Dr Anil Yilmaz Vastardis

Senior Lecturer
Essex Law School
Dr Anil Yilmaz Vastardis
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    +44 (0) 1206 873069

  • Location

    5S.6.3, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Tuesday 14:00-16:00



Anil joined the Essex School of Law and Human Rights Centre in September 2015. She studied law at Marmara University in Turkey and she is a non-practising lawyer at the Istanbul Bar Association. She holds an LLM in International Trade Law and a PhD in Law from the University of Essex. Anil is a co-director of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project. Her main research interests are in the fields of international investment law and business and human rights. Her research bridges the gap between corporate law, international investment law, human rights law, and tort law, examining how these areas can and should interact so as to operationalise human rights standards in the modern business context. She has published works in leading international law journals and edited collections on parent-subsidiary relationships in the business and human rights context, non-financial reporting, duty of care in supply chain relationships, human rights in investment contracts and the embedded inequalities in the investment treaty regime. Her recent book ‘The Nationality of Corporate Investors under International Investment Law’ was published with Hart Publishing in 2020.


University of Essex

  • Senior Lecturer, Essex Law School, University of Essex (1/10/2020 - present)

  • Director of Postgraduate Research, Essex Law School, University of Essex (1/1/2023 - present)

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Essex Law School, University of Essex (15/1/2019 - 30/9/2021)

Other academic

  • Lecturer, Essex Law School, University of Essex (1/9/2015 - 30/9/2020)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Business and human rights

Open to supervise

International Investment Law

Open to supervise

Settlement of international disputes

Open to supervise

Corporate law

International investment and human rights

Open to supervise

International investment law, environmental protection and climate change

Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

A Yilmaz-Vastardis and R Chambers, A proposal for dealing with the separate corporate personality challenge in the B&HR treaty: Could the IIL model inspire the treaty makers? presented at the 2016 ASIL Human Rights Interest Group Roundtable on Business and Human Rights, 29 March 2016, George Washington University

Washington D.C., United States, 2016

A Yilmaz-Vastardis The impact of international investment arbitration tribunals jurisdictional decisions on their perceived legitimacy presented at the Workshop on Empirical International Law, 10 December 2010, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2010

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • International Commercial Dispute Resolution (LW605)

  • Trade, Investment, Environment, and Human Rights (LW917)

  • Business and Human Rights (LW922)

  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Context (LW930)

  • Postgraduate research methods and professional development (LW987)

  • Human Rights - Research (HU999)

  • Law - Research (LW999)

  • Law - Completion (LW996)

Previous supervision

Dorcas Oluwafikunayo Taiwo
Dorcas Oluwafikunayo Taiwo
Thesis title: Incremental Development of a Legal Framework for Arbitration in Emerging Markets: A Case Study of Construction Arbitration in Nigeria
Degree subject: Law
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 17/2/2022


Journal articles (10)

Bueno, N., Yilmaz Vastardis, A. and Ngueuleu Djeuga, I., (2023). Investor Human Rights and Environmental Obligations: The need to redesign corporate social responsibility clauses. Journal of World Investment and Trade. 24 (2), 179-216

Yilmaz Vastardis, A. and Van Harten, G., (2023). Critiques of Investment Arbitration Reform: An Introduction. Journal of World Investment and Trade. 24 (3), 363-371

Yilmaz Vastardis, A., Eslava, L., Alessandrini, D. and del Pilar Cortes Nieto, J., (2022). The Dream of Formality: Racialisation Otherwise and International Economic Law. Journal of International Economic Law. 25 (2), 207-223

Yilmaz Vastardis, A. and Chambers, R., (2021). Human Rights Disclosure and Due Diligence Laws: The Role of Regulatory Oversight in Ensuring Corporate Accountability. Chicago Journal of International Law. 21 (2), 323-366

Yilmaz Vastardis, A. and Chambers, R., (2018). Overcoming the Corporate Veil Challenge: Could Investment Law Inspire the Proposed Business and Human Rights Treaty?. International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 67 (2), 389-423

Terwindt, C., Leader, S., Yilmaz Vastardis, A. and Wright, J., (2018). Supply chain liability: pushing the boundaries of the common law?. Journal of European Tort Law. 8 (3), 261-296

