Ivana Damjanovic

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Dr Ivana Damjanovic is a Lecturer at the Canberra Law School. Her research is interdisciplinary, exploring the influence of globalisation and politics on international law. She completed her PhD at the Australian National University, examining the reform of international investment law and the role of the European Union in influencing normative standards in this reform. 

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, Indonesia) and Europe (Belgium, Croatia). Ivana has provided training to Australian government and industry stakeholders on trade and investment law and policy of the European Union, and has presented her research at conferences in Australia, Europe (Luxembourg, Brussels, Maastricht), Asia (Tokyo, Shanghai, Bangkok) and the US (Yale University). She also worked for the Delegation of the European Union in Australia, being involved in the negotiations of the EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Ivana's 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. 


  • “Legal and policy reflections on sustainability standards in EU trade and investment agreements: Acting together in facing global challenges?”, forthcoming in 2022, 17(1) St Antony’s International Review 
  • “Values and objectives of the EU in light of Opinion 1/17: ‘trade for all’, above all” (co-authored) (2020) 4(1) Europe and the World: A Law Review [25].
  • “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.


  • "Between Interests, Power, and Rights: the Russian Conflict in Ukraine" (co-authored), Australian Outlook, 8 March 2022
  • "The French-Australian Submarine Affair: Can it Sink the EU Indo-Pacific Strategy?" (co-authored), Australian Outlook, 1 October 2021
  • "The Geopolitics of New European Bauhaus: Towards a Green Post-COVID-19 World", Australian Outlook, 11 December 2020
  • "The EU Coronavirus Recovery: Between Political Realities and 'Next Generation' Aspirations" (co-authored), Australian Outlook, 7 August 2020


  • "Advantages and drawbacks of ISDS: A legitimacy and the rule of law perspective" and "UNCITRAL reform of ISDS", presented at Jean Monnet International Symposium, Thammasat University, 4-5 April 2022
  • "The environmental principles underpinning the European Green Deal and its geopolitical impact" and "CBAM as an obstacle to Chinese imports", co-presented at Jean Monnet seminar, Maastricht University, 1 December 2021
  • “EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism: From Emissions Trading Scheme to International Trade Law”, co-presented at Jean Monnet seminar, Australian National University, 16 September 2021 
  • “The ‘geopolitical’ EU and the rule of law: An opportunity or a challenge in a changing world trading order?”, presented at 2020-2021 Conference “Europe Today: Challenges and Opportunities”, MacMillan Center, Yale University, 16-17 April 2021 
  • "EU Foreign Investment Screening: Between free movement of capital and national security issues" and "EU Climate Change Neutrality: Between solidarity and green economy", co-presented at European Studies Association Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ) Conference, Melbourne, 1-3 December 2020  
  • “EU free trade agreements with like-minded partners: acting together in facing global challenges?”, presented at the international interdisciplinary graduate conference “Europe in Flux”, Yale University, 6-7 December 2019
  • “Sustainable development chapters in EU free trade agreements”, presented at International Forum on Chinese imports conference “International Trade and Sustainable Development in a Changing World”, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, 4 November 2019
  • “The EU and Global Investment Governance: From CETA to a Multilateral Investment Court”, Jean Monnet Seminar, Institute for Development and International Relations, Zagreb, 1 July 2019 
  • “Preliminary Ruling Procedure: How does it work and why it is important?”, Jean Monnet Workshop, Croatian Bar Association, Zagreb, 2 July 2019
  • “The Clash between International Investment Law and the Autonomy of the EU Legal Order”, Max Planck Institute for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, Luxembourg, 20 June 2019
  • “The flaws of ISDS and UNCITRAL reform”, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, 20 February 2019
  • “EU reform of international investment dispute settlement and its impact on EU-China relations”, The First China International Import Forum, ECUST, Shanghai, 4 November 2018
  • Achmea judgment in the context of international investment law”, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) Brussels, 26 June 2018
  • Achmea judgment and the future of ISDS”, The UNCITRAL Coordination Committee for Australia Fourth Annual Seminar, Canberra, 25 May 2018
  • “Understanding Achmea: What does it mean for the future of ISDS in Europe?”German Australian Pacific Lawyers Association, Sydney, 27 April 2018
  • “Inter-Treaty Relations in the EU”, European Union Centres Joint Conference, Melbourne, 16-18 October 2017
  • “The Dialectics of Public Grounds as an Exception to Freedom of Investment: Lessons from the EU in the Vattenfall Saga”, European Union Studies Association Asia Pacific (EUSAAP) Annual Conference, Tokyo, 1-2 July 2017


  • Australia and the EU: Bilateral Perspectives on Global Governance, University of Canberra, Project coordinator, 2022-2024;
  • EU Climate Change Agenda in External Trade and Investment, ANU, Project coordinator, 2020-2023;
  • The EU-China Relationship in Rules-based Multilateral Investment System, Maastricht University, key project member, 2020-2023;
  • Internal Market and Migration as Catalysts for Regional Integration in SEE, University North (Croatia), key project member, 2018-2022;
  • Between Aspirations and Reality: The European Union and the International Investment Law Reform, PhD project, ANU, 2017-2020;
  • The rule of law in international investment law, St. Louis University Brussels, Visiting Fellow, 2019-2020;
  • EU-Australia Centre for Economic Cooperation Visiting Fellowship 2019, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, ANU, August – December 2019
  • Understanding EU Trade: A Guide for Australian Stakeholders, ANU Centre for European Studies, Jean Monnet Research Assistant, 2017-2018.


  • Australian Government Research Training Program (2017-2020)
  • Small Research Grant, School of Politics and International Relations, ANU (2019 & 2020)
  • ANU IARU Scholarship (2019)
  • Yale University travel grant (2019)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Travel Grant, ANU (2018)
  • Irish and Croatian Government scholarships (2005-2006)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Australian National University

23 Mar 201730 Jul 2020

Award Date: 23 Nov 2020

Master, University College Dublin

Aug 2005Jul 2006

Award Date: 11 Dec 2006

University of Zagreb


Award Date: 10 Dec 2003

External positions

Accredited Mediator, Australian Dispute Resolution Association

2022 → …

Member, Australian National University

2020 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, Australian National University

2020 → …

External Fellow, Maastricht University

2020 → …

Admission to practice law, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia

2016 → …


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