MILE Profile

Mary Elisabeth Footer
University of Nottingham School of Law

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Current Research: 
The relationship between transnational and international economic law and governance.
Biography: 
Mary Footer is a member of the ESIL Executive Board (elected in 2010 and standing for re-election in 2014). She has been Professor of International Economic Law at the University of Nottingham School of Law since 2006, having previously taught at the University of Amsterdam, the Erasmus University Rotterdam and University College London, and as a guest-lecturer at several universities in Europe, North America and China. She was Senior Program Legal Counsel at the International Development Law Organization, Rome (1995-199) and has held research positions at the British Institute of International & Comparative Law, London (1992-1994), the European University Institute, Florence (2010) and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (2014). Mary holds a PhD with distinction (Erasmus), an LLM in public international law (UCL), a JD in civil law (UNA) and a BA (Hons) in European History (UEA). She is Director of Research, British Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) and Chair of the ILA International Trade Law Committee. She was co-chair and one of founding members of the ESIL International Economic Law Interest Group (2007-2010), Rapporteur of the ILA Committee on International Law and Biotechnology (2006-2010) and one of the original members of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL). She has been a consultant to governments and to international organisations (WTO, UNCTAD and European Commission) and various scientific research organisations in Europe, South Africa, Canada and Hong Kong. Her publications are mainly in the field of public international law, international economic law and business and human rights; she is the author of An Institutional and Normative Analysis of the World Trade Organization (2006). In 2012 she was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).