Ivana Damjanovic


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Dr Ivana Damjanovic is a Senior Lecturer at the Canberra Law School. Her research is interdisciplinary, encompassing issues of law and politics in the field of international investment and trade, with particular focus on the European Union. Ivana's book "The European Union and International Investment Law Reform: Between Aspirations and Reality" was published by Cambridge University Press in 2023.

Ivana has qualified as a lawyer in Australia and Europe (Croatia) and has expertise in international law and international relations. She has taught law and guest lectured at universities in Australia, Asia and Europe. Ivana has provided training to Australian government and industry stakeholders on trade and investment law and policy of the European Union, and presented her research at conferences in Australia, Europe, Asia and the US. Ivana's professional background encompasses nine years as a career diplomat for Croatia with diplomatic postings in Europe and Australia, work as trade advisor for the Delegation of the European Union to Australia and research and policy roles for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia. 


  • The European Union and International Investment Law Reform: Between Aspirations and Reality, Cambridge University Press, 2023
  • “Screening of Foreign Direct Investment in Europe: To have a Tiger by the Tail?” (co-authored) in O Quirico and KK Williams, The Evolving Architectures of International Economic Agreements, Springer, 2023
  • “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.


  • “International Trade Outlook: Navigating Challenges in 2024”, invited speaker, Export Council of Australia and IP Australia webinar, 7 February 2024
  • Book launch of the The European Union and international investment law reform: Between aspirations and reality, organiser and speaker, ANU Research School of Social Sciences, Canberra, 27 November 2023
  • “The European Union and international investment law reform: Between aspirations and reality”, organiser and speaker, Fondation Universitaire de Belgique, Brussels, 22 June 2023
  • “The European Union’s reform of international investment law: Towards broader access to justice?”, invited speaker, Public Debate EUNMUTE, St. Louis University Brussels, 16 June 2023
  • "Enforcing Climate Change in International Trade Agreements", invited speaker at the Jean Monnet International Seminar, University for Foreigners of Perugia, 8 May 2023
  • “Investment, Trade and Sustainable Development: International Law and Policy Perspectives from Indonesia and the EU”, speaker and moderator, Jean Monnet International Conference, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, 5-6 April 2023
  • “The Evolving Nature of the Rule of Law in International Economic Law”, organiser and speaker, Maastricht University, 17 January 2023
  • "The Energy Charter Treaty and the EU legal order", invited speaker for the "Investment protection treaties and the clean energy transition" webinar by Volterra Fietta, 7 September 2022
  • "Fit for 55: Challenges of implementation", co-presented at Jean Monnet seminar, Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Zagreb, 7 July 2022
  • "Debating the future of the Energy Charter Treaty", organiser and presenter, Maastricht University Brussels, 29 June 2022
  • "EU-UK investment regime after Brexit", presented at "EU trade policy and Brexit" conference, Brussels, 21 June 2022
  • “Investment and EU international agreements”, invited speaker at the Swedish Network for European Legal Studies Conference “Investment Treaties and the EU Legal Order: Litigation, Modernisation and Sustainability”, Lund University, 19-20 May 2022
  • "Advantages and drawbacks of ISDS: A legitimacy and the rule of law perspective" and "UNCITRAL reform of ISDS", speaker at the Jean Monnet International Symposium “Towards Global Governance of Investment Law”, Thammasat University, 4-5 April 2022
  • “Climate Change and International Trade: The European Union’s Approach Through Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism”, organiser and presenter, Australian National University, 16 September 2021
  • “The geopolitical EU and the rule of law: An opportunity or a challenge in a challenging world trading order”, invited speaker at the conference “Europe Today: Challenges and Opportunities”, MacMillan Center, Yale University, 16-17 April 2020
  • “EU free trade agreements with like-minded partners: acting together in facing global challenges?”, presented at the conference “Europe in Flux”, MacMillan Center, Yale University, 6-7 December 2019
  • “Sustainable development chapters in EU free trade agreements”, invited speaker at International Forum on Chinese imports conference “International Trade and Sustainable Development in a Changing World”, Shanghai, 4 November 2019
  • “Preliminary Ruling Procedure: How does it work and why it is important?”, organiser and co-presenter at the Jean Monnet Workshop, Croatian Bar Association, Zagreb, 2 July 2019
  • “The Clash between International Investment Law and the Autonomy of the EU Legal Order”, lecture at the Max Planck Institute for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, Luxembourg, 20 June 2019
  • “The flaws of ISDS and the UNCITRAL reform”, presented at the seminar “Towards an International Investment Court?”, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, 20 February 2019
  • “EU reform of international investment dispute settlement and its impact on EU-China relations”, invited speaker at the First China International Import Forum, Shanghai, 4 November 2018
  • Achmea judgment in the context of international investment law”, presented at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) Brussels, 26 June 2018
  • Achmea judgment and the future of ISDS”, invited speaker at the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia Fourth Annual Seminar, Canberra, 25 May 2018
  • “Understanding Achmea: What does it mean for the future of ISDS in Europe?”, invited speaker at the German Australian Pacific Lawyers Association Conference, Sydney, 27 April 2018
  • “The Dialectics of Public Grounds as an Exception to Freedom of Investment: Lessons from the EU in the Vattenfall Saga”, co-presented at the European Union Studies Association Asia Pacific (EUSAAP) Annual Conference, Tokyo, 1-2 July 2017


