Adjunct Assistant Professor

PhD summa cum laude with congratulations of the committee(Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva) DEA (Graduate Institute/University of Geneva) LLB magna cum laude (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Law, NUS
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Office Address

Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore
469A Bukit Timah Road, Tower Block, #09-01
Singapore 259770
Research Interests

International Investment Law
Global Governance, International Institutions
International Rule-Making, International Standardization
Non-State Actors in International Law
Good Global Governance
Global Health Law

Subjects Taught

International Investment Law Clinic

Brief Biodata

Dr. Ayelet Berman is adjunct assistant professor at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Law (CIL), where she is a member of the Investment Law and Policy Programme. Before joining CIL, she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Dr Berman's research is interdisciplinary, bridging law, international relations, and public policy. She currently runs two research projects, on which she collaborates with colleagues: The 'Investment Treaties and National Governance' project examines the effects of investment treaties on national governance in Asian countries. The 'Rethinking Stakeholder Participation in International Governance' examines the participation of non-state actors, developing, and emerging countries in international rule-making. Previously, she was the principal academic coordinator of the 'Informal International Law-Making' project, which examined the shift from formal to informal international law.

She is a member of the academic friends of the OECD Partnership for Effective International Rule-Making by International Organisations.

Prior to entering academia, Dr Berman practised law in the field of World Trade Organization (WTO) litigation at Sidley Austin (Geneva). She also practiced law at Herzog, Fox & Neeman (Tel Aviv). Ayelet was a teaching assistant in the fields of administrative law and constitutional law at the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a research assistant to Justice Miryam Ben-Porat (ret.) of the Israeli Supreme Court. She was admitted to the Israeli bar in 2001.

Ayelet holds an LLB (magna cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a DEA in International Law (Graduate Institute/University of Geneva), and a PhD in International Law (summa cum laude 'with congratulations of the committee') (Graduate Institute). Her PhD dissertation 'Reining in the Regulators: Transnational Regulatory Networks and Accountability' was awarded the 2015 SNIS Award for Best PhD in International Studies, which honours the best PhD thesis received in a Swiss university on a subject related to International Studies (from all academic disciplines).

Representative Publications

1. Rethink Stakeholder Particpation in International Governance (w. Joost Pauwelyn, Tim Buthe and Martino Maggetti) forthcoming with OUP.

2. 'Industry, Capture and Transnational Standard-Setting' in 111 American Journal of International Law (AJIL) Unbound (2017):112-118

3. 'Taking Foreign Interests into Account: Rulemaking in the U.S. and EU' in 15 (1) International Journal of Constitutional Law (2017): 235-256

4. "Emergency Action by the WTO Director General: Global Administrative Law and the WTO's Initial Response to the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis", International Organizations Law Review Vol. 6, no.2 (2009): 499-512 (with Joost Pauwelyn)

Publication List