Professor Colin B. Picker
Position: Professor and Dean of Law
Qualifications: PhD (UNSW); JD (Yale); AB (Bowdoin)
Phone: +64 4239 2227
Professor Picker joined the University of Wollongong in 2017. Prior to that from 2010-2017 he was at UNSW Law, serving in many capacities including as Associate Dean (International); Director (and founder) of the China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Initiative (a multi-million dollar university funded project to research and teach on IEL related to China and to the China/Australia relationship); and Director of the IBEL Stream of the LLM. Prior to joining UNSW, he was the Daniel L. Brenner/UMKC Scholar & Professor of Law at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law. He entered academia in 2000, after practicing in the Washington, D.C., law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. His practice included transnational & trade litigation, international transactions and international congressional policy work.
Professor Picker was a founder of the Society of International Economic Law (the SIEL), the only global academic organization for international economic law. He served as founding executive vice president (the actual leader) of the organization from its founding in 2007 to 2014. During and even since that time, he helped lead the creation of numerous regional networks for the field, including the Asian IEL Network, RED Latin America, the African IEL Network, and most recently the South Asia IEL Network. Professor Picker has likewise served as a leader in his other research field of comparative law. In addition to being a co-author of one of the main textbooks for the field, he was responsible for the creation of the Younger Comparatists Committee (“YCC”) – now the primary global body working with new and young law comparatists. The YCC annual conference is the world’s preeminent conference for those scholars.
Professor Picker has also published widely in the areas of IEL, International Law, China and IEL, and Comparative Law. His numerous publications have appeared in leading publishers and journals around the world, including in the Yale Journal of International Law, many Oxford and Cambridge University Press books and so on. He has taught and presented his work on every inhabited continent.
Research Interests & Current Projects:
- Legal Culture and its intersection with International Economic Law
- International Courts/Dispute Resolution Bodies in Comparative Perspective
- Australia’s International Trade Commitments (the ChAFTA, TPP, etc.)
- Comparative Legal Education.
Potential topics for HDR & Honours Supervision:
- International Economic Law (especially trade and/or investment)
- Comparative Law
- Legal Education.
Recent Competitive Research Funding:
- Australian Research Council - Linkage Grant, Chief Investigator (along with Prof. Ross Buckley), "Regulating a Revolution: A New Regulatory Model for Digital Finance" (LP150100269) ($547,852.00 from ARC, $525,000 from the United Nations Capital Development Fund) (2016-2019)
- UNSW Strategic Educational Development Grant, (2015-2016), Project Leader (along with Professor Alex Steel, et al), “Aligning learning, assessment and technology: trialing use of computers by students to complete examinations” ($136,000)
- University of New South Wales/SJTU-UNSW Collaborative Research Fund - Seed Grant (2015-16), “The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Implications for Australian Services Suppliers and China’s Services Sectors” (with Weihuan Zhou et al) ($10,000)
- UNSW International Contestable Funding (2013-14), “Capacity Building in Vietnamese Legal Education” (with Lisa Toohey) ($28,000);
- UNSW Law Faculty Workshop Support (2012) “Ten Years After: An Assessment of China’s Post-WTO Accession Role in the International Economic Legal Order” (with Lisa Toohey) ($10,000).
Recent (2010-onwards) Professional memberships/affiliations:
- Maryland Bar, Member (1997-present) (inactive status)
- Bar of the U.S. Court of International Trade, Member (1999-present)
- Global Working Group on International Students and Law Schools, Chair (2016-present)
- Society of International Economic Law
Member, Executive Council (2008-present)
Executive Vice-President (2008-14)
Director (2007- present)
Co-Chair, Founding Committee (2006-08)
- Australia Research Council, Reviewer (2016-present)
- Swiss National Science Foundation, Reviewer (2015-present);
- Asia WTO Research Network, Member (by invitation only) (2013-present)
- New Silk Road Law School Alliance, Chair (2016-17)
- Australian Law Journal, Overseas Section Editor (2013-17)
- Center for Teaching/Research of WTO Disputes, SWUPL, China, Senior Research Fellow (2013-16)
- Law & Development Review, Member Board of Editors (2011-14)
- Law & Development Institute, Senior Fellow (2010-14)
- American Journal of Comparative Law, Member Board of Editors (2002-11)
- American Society of International Law
Co-Chair, Int’l Economic Law Group Advisory Board (2008-11)
Co-Chair, Int’l Economic Law Group (2005-07)
- American Society of Comparative Law
Member, Executive Council (2009-11)
Chair & Founder, Younger Comparatists Committee (2004-10).
Recent Publications (from 2010 onwards, a fuller list will be provided shortly:
- THE CHINA AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT: A 21ST-CENTURY MODEL (Oxford: Hart Publishing) (co-editor with Heng Wang & Weihuan Zhou) (in press, forthcoming 2017)
- THE DYNAMISM OF CIVIL PROCEDURE: GLOBAL TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS (Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice series) (co-editor with Guy Seidman) (2016)
- COMPARATIVE LEGAL TRADITIONS: IN A NUTSHELL, 4TH (Thomson West Publishing ) (with Mary Ann Glendon & Paolo G. Carozza) (2016).
- CHINA IN THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORDER: NEW DIRECTIONS AND CHANGING PARADIGMS (co-editor with Lisa Toohey & Jonathan Greenacre) (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015)
- COMPARATIVE LEGAL TRADITIONS: TEXTS, MATERIALS AND CASES ON WESTERN LAW, 4th Edition (Thomson West Publishing) (with Mary Ann Glendon & Paolo G. Carozza) (2014)
- COMPARATIVE LAW & INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: COOPERATION, COMPETITION AND CONNECTIONS) (PUBL. OF SWISS INSTIT. COMP. L) (2014) (Colin B. Picker, Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler & Daria Solenik, eds.))
