Isabella Cuervo-Lorens

St Antony's College
MPhil Comparative Government

I am a second-year MPhil candidate in Politics (Comparative Government) interested in the intersection of political economy and judicial politics. My thesis research applies political economy and business politics perspectives to questions about international trade and investment law, governments’ approaches to it, and subsequent impacts on domestic populations.

Before joining the DPIR, I obtained an MA (Hons) degree in International Relations and Russian from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Since 2020, I have assisted research and negotiations at the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group III on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) reform. To learn more about the process and associated projects, visit the ISDS reform website.

I am also involved in collaborative research at PluriCourts, University of Oslo, contributing to the LEGINVEST (Responses to the ‘Legitimacy Crisis’ of International Investment Law) and COPIID (Compliance Politics and International Investment Disputes) projects and associated datasets.