Yilmaz Vastardis, A., (2018). Justice bubbles for the privileged: A critique of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement Proposals for the EU's Investment Agreements. London Review of International Law. 6 (2), 279-297

Chambers, R. and Yilmaz Vastardis, A., (2015). The New EU Rules on Non-Financial Reporting: Potential Impacts on Access to Remedy?. Human Rights and International Legal Discourse. 10

Yilmaz, A., (2013). Case Note on ICSID Case No ARB/10/5: Tidewater Inc v Venezuela, Decision on Jurisdiction. Australian International Law Journal. 20, 197-202

Yilmaz, A., (2012). Corporate Personality in ICSID Arbitration. International Arbitration Law Review. 15 (5), 172-185

Books (1)

Yilmaz Vastardis, A., (2020). The Nationality of Corporate Investors under International Investment Law. Hart Publishing. 9781509933600

Book chapters (7)

Yilmaz Vastardis, A. and Chambers, R., (2023). Guiding Principle 3: General State Regulatory and Policy Functions. In: The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: A Commentary. Editors: Choudhury, B., . Edward Elgar Publishing. 978 1 80037 566 6

Yilmaz Vastardis, A., (2023). Most Favoured Nation Statement. In: Rethinking Investment Law: Perspectives and Prospects. Editors: Schneiderman, D. and Van Harten, G., . Oxford University Press. 38- 63. 0192871080. 9780192871084

Yilmaz Vastardis, A., (2021). From risk to rights: Reorienting the paradigms at the heart of corporate legal form and investment treaty standards in foreign investment governance. In: Investors’ International Law. Editors: Ho, J. and Sattorova, M., . Hart Publishing. 9781509937929

Yilmaz Vastardis, A., (2020). Investment Treaty Arbitration as Justice Bubbles. In: The Oxford Handbook of International Arbitration. Editors: Schultz, T. and Ortino, F., . Oxford University Press. 9780198796190

Yilmaz-Vastardis, A. and Van Ho, T., (2016). Integrating Human Rights into the Extractive Industries: How Investment Contracts Can Achieve Protection. In: Legal Studies on Access and Benefit-sharing. 225- 244

Yilmaz Vastardis, A. and Van Ho, T., (2015). Integrating Human Rights into the Extractive Industries: How Investment Contracts Can Achieve Protection. In: Natural Resources Grabbing: An International Law Perspective. Editors: Romanin Jacur, F., Bonfanti, A. and Seatzu, F., . Brill Nijhoff. 223- 244. 9789004305663

Farah, Y. and Yilmaz Vastardis, A., (2015). A step in the right direction! Critical assessment of forum selection agreements under the revised Brussels I: A comparative analysis with US law. In: Research Handbook on EU Private International Law. Editors: Stone, P. and Farah, Y., . Edward Elgar. 23- 67. 9781781954553

Reports and Papers (4)

Yilmaz Vastardis, A., Tan, C. and Erdem Turkelli, G., (2023). Evaluation of the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP)

Lawrence, J., Van Ho, T. and Yilmaz Vastardis, A., (2020). EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment: A Scoping Study

Leader, SL. and Yilmaz Vastardis, A., (2018). Improving Paths to Business Accountability for Human Rights Abuses: A Legal Guide

Van Ho, T., Yilmaz Vastardis, A., Leader, S., Michalowski, S., Netto, U., Danesi, R., Ong, D. and Wlodarczak, B., (2011). Corporate Liability in a New Setting: Shell and the Changing Legal Landscape for the Multinational Oil Industry in the Niger Delta

Grants and funding


Supporting the Ukrainian National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption

Open Society Foundation

Embedding Human Rights in the Global Climate Finance Architecture: An Evaluation of the Just Energy Transition Partnership Framework

University of Essex (QR Impact Fund)


Precarious Work and Access to Healthcare and Social Security in Colombia: Targeted Measures During the Covid-19 Global Emergency

University of Essex (GCRF)

Scoping study regarding the CAI and potential risks for European interests

Heinrich-B�ll-Stiftung e.V. (Heinrich B�ll Foundation)


The International Economic Law (IEL) Collective: Teaching and Writing Workshops

Society of Legal Scholars

+44 (0) 1206 873069


5S.6.3, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Tuesday 14:00-16:00