- The China Australia Free Trade Agreement: A Twenty-First Century Asia Pacific Agreement in THE CHINA AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT: A 21ST-CENTURY MODEL (Oxford: Hart Publishing) (COLIN B. PICKER, Heng Wang & Weihuan Zhou, eds.) (in press, forthcoming 2017)
- The Coherent Fragmentation of International Economic Law: Lessons from the Transpacific Partnership Agreement, in THE PARADIGM SHIFT IN THE RULE-MAKING OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW TPP AS A NEW MODEL FOR TRADE AGREEMENTS? (Springer) (Julien Chaisse, Henry Gao, & Chang-fa Lo, eds.) (forthcoming/in press 2017)
- Comparative Perspectives on Teaching Foreign Students in Law: Pedagogical, Substantive, Logistical and Conceptual Challenges (with Alex Steel, Lucas Lixinski and Dominic Fitzsimmons) 26(1) Legal Education Review 161-185 (2017)
- Comparative Law as an Engine of Change for Civil Procedure in THE DYNAMISM OF CIVIL PROCEDURE: GLOBAL TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS (Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law & Justice series) (co-editor with Guy Seidman) (2016), pages 45-59
- The Role of Legal Culture in an Increasingly Heterogeneous WTO (with Lisa Toohey) in International Economic Law: The Asia-Pacific Perspectives (Won Mog Choi, ed.) (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015), pages 2-21
- Introduction: Changing Paradigms and New Directions (with Lisa Toohey) in CHINA IN THE NEW INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORDER: NEW DIRECTIONS AND CHANGING PARADIGMS (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015) (Lisa Toohey, Colin B. Picker & Jonathan Greenacre, eds.) (2015), pages 1-8
- “China’s Legal Cultural Relationship to IEL: Multiple and Conflicting Paradigms” in CHINA IN THE NEW INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORDER: NEW DIRECTIONS AND CHANGING PARADIGMS (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015) (Lisa Toohey, Colin Picker & Jonathan Greenacre, eds.) (2015), pages 62-76.
- Comparative Legal Cultural Analyses of International Economic Law: Insights, Lessons and Approaches, 6 Indian J. Int’l Econ. L. 54-83 (2014)
- An Introduction to Comparative Analyses of International Organizations in COMPARATIVE LAW & INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: COOPERATION, COMPETITION AND CONNECTIONS) (PUBL. OF SWISS INSTIT. COMP. L) (2014) (Colin B. Picker, Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler & Daria Solenik, eds.)) pages 11-38
- Comparative Legal Cultural Analyses of International Economic Law: A New Methodological Approach, 1 Chinese J. Comp. L. 21-48 (2013)
- International Investment Law: Some Legal Cultural Insights in REGIONALISM IN INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT LAW (Leon E. Trakman & Nicola W. Ranieri, eds.) (Oxford Univ. Press) (2013), pp 27-58
- Anti-Poverty v. The International Economic Legal Order? A Legal Cultural Critique in POVERTY AND THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LEGAL SYSTEM. DUTIES TO THE WORLD'S POOR (Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer, ed.) (Cambridge University Press) (2013), pp 16-36
- Microtrade: A Legal Culture Impact Analysis in MICROTRADE: A NEW SYSTEM OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE WITH VOLUNTEERISM TOWARDS POVERTY ELIMINATION (Yong-Shik Lee, ed.) (Routledge, 2013)
- Legal Culture and Trade Disputes: Vietnam’s Increasing Capacity to Engage with the WTO, 2012 Jurisprudence Journal 105-111 (with Lisa Toohey) (2012).
- Comparative Civil Procedure: Opportunities and Pitfalls, in THE FUTURE OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION (Michael Legg, ed.) (Lexis Publ.) (2012) pp 247-256
- A Legal Cultural Analysis of Microtrade, 5 Law & Development Review, No. 1, 101-128 (2012)
- WTO Governance: A Legal Cultural Critique in GOVERNANCE IN CONTEMPORARY JAPAN (PUBL. OF UNIV. TOKYO INSTIT. SOC. SCI.) (Kenji Hirashima, ed.) (2011)
- International Trade and Development Law: A Legal Cultural Critique, 4 LAW & DEVELOPMENT REVIEW NO 2: 4 (2011)
- China, Global Governance & Legal Culture: The Example of China & the WTO, Part 1 of 4 in CHINA AND GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE: IDEAS AND CONCEPTS (PUBL. OF UNIV. TOKYO INSTIT. SOC. SCI.) (Junji Nakagaw, ed.) (2011)
- Comparative Law Methodology & American Legal Culture: Obstacles And Opportunities, 16 ROGER WILLIAMS UNIV L. REV 86-99 (2011)
- Islands of Prosperity and Poverty: A Rational Trade Development Policy for Economically Heterogeneous States, in LAW AND DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVE ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW (Yong-Shik Lee, Won-Mog Choi, Tomer Broude & Gary Horlick, eds.) (Cambridge Univ. Press) (2011).
- A Framework for Comparative Analyses of International Law and its Institutions: Using the Example of the World Trade Organization; COMPARATIVE LAW AND HYBRID LEGAL SYSTEMS (Eleanor Cashin Ritaine, Seán Patrick Donlan & Martin Sychold, eds.)) (PUBL. OF SWISS INSTIT. COMP. L) (2010).
- Beyond the Usual Suspects: Applications of the Mixed Jurisdiction Methodology to Public International and International Economic Law, appearing in MIXED LEGAL SYSTEMS AT NEW FRONTIERS, (Esin Örücü, ed.) (2010), part of JCL STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE LAW (Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing).