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Professor Surya P. Subedi, QC, OBE, DPhil (Oxford), Barrister

Director of the London Foundation for International Law

Professor Surya P. Subedi QC (Hon), OBE, DPhil (Oxford), Barrister is among an exceptional group of experts whose high competence spans several areas of international law. He has covered the depth and breadth of international law in his teaching, research and practice spanning some 30 years and has held high-level national and international positions with responsibilities for policy formulation and advice. He has published eight books and more than 60 scholarly articles in all major areas of international law in leading international law journals. He was elected to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Institut de Droit International in 2011 and made a Membre Titulaire in 2015.

Professor Subedi was appointed as the UN’s human rights envoy (formally Special Rapporteur for human rights) in Cambodia in 2009 and served in this capacity for six full years. He also was appointed by the British Government in 2010 as an advisor on human rights to the British Foreign Secretary for five years. His ground-breaking work on judicial and electoral reform in Cambodia was applauded by the international community including the US President Barack Obama. In recognition of his contribution to human rights, he was nominated for appointment as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2014. He also was invited to serve as an expert member of the Task Force on Investment Policy of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland (Davos).

He has acted as a counsel and as an expert witness before the higher courts in England and the International Court of Justice and advised governments and public utility companies in several countries on international legal matters. He has been appointed to serve on the Panels of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), on the Panels of the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO and on the Panels of International Investment Arbitrators of  China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission  (CIETAC).

These high achievements of Professor Subedi have been recognized in several significant ways. He was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the UK as Queen’s Counsel (Hon) in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the development of international law and to the advancement of human rights and made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to international law in 2004. He also was decorated in 1998 by His Majesty King Birendra of Nepal with a high-level state honour – Suprabal Gukha Daxinbahu – for services to international law and to the nation.

Professor Subedi holds a doctoral degree in law from the University of Oxford, an LLM with Distinction from the University of Hull, and an MA and an LLB from Tribhuvan University. He was awarded the Dasturzada Pavry Memorial Prize for an outstanding DPhil thesis by the University of Oxford in 1993, the Josephine Onoh Memorial Prize for best LLM student by the University of Hull in 1988 and the SPTL Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship by Younger Scholars by the British Society of Legal Scholars in 1998.

Dr Ali Abusedra, LLB, LLM, PhD (Hull)

Director of the London Foundation for International Law

Dr. Ali Abusedra is a pioneer in several areas of law and has played a prominent role in leading international businesses and projects. He provides legal, negotiating and strategic advice and services to governments, organizations, companies, and individuals.

He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Benghazi in 1977 and worked as a legal advisor to a petrochemicals organization affiliated to the Ministry of Oil in Libya. He completed his education in the United Kingdom where he received a Diploma in International Organizations, a Master’s degree in International Law and a PhD in International Economic Law at the University of Hull where he currently is a visiting scholar researching in international economic law.

Dr. Ali Abussedra has provided services to governments in many countries, including the Government of Dubai, the Government of Abu Dhabi, the Government of Ajman, and the Government of Qatar. He also has provided his advisory services to the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Chairman of Qatar Investment Authority. He was twice appointed the chairman of the Libyan Investment Authority but returned to law practice on both occasions after a brief stint with it. He has provided consultancy services to States on dispute before the International Court of Justice and various international arbitration tribunals.

He has specialized in international law governing sovereign portfolios as well as special laws, cyber law, international arbitration and international investment law. He has worked as a trainer in the fields of real estate development, international investments, sovereign portfolios, arbitration, management of legal offices, drafting of legislations and strategic plans for the strategies of countries and enterprises as well as commercial projects. He is working with a team of international trainers to provide training courses for senior management people in governments of several countries.

Advisory Panel

Mr Richard Nowinski, BA (Newcastle), LLM (Cambridge), Barrister


He is an English Barrister and Advocate of the Luxembourg Bar. He is a specialist in public international law, law of the Sea, private international law, financial and investment law, European Union law with particular emphasis on foreign affairs, and transportation law. Richard has represented and advised Governments and governmental institutions, multilateral lenders, major international corporations including banks, transportation companies and shipbuilders, and public institutions.
Richard has appeared before international arbitration tribunals in London, Paris and Geneva, the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal in London, European Court of Justice, courts in Singapore and the Cayman Islands. He is Barrister at 3 Stone Buildings, Lincoln’s Inn and has acted for clients in matters concerning investment law and law of the Sea in particular, navigation issues, boundary issues and subsea resources, advises clients in finance and banking matters, advised clients in EU regulatory law and foreign affairs. Prior to this he was Partner of Mishcon de Reya Solicitors in London from 2003 to 2005 and head of the firm’s Public Law Group and lead asset and project finance lawyer.

He also has served as a Senior advisory lawyer with the Department of Trade and Investment of the British Government between 1985 and 1990 and represented the United Kingdom in EC negotiations of several finance and banking laws. Advised the Bank of England on EU law and was the architect of the legislation designed to protect the derivatives markets in the event of a major default and so prevent systemic of the financial markets. He holds a BA from Newcastle University and an LLM from Cambridge University. He has been a Visiting Professor at State University Higher School of Economics, Moscow (2008 to 2012) in international energy and offshore resources law, a Visiting Lecturer at the Law Faculty, State University of St Petersburg (2009 to 2010) in international arbitration, a Member of the Global Faculty of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, UK and advisor to the London Foundation for International Law.

Dr James Busuttil, BA (Harvard), JD (NYU), DPhil (Oxford), Attorney


Dr James J Busuttil is a lawyer, former professor, and author. He is also a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Law Enforcement and Intelligence Affairs (L/LEI), the office responsible for all United States extradition matters and mutual legal assistance in criminal and other law enforcement matters.

He has been Director of the University of London’s Postgraduate Law Program; an Honorary Professor at University College London; Associate Professor of International Law and Organization at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands; Research Fellow at King’s College London; and Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex. He has also worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY); the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

He is an attorney admitted to practice before the courts of New York State and the District of Columbia. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University (majoring in International Relations), a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public International Law from the University of Oxford. He has published a number of books and articles in several areas of international law and human rights. He is an advisor to the London Foundation for International Law.

During his directorship of the University of London Master of Laws (LLM) Programme for International students for 12 years, he led and was responsible for the setting up, development, delivery and management of the LLM degree, offered via the University of London’s International Programmes, providing academic direction and leadership (including the recruitment of course study guide authors and the creation of appropriate quality assurance mechanisms), taking strategic decisions in relation to the delivery of the Programme (including the appointment of appropriate support staff), co-ordinating approximately 60 courses and 3,000 students from more than 150 countries.