Practice, Lexis Nexus

Bonnitcha J; Aisbett E, 2013, 'An economic analysis of the substantive protections provided by investment treaties', in Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy 2011-2012, Oxford University Press, pp. 681 - 704

Taillant D; Bonnitcha J, 2011, 'International Investment Law and Human Rights', in Sustainable Development in World Investment Law, Kluwer Law International

Khoday K; Bonnitcha J, 2011, 'Globalization and Inclusive Governance in China and India', in Sustainable Development in World Investment Law, Kluwer Law International

Bonnitcha J, 2011, 'Outline of a normative framework for evaluating interpretations of investment treaty protections', in Evolution in Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration, pp. 117 - 144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139043809.011


Bonnitcha J; Brewin S, 2019, Compensation under Investment Treaties, International Institute for Sustainable Development, https://iisd.org/sites/default/files/publications/compensation-treaties-best-practicies-en.pdf

Hestermeyer H; Álvarez Zarate JM; Baltag C; Behn D; Bonnitcha J; Langford M; de Luca A; Mistelis L; Shaffer G, 2019, Duration of ISDS Proceedings

Bonnitcha J, 2018, Is there a role for investment liberalisation provisions in investment treaties?

Bonnitcha J, 2017, Assessing the Impacts of Investment Treaties: Overview of the evidence, International Institute for Sustainable Development, http://www.iisd.org/library/assessing-impacts-investment-treaties-overview-evidence

Bonnitcha J, 2017, Investment Laws of ASEAN Countries: A comparative review, International Institute for Sustainable Development, http://www.iisd.org/library/investment-laws-asean-countries-comparative-review

Bonnitcha J, 2014, The Myanmar-Japan Bilateral Investment Treaty, International Institute for Sustainable Development, https://www.iisd.org/library/myanmar-japan-bilateral-investment-treaty

Bonnitcha J, 2014, Myanmar’s Investment Treaties: A review of legal issues in light of recent trends, International Institute for Sustainable Development, http://www.iisd.org/library/myanmar-investment-treaties-reviewlegal-issues-light-recent-trends

Poulsen L; Bonnitcha J; Yackee J, 2013, Costs and Benefits of an EU-China Investment Protection Treaty, UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/260370/bis-13-1283-costs-and-benefits-of-an-eu-china-investment-protection-treaty.pdf

Poulsen L; Bonnitcha J; Yackee J, 2013, Costs and Benefits of an EU-USA Investment Protection Treaty, UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/260380%20/bis-13-1284-costs-and-benefits-of-an-eu-usa-investment-protection-treaty.pdf

Poulsen L; Bonnitcha J; Yackee J, 2013, Analytical Framework for Assessing Costs and Benefits of Investment Protection Treaties, UK Department of BUsiness INnovation and Skills, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/analytical-framework-for-assessment-costs-and-benefits-of-investment-protection-treaties

Bonnitcha J; Aisbett E, 2010, Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Review of Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements

2012-2013 Economic and Social Research Council (UK) Post-doctoral Fellowship (£80,000)

Investment treaties; investment arbitration; investor-state dispute settlement

Bonnitcha J; Williams Z, 2019, Politically Motivated Conduct in Investment Treaty Arbitration, https://www.iisd.org/itn/2019/04/23/politically-motivated-conduct-in-investment-treaty-arbitration-jonathan-bonnitcha-zoe-williams/

Bonnitcha J, 2015, Political Change vs. Legal Stability, https://www.iisd.org/itn/2015/02/17/political-change-vs-legal-stability-problems-arising-from-the-application-of-investment-treaties-in-transitions-from-authoritarian-rule/

Bonnitcha J, 2012, The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: the implications for enterprises and their lawyers, https://poseidon01.ssrn.com/delivery.php?ID=272102114078118020111013019117085105123053024093062045123072089065101085111000084100034017099032020059038031119112069075066067029027003086049107103003097029091089113060062063118069085028069083025095022066025007125012006021077102091072068093066106019005&EXT=pdf

Bonnitcha J, 2011, The problem of moral hazard and its implications for the protection of “legitimate expectations” under the fair and equitable treatment standard, https://www.iisd.org/itn/2011/04/07/the-problem-of-moral-hazard/

Teaching Activity

International Investment Law and Policy (LAWS3070)

International Investment Law (LAWS8079/JURD7479)

Law in the Global Context (LAWS2270/JURD7270)

Principles of International Law (LAWS8180)