Prabhash Ranjan
Assistant Professor (Senior Grade)
Faculty of Legal Studies (FLS)
Room No 337, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021, India
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  • PhD from King’s College London , in 2013
  • LLM (Distinction) from University of London: Jointly at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and University College London (UCL) as part of intercollegiate London University LLM programme , in 2007
  • LLB from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, India , in 2003
  • B A (Hons) Economics from Ramjas College, University of Delhi

Awards & Honours

  • Chevening Scholarship, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK, 2006-2007
  • Visiting Scholar, Brookings India: 2017-2018
  • Transnational Law Summer Institute (TLSI) Fellow 2016, Transnational Law Institute, Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London, June 2016
  • Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Faculty of Law, Cambridge University, May-July 2015.
  • Research Grant (US$ 5000) for a Project on Multilateral Agreement on Investment and India by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), in 2014
  • Contributor from India to Oxford University Press (OUP)'s database on International Investment Law - Investment Claims by Oxford University Press (OUP) UK, in 2014
  • Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law, Sydney University, February 2010
  • King's College London School of Law Doctoral Scholarship, King's College London, 2009-2012
  • President's Graduate Fellowship, National University of Singapore, 2009 (Declined)
  • Research Grant (US $ 10,000) FOR a Project on understanding the Bilateral Investment Treaties of Six Asian Countries by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Regional Centre Colombo, in 2008-2009

Recent Publications

  • Essential Security Interests in International Investment Law: A Tale of Two ISDS Claims Against India in Julien Chaisse et al (eds) Handbook of International Investment Law and Policy (Springer: 2021) (Forthcoming). 
  • 'Pharmaceutical Patents and Expropriation in Indian Bilateral Investment Treaties' in Mahdev Mohan and Chester Brown (Eds) Regulation and Investment Disputes: Asian Perspectives (Cambridge University Press: 2021) (Forthcoming). 
  • 'Necessary' in Non Precluded Measures Provision in Bilateral Investment Treaties: The Indian Contribution, 67(3) Netherlands International Law Review (2020) (Springer), 473-501
  • Covid-19, India and Indirect Expropriation: Is the Police Powers Doctrine A Reliable Defence? 13(1) Contemporary Asia Arbitration Journal (2020), 205-227. 
  • Covid-19, India and Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Will India be Able to Defend its Public Health Measures? (with Pushkar Anand as the second author) 28 Asia Pacific Law Review (2020) (Routledge), 225-247.  
  • Indian Courts and Bilateral Investment Treaty Arbitration (with Pushkar Anand as second author), 4(2) Indian Law Review (Taylor and Francis), 2020, 199-220 
  • National Security Exception in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and India-Pakistan Trade, 54(4) Journal of World Trade (Kluwer) 2020, 643-665.  
  • Prabhash Ranjan, 'Capital Flows into India - Role of Monetary Transfer Provisions in India's International Investment Agreements' in Mahendra Pal Singh, Wolfram Cremer et al (Eds) Open Markets, Free Trade and Sustainable Development' (Springer: 2019), 263-288
  • 'Free-zone Company, Investment Standards and the Arab Spring: A Case Study of Ampal-American and Others v Egypt' in Julien Chiasse et al (Eds) International Economic Law and the Challenges of the Free Zones: Global Regulatory Issues and Trends (Wolters Kluwer: 2019), 347-358
  • India and Bilateral Investment Treaties: Refusal, Acceptance and Backlash, Oxford University Press: 2019 
  • 'Issuance of Compulsory Patent Licenses and Expropriation in Asian BITs and FTA Investment Chapters: A Study of India, China, Malaysia and Thailand in Liu Kung-Chung et al (Eds) The Future of Asian Trade Deals and IP (Bloomsbury/Hart Publishing: 2019), 133-158.  
  • 'Police Powers, Indirect Expropriation in International Investment Law and Article 31(3)(c) of the VCLT: A Critique of Philip Morris v Uruguay' 9(1) Asian Journal of International Law (Cambridge University Press) 2019, 98-124.  
  • Prabhash Ranjan, 'The Present and the Future of the Indian BIT Programme: Throw the Bathwater, but Keep the Baby, 14 (7&8) Global Trade and Customs Journal (2019) (Kluwer), 372-375
  • 'How 'Healthy' are Investment Treaties of South Asian Countries: An Empirical Study of Public Health Provisions in South Asian Countries' BITs and FTA Investment Chapters' (with Pushkar Anand as the second author) 33 (2) ICSID Review - Foriegn Investment Law Journal (Oxford University Press) 2018, 406-432
  • 'India and Bilateral Investment Treaties: From Rejection to Embracement to Hesitance?' in R Babu and S Burra (Eds) 'Locating India' in the Contemporary International Legal Order (Springer: 2018), 101-126 
  • 'Investor State Dipsute Settlement in the 2016 Indian Model Bilateral Investment Treaty: Does it Go Too Far?' (with Pushkar Anand as the second author) in Luke Nottage et al (Eds) International Investment Treaties and Arbitration Across Asia (Brill/Nijhoff: 2018), 579-611 
  • ISDS Transparency Provisions in the Indian Model BIT: A Half-Hearted Attempt?, 15 (2) Transnational Dispute Management Journal (2018)
  • 'Capital Flow Management Measures and International Investment Law in R Hofmann, S Schill and C Tams (eds) International Investment Law and the Global Financial Architecture (Edward Elgar: 2017), 257-280 
  • 'Investment Protection and Host State's Right to Regulate in Indian Model Bilateral Investment Treaty: Lessons for Asian Countries in Julien Chaisse et al (Eds) International Law of Foriegn Investment in Asia: Sustainability, Regionalization and Arbitration (Springer: 2017), 47-65. 
  • The 2016 Indian Model Bilateral Investment Treaty: A Critical Deconstruction (with Pushkar Anand as the second author), 38 (1) Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business (Northwestern University), 2017, 1-54 
  • 'Protecting Security Interests in International Investment Law' in Mary Footer, Julia Schmidt and Nigel D White (eds) Security and International Law (Hart Publishing: 2016), 273-299
  • 'Determination of Indirect Expropriation and Doctrine of Police Power in International Investment Law: A Critical Appraisal’ (with Pushkar Anand as the second author) in Leila Choukroune (Ed) Judging the State in International Trade and Investment Law (Springer Nature: Singapore: 2016), 127-151
  • 'National Contestation of International Investment Law and International Rule of Law' in M kanetake and A Nollkaemper (eds) Rule of Law at the National and International Levels:Contestation and Deference (Hart Publishing: Oxford: 2016), 115-142

