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Room: G6c, St Michael's Court

B.A., LL.B. (Auck), LL.M. (NYU), Ph.D. (Syd)
Lecturer in International Law

CV / Biography

Dr Kate Miles is a Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.  Prior to her appointment at Caius, she was a Senior Lecturer in International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, specialising in international investment law and international environmental law.  She is the author of a monograph published in 2013 (paperback edition published in 2015) in the Cambridge University Press series, Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law, entitled: The Origins of International Investment Law: Empire, Environment and the Safeguarding of Capital.  Dr Miles is a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, a Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), and a Research Fellow with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), Montreal, Canada.

Dr Miles has served on the International Law Association’s Study Group on the Role of Soft Law Instruments in International Investment Law and coordinated the international investment law network for the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL).  She served as the Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, University of Sydney, and acted as a consultant to APEC, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) on matters related to investor-state arbitration and climate change.    

As an undergraduate in law at the University of Auckland, she was the recipient of the Stout Shield for Mooting, the Geoffrey Powell Prize, and the Gary Davies Medal.  She was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award to pursue her doctorate at the University of Sydney on the interrelationship between international investment law and principles of environmental protection. She also practiced for several years in the litigation departments of leading commercial law firms in Auckland and Sydney, including at Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters).

Publications

 

Books

"The Origins of International Investment Law: Empire, Environment and the Safeguarding of Capital" (Cambridge University Press)

Published:
Oct 2013
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

"Evolution in Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration (ed)" (Cambridge University Press)

Co-Author/s:
Chester Brown
Published:
Nov 2011
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

Articles

"International Investment Law and Universality: Histories of Shape-Shifting" (2014) 3 Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law 986

Citation:
(2014) 3 Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law 986
Published:
Feb 2014

"Investing in Adaptation: Mobilising Private Finance for Adaptation in Developing States" (2011) 2 Carbon and Climate Law Review 190

Citation:
(2011) 2 Carbon and Climate Law Review 190
Published:
Oct 2011

"Arbitrating Climate Change: Regulatory Regimes and Investor-State Disputes" (2010) 1 Climate Law 63

Citation:
(2010) 1 Climate Law 63
Published:
Oct 2010

"International Investment Law: Origins, Imperialism and Conceptualising the Environment" (2010) 21 Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law 1

Citation:
(2010) 21 Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law 1
Published:
Aug 2010

"Transforming Foreign Investment: Globalisation, the Environment and a Climate of Controversy" (2007) 7 Macquarie Law Journal 81

Citation:
(2007) 7 Macquarie Law Journal 81
Published:
Oct 2007

"Innovative Financing: Filling in the Gaps on the Road to Sustainable Environmental Funding" (2005) 14 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 202

Citation:
(2005) 14 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 202
Published:
Oct 2005

Book Chapters

"Climate Change: Trading, Investing and the Interaction of Law, Science and Technology" in Bryan Mercurio and Kuei-Jung Ni (ed),, Science and Technology in International Economic Law: Balancing Competing Interests (Routledge)

Publisher:
Routledge
Published Date:
Jan 2014
Co-Author/s:
Bryan Mercurio and Kuei-Jung Ni (ed),

"Soft Law Instruments in Environmental Law: Models for International Investment Law?" in Andrea K Bjorklund and August Reinisch (ed),, International Investment Law and Soft Law (Edward Elgar)

Publisher:
Edward Elgar
Published Date:
Oct 2012
Co-Author/s:
Andrea K Bjorklund and August Reinisch (ed),

"Sustainable Development, National Treatment and Like Circumstances in Investment Law" in Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Andrew Newcombe and Markus Gehring (ed),, Sustainable Development in World Investment Law (Kluwer)

Publisher:
Kluwer
Published Date:
Oct 2011
Co-Author/s:
Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Andrew Newcombe and Markus Gehring (ed),

"Reconceptualising International Investment Law: Bringing the Public Interest into Private Business" in Meredith Kolsky-Lewis and Susy Frankel (ed),, International Economic Law and National Autonomy (Cambridge University Press)

Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Published Date:
Oct 2010
Co-Author/s:
Meredith Kolsky-Lewis and Susy Frankel (ed),

"Blue Oil: Water Resources, Social Justice and the International Law on Foreign Investment" in Natalie Klein et al (ed), Globalisation and International Law: The Quest for Social and Environmental Justice (Routledge)

Publisher:
Routledge
Published Date:
Aug 2010
Co-Author/s:
Natalie Klein et al (ed)

"Targeting Financiers: Can Voluntary Codes of Conduct for the Investment and Financing Sectors Achieve Environmental and Sustainability Objectives?" in Kurt Deketelaere et al (ed), Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation (Oxford University Press)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Published Date:
Oct 2008
Co-Author/s:
Kurt Deketelaere et al (ed)

Reports

Transparency: UNCTAD Series on Issues in International Investment Agreements II

Published:
Dec 2012
Body / Institution:
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development