Joanna Lam

Joanna Lam

Professor with special responsibilities

Joanna Lam is Professor mso at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts). She is also Director of the Study Hub for International Economic Law and Development (SHIELD) at the Faculty of Law, UoC; and Chair of the Nordic-Chinese Forum for International Economic Law. She specializes in international business law and arbitration. Her current research focuses on transparency in trade and investment disputes; court-like mechanisms in investment dispute resolution; hybrid processes (combining arbitration and mediation); and on the use of comparative analysis in arbitral decision-making.

Joanna Lam graduated from Harvard Law School and from University of Warsaw (summa cum laude). She holds doctoral and habilitation degrees in juridical sciences and is also attorney-at-law. She was a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Law School in 2004/05 and subsequently held visiting appointments at UNIDROIT (2006), Harvard Law School (2007), University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2008) and Renmin Law School, Beijing (2013). She is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law and a former International Collaborator to International Commercial Arbitration Practices: A Discourse Analytical Study.

She is an author and editor of a number of books, including the monograph “Legal Interpretation in International Commercial Arbitration” (as Joanna Jemielniak, Routledge 2014) and the volume "Establishing Judicial Authority in International Economic Law" (Cambridge University Press 2016; Joanna Jemielniak, Laura Nielsen and Henrik Palmer Olsen eds.). Her articles were published in, inter alia: Journal of International Arbitration, Leiden Journal of International Law, European Business Law Review, Oxford Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence and Uniform Law Review.

Primary fields of research

International Economic Law

International Arbitration

Legal Interpretation and Argumentation

Current research

transparency in trade and investment disputes

judicialization of investment dispute resolution

hybrid processes (arb-med, med-arb) in arbitration

comparative analysis in arbitration

Teaching

International Commercial Contracts

International Sales Law

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