By Mary Giles
Before coming to Carleton, Ksenia Polonskaya was a post-doctoral fellow, then fellow, at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). While at CIGI, Ksenia says she “focused on policy-oriented legal research in international investment and trade law, as well as corporate social responsibility.”
Polonskaya says her PhD dissertation from Queen’s University was “policy-oriented, seeking tools to combat frivolous and abuse process claims in investor-state dispute settlement.” She completed her LLB at Kuban State University in Russia before completing her LLM at the University of Toronto.
This year, Polonskaya is teaching the undergraduate course on legal obligations and international economic law.
She has published in the areas of international investment law and public international law. Her research interests are in the fields of investor-state arbitration, international trade law, comparative law, international commercial arbitration and private law theory.
Polonskaya says, “I always try to demonstrate how these areas overlaps in my research and how they can inform each other’s ongoing development. My general approach to research and teaching is based on the idea that legal norms must be understood in the relevant social, historical and political contexts. I am currently looking into areas such as investment arbitration reform under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, the issues of gender equality in international institutions and regional perspectives on trade.”
Polonskaya also has a love for jazz, American literature, history, art (notably, the Dutch Golden Age) and good coffee. She also has a cat named Larry.
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