Pavla Kristkova

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Dissertation Title: A Comparative Study of Judicial Safeguards and Their Potential Impact on ISDS' Regulatory Function

Dissertation Topic:

The research method I have devised is a comparative study of ISDS with adjudicative regimes akin to ISDS and how they approach fundamental values of the rule of law. The scope of my study covers both public and private adjudicative bodies at international and domestic settings.

My research question is what role values, such as procedural fairness and independent adjudication, play in ISDS and how they are preserved. Under independence and impartiality of adjudicators, I examine specific methods: the method of adjudicative appointment, the method of case assignment, the role of other adjudicative characteristics such as security of tenure and the method of remuneration. Under procedural fairness, I examine the right of access and participation by adversely affected third parties.


  • Ph.D. Candidate in Law - Osgoode Hall Law School, York University 2014 - present
  • Master of Laws: General (LLM) - University of East Anglia, UK 2012
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB (Hons)) - University of East Anglia, UK 2011

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant Certificate in Teaching (TACT) – accredited by Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) 09/2016 – 01/2017
  • Recognition of Commitment to Teaching and Learning - Junior Record of Completion, Teaching Commons - York University 10/2015
  • Teaching Assistant - Introduction to Business and Society, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University (Course Director: Professor John Simoulidis) 09/2015 – 04/2016

Professional Experience

  • Selected to participate in ATLAS Agora program, Queen Mary University School of Law, London, UK 06/2017
  • CIGI Scholarship Student in Residence at Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) 01/2016 – 05/2016
  • CIGI Scholarship Student in Residence at Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) 05/2015 – 08/2015
  • Graduate Assistant, Enhancing International Graduate Student Experiences, Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), York University 09/2014 – 04/2015


  • Doctoral Scholarship, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) International Law Research Program (ILRP) 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2014/2015
  • Harley D Hallett Graduate Scholarship, Osgoode Hall Law School 2014/2015


  • “Fundamental Values and ISDS” Toronto Group Conference: Advancing International Law in a Global Society: Reconciliation, Participation and Collective Action, University of Toronto, April 28-29, 2017
  • “ISDS and Protection of Rights through Fundamental Values” Osgoode Hall Graduate Student Conference: Rights Right Now: Classic, Contemporary and Alternative Approaches at Osgoode Hall Law School, February 23, 2017
  • “Judicial Safeguards in ISDS in Comparison to Other Public Law Regimes” Toronto Group Conference: From the Local to the Global: The Evolving Role of Transnational Adjudication at Osgoode Hall Law School, May 6, 2016,
  • “Significance of The Method of Case Assignment as a Feature of Adjudicative Independence and Impartiality” Osgoode Hall Graduate Student Conference: Exploring Law and Change through Interdisciplinary Research, New Legal Realism and Other Perspectives at Osgoode Hall Law School, February 18, 2016