Taylor St John, Lecturer


Dr Taylor St John joined the School of International Relations as a Lecturer in 2018. Before joining the School, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at PluriCourts, University of Oslo, and continues to collaborate on the LEGINVEST project there.

Previously, Dr St John was a Fellow in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics, where she received two teaching awards. She earned her DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford in 2015 and remains a Research Associate of the Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford.

Research areas

Dr St John is interested in global economic governance and economic diplomacy, with a focus on the politics of foreign investment and investment dispute settlement. Within international relations theory, she is particularly interested in historical institutionalism, as well as broader questions involving institutional design, international organisations, and multilateralism.

She has conducted archival research in several countries, and is committed to empirical research into the priorities and strategies of governments (non-OECD and OECD alike) toward global economic issues, both historically and today.

Dr St John is currently working on a project examining different institutions for resolving investment disputes that arise in civil war contexts and a project examining the role of individuals in economic diplomacy. As part of the LEGINVEST project funded by the Norwegian Research Council, she is collaborating on research into national investment laws, the politics of reforming investor-state arbitration, and gender in investor-state arbitration, among other themes.



  • 2018. The Rise of Investor-State Arbitration: Politics, Law, and Unintended Consequences. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chapters in edited volumes

  • Forthcoming. "Institutional Developments in Investment Law and Policy" in Yearbook on Investment Law & Policy 2016-17, edited by Lisa Sachs, Lise Johnson, and Jesse Coleman. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2018. "Enriching Law with Political History: A Case Study on the Creation of the ICSID Convention" in International Investment Law and History, edited by Stephan Schill, Christian Tams, and Rainer Hoffman. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • 2017. "Investment: Contestation and Transformation" in Beyond Gridlock, edited by Thomas Hale and David Held. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Book reviews

  • 2018. "Review: The History of ICSID by Antonio Parra (Oxford: Oxford University Press)." Journal of World Investment & Trade 19 (4): 751-6.

Policy papers and briefs

Blog posts


Dr St John teaches the Political Economy of Trade and Investment (IR3076) module in Semester 1. She has proposed a module on "Global Economic Governance: Visions and Realities" for Semester 2. Dr St John also contributes to the Introduction to International Relations (IR1005) module.