  • ‘Comparing Investment Provisions in India’s FTAs with India’s Stand Alone BITs: Contributing to the Evolution of New Indian BIT Practice’, 16 Journal of World Investment and Trade (Brill:Nijhoff), 2015, 899-930 
  • 'Most Favoured Nation Provision in Indian Bilateral Investment Treaties – A Case for Reform', 55(1) Indian Journal of International Law (Springer) (2015), 39-64
  • Bilateral Investment Treaties and Indian Judiciary (with Deepak Raju as the second author), 46 (4) The George Washington International Law Review (2014), 809-847 

  • ‘Bilateral Investment Treaties and Right to Health: Comparing Chinese and Indian BITs’ in S Deva (eds) Socio Economic Rights in Emerging Free Markets – Comparative Perspectives from India and China (Routledge: London: 2015) 236-261.

  • ‘India And Bilateral Investment Treaties – A Changing Landscape’, 29 (2) ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal (Oxford University Press) (2014), 419-450

  • Using Public Law Concept of Proportionality to Balance Investment Protection with Regulation in International Investment Law - A Critical Appraisal, 3(3) Cambridge International Law Journal (University of Cambridge and Edward Elgar) (2014), 853-883. 
  • ‘Non Precluded Measures in Indian International Investment Agreements and India’s Regulatory Power as a Host Nation’, 2 (1) Asian Journal of International Law (Cambridge University Press) (2012), 21-58.
  • 'Object and Purpose’ of Indian International Investment Agreements: Failing to Balance Investment Protection and Regulatory Power in V Bath and L Nottage (eds) Foriegn Investment and Dispute Resolution: Law and Practice in Asia (Routledge: London: 2011), 192-211
  •  Definition of Investment in Bilateral Investment Treaties of South Asian Countries and Regulatory Discretion’, 26 (2) Journal of International Arbitration (Kluwer Law International) (2009), 217-235. 
  • Recent Developments in India’s Plant Variety Protection, Seed Regulation and linkages with UPOV’s Proposed Membership, 12 (3) Journal of World Intellectual Property (University of Ottawa, Wiley-Blackwell) (2009), 219-243. 
  • ‘Treaties on Trade and Investment and the Indian Legal Regime’, 11 (1) Australian Journal of Asian Law (University of Melbourne) (2009), 56-81.
  • Industrial Tariff Reduction: Why the best might still turn out to be the worst?’ 42 (5) Journal of World Trade (Kluwer Law International) (2008), 953-966. 

Research Interests

  • International Investment Law
  • World Trade Law
  • Bilateral Investment Treaties and Regulatory Power of Host Nations
  • Trade, Investment and Monetary Measures
  • International Investment Law and South Asia

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