Dr Jonathan Bonnitcha joined UNSW Law as a Lecturer in July 2016. His primary area of research interest is international economic governance, with a particular interest in investment treaties. Much of his research is inter-disciplinary, drawing on perspectives from the disciplines of economics and political science. He has previously held academic positions as a Visiting Fellow at ANU's Crawford School of Public Policy and as ESRC Post-doctoral Fellow at the London School of Economics.
Prior to joining UNSW Law Jonathan lived in Myanmar, where he worked as an advisor to the Myanmar Government on investment governance. For several years he also worked for the Australian Attorney General's Department, as a member of the team that successfully defended a multi-billion dollar challenge to Australia's tobacco plain packaging laws brought under an investment treaty.
Jonathan holds the degrees of DPhil, MPhil and BCL from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar, and the degrees of LLB and BEc from the University of Sydney, where he graduated with the University Medal in political economy and the Convocation Medal.
- Investment treaties;
- National level governance of foreign investment in ASEAN countries;
- Business and human rights, particularly the scope and implications of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights.