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Dr Anil Yilmaz Vastardis

Senior Lecturer
School of Law
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. Her main research interests are in the fields of international investment law and business and human rights. 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. Her PhD research explored the nationality of corporate investors under international investment law. Before joining the School of Law, she worked as a Lecturer at the Brighton Business School. Anil leads several projects within the Essex Business and Human Rights Project. Her most recent work with the EBHR focused on improving paths to accountability for human rights and labour violations in global supply chains. This work resulted in a legal guide aimed to assist practitioners and civil society in developing legal claims in this area (accessible at

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Business and human rights

International Investment Law

Settlement of international commercial disputes

Corporate law

Investment and human rights

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 Trade Law (LW327)

  • International Commercial Dispute Resolution I (LW605)

  • Investment, Environment and Human Rights (LW917)

  • Business and Human Rights (LW922)


Journal articles (7)

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

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 (4)

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., (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 (2)

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


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