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In Conversation with Diane Desierto

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Diane A Desierto is a Professor of Law and LLM Faculty Director at the University of Notre Dame with a joint appointment at the Keough School of Global Affairs. Diane teaches, publishes, and practices in the areas of international law and human rights, international economic law and development, international arbitration, maritime security, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Law, and comparative public law.

She is a Member of the Expert Group of the UN Working Group on the Right to Development and a Resource Expert for ASEAN. Diane has vast experience and is active as an international counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the UN Human Rights Committee and the Philippine Supreme Court and Southeast Asian agencies among others. She also serves on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of the European Journal of International Law (and Editor of its leading international law blog EJIL:Talk!), Journal of World Investment and Trade, International Law Studies, and various Asian international law journals. Diane authored and edited several books, the latest being ASEAN Law and Regional Integration: Governance and the Rule of Law in Southeast Asia's Single Market (with D. Cohen, Routledge, 2020).

Diane serves as a member of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration Academic Council, the UNCITRAL Academic Forum on Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform, the 2019 Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration drafting team, Co-Chair of the Oxford Investment Claims Summer Academy. She has been repeatedly recognised by Who's Who Legal as one of the Future Leaders in Arbitration.

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