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Ivana is an Assistant Lecturer at the Canberra Law School. Her research is interdisciplinary, encompassing issues of law and politics in the area of international investment governance and dispute settlement. Ivana has qualified as a lawyer in Australia and Europe (Croatia) and has expertise in international law and international relations. She has taught law as a guest lecturer at universities in Asia (China, Bhutan) and Europe (Belgium, Croatia). Ivana has been providing training to Australian government and industry stakeholders on EU trade and investment law and policy, and has been presenting her research at different conferences in Australia, Europe (Luxembourg, Brussels), Asia (Tokyo, Shanghai) and the US (Yale University). Her professional background encompasses nine years as a career diplomat for Croatia with postings in Europe and Australia, and research/policy roles for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she participated in the process of Croatia’s accession to the European Union. Currently, she is completing her PhD at the Australian National University, which she commenced in 2017.

Ivana’s research interests include international public and private law, EU law and politics, comparative legal systems, the rule of law in domestic and international law, effective legal and justice systems, and law and politics of international trade and investment.


  • “Intra-EU Investment Dispute Settlement in Light of Vattenfall and Achmea: A Matter of Priority” (co-authored) (2019) 26(1) Columbia Journal of European Law 102-156.
  • “I would rather be a respondent state before a domestic court in the EU than before an international investment tribunal” (co-authored) (2019) 4(1) European Papers 19-60.
  • “Values and objectives of the EU in light of Opinion 1/17: ‘trade for all’, above all” (co-authored), forthcoming in Europe and the World: A Law Review, Special issue (Collection of Reflection Essays)


  • Australian Government Research Training Program (2017-2020)
  • Visiting Fellowship, Centre of Excellence for EU-Australia Economic Cooperation (2019)
  • EU Erasmus+ funded Jean Monnet Module with the University North, Croatia (2019-2021)
  • Small Research Grant, School of Politics and International Relations, ANU (2020)
  • ANU IARU Scholarship and Yale University travel grant (2019)
  • Small Research Grant, School of Politics and International Relations, ANU (2019)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Travel Grant, ANU (2018)
  • Irish and Croatian Government scholarships (2005-2006)


  • International Investment Law and the European Union: Towards a New Normative and Institutional Framework, PhD project, ANU, 2017-2021
  • EU-Australia Centre for Economic Cooperation Visiting Fellowship 2019, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, ANU, August – December 2019
  • Internal Market and Migration as Catalysts for Regional Integration in SEE, EU Erasmus+ funded education project (with University North, Croatia), 2019-2021
  • The rule of law in international investment law (with St. Louis University Brussels), 2019-2020
  • Access to justice in international environmental law (with a Jean Monnet Chair, St. Louis University Brussels), 2020-2021


  • Jean Monnet Research Fellow, ANU Centre for European Studies (since 2017)
  • External Fellow, METRO, University of Maastricht (since 2020)
  • Jean Monnet Research Assistant, EU Erasmus+ funded Project “Understanding EU Trade: A Guide for Australian Stakeholders”, ANU Centre for European Studies (2017-2018)
  • Guest Researcher, St. Louis University Brussels, Faculty of Law (2018-2019)
  • Visiting PhD Scholar, European University Institute, Department of Law (2019)

Education/Academic qualification

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria

Master, University College Dublin

Master, University of Zagreb