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Mary E Footer

Professor Emerita of International Economic Law, Faculty of Social Sciences



Mary Footer is Professor Emerita of International Economic Law at the University of Nottingham and former co-director of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (NILSC). Prior to her appointment at Nottingham from 2005-2019, she taught at the University of Amsterdam, the Erasmus University Rotterdam and University College London. She was also a full-time, Senior Program Legal Counsel at IDLO, Rome from 1995-1999. Other overseas universities where Professor Footer has been a visiting professor include the Università di Bologna, the Europa Institut, Saarbrücken, the World Trade Institute, Bern, Peking (Beida) and Tsinghua Universities, Beijing, Universiteit Utrecht, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Universities of Kent and Warwick. In 2014 she was a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, and in 2010 a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. During her time at the School of Law, Professor Footer received funding from: the Nuffield Foundation for her work on soft law; the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)-WOTRO Security and the Rule of Law programme to investigate business, human rights and security in the Indonesian natural resources sector; and she was the Co-ordinator and Ethical Lead for the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-Innovative Training Network EUTIP (2017-2021) for early stage researchers. Throughout her academic career, she has published widely on matters of international economic law and governance, business and human rights, biotechnology and food security, especially in the developing country context. Professor Footer is chair of the ILA Committee on Sustainable Development and the Green Economy in International Trade Law, which will complete its mandate in 2022.

Expertise Summary

Public International Law; International Economic Law; WTO Law; International Investment Law; Law & Development; European History; Cultural Heritage

Teaching Summary

International Economic Law; Public International Law; Law and Development

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