  • Project and Academic Coordinator (Primary Investigator), Australia and the EU: Bilateral Perspectives on Global Governance, EU Erasmus+ funded project, University of Canberra, 2022–2025 (30,000 EUR)
  • Project and Academic Coordinator (Primary Investigator), EU Climate Change Agenda in External Trade and Investment, EU Erasmus+ funded research project, Australian National University, 2020–2023 (60,000 EUR)
  • Key Investigator, The EU and Indo-Pacific: Sustainability, Security and Trade, EU Erasmus+ funded project, UCLouvain St. Louis-Brussels (Belgium), 2023–2026 (30,000 EUR)
  • Key Investigator, The EU in Global Context: Current Challenges, EU Erasmus+ funded project, University for Foreigners Perugia (Italy), 2023–2026 (22,000 EUR)
  • Key Investigator, The EU-China Relationship in Rules-based Multilateral Investment System, EU Erasmus+ funded research project, Maastricht University (Netherlands), 2020–2023 (60,000 EUR)
  • Key Investigator, Internal Market and Migration as Catalysts for Regional Integration in South East Europe, EU Erasmus+ funded project, University North (Croatia), 2018–2022 (30,000 EUR)
  • Research Associate, Third Country Engagement with EU Trade Policy, EU Erasmus+ funded research project, Australian National University, 2018–2022
  • Visiting Fellow, EU-Australia Centre for Economic Cooperation, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Australian National University, August–December 2019
  • Research Assistant, Understanding EU Trade: A Guide for Australian Stakeholders, EU Erasmus+ funded Jean Monnet Project, Australian National University, 2017–2018


  • Australian Government Research Training Program (2017-2020)
  • Yale University travel grant (2019)
  • Australian National University IARU Scholarship (2019)
  • Small Research Grant, ANU School of Politics and International Relations (2019 and 2020)
  • Vice Chancellor’s travel grant, Australian National University (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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Australian National University

23 Mar 201730 Jul 2020

Award Date: 23 Nov 2020

Master, Master of Economic Science in European Economic and Public Affairs (M.Econ.Sc.), University College Dublin

Aug 2005Jul 2006

Award Date: 11 Dec 2006

Master of Laws (LL.M.), integrated bachelor's and master's program in law, University of Zagreb


Award Date: 10 Dec 2003

External positions

Fellow, Australian Academy of Law

2023 → …

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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