The Knowledge to Act



Jonathan Bonnitcha

  • Topics of Expertise

    International economic governance

    Investment treaties

  • Languages


  • Education

    Bachelor of Economics - University of Sydney (Australia)

    Bachelor of Law - University of Sydney (Australia)

    Bachelor of Civil Law - University of Oxford (England)

    Master of Philosophy in Law - University of Oxford (England)

    Doctor of Philosophy in Law - University of Oxford (England)

Jonathan Bonnitcha is an Associate in with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program who is based in Sydney, Australia. He is also a Lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of New South Wales.

Jonathan works on international economic governance, with a particular focus on investment treaties. He has several years of practical experience as a lawyer in investment treaty arbitrations, including as a member of the legal team that successfully defended Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws against a multi-billion dollar claim. He has advised the governments of both developed and developing countries on investment treaty policy.

Jonathan contributes to IISD’s provision of advisory services to developing countries on questions of investment governance. He is also involved in several of IISD's ongoing research projects. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books on investment treaties, including as the co-author of The Political Economy of the Investment Treaty Regime which is set for publication in 2017 by Oxford University Press.

Jonathan obtained a doctorate, masters and bachelor of law from the University of Oxford, and obtained a bachelors degree in law and economics from the University of Sydney. He is qualified to practice law in Australia.


All Publications

  • IISD Best Practices Series: Compensation Under Investment Treaties (Advance Draft) This advance draft of the latest IISD Best Practices Series paper focuses specifically on the awards seen in various investment treaty arbitration cases, how they are determined and what can be learned going forward. Please note that this paper will be updated following comments.
  • Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 1, April 2019 Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD’s flagship journal on international investment law and policy.
  • Investment Laws of ASEAN Countries: A comparative review This report compares the investment laws of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states, focusing on basic questions relating to the function of investment laws in each country.
  • Assessing the Impacts of Investment Treaties: Overview of the evidence Investment treaties grant powerful legal rights to foreign investors. Foreign investors’ ability to frame plausible multimillion-dollar claims against a wide range of host government actions—and the fact that these claims are adjudicated through a system of private arbitration—has made investment treaties controversial. This scoping study seeks to provide an overview and assessment of existing evidence of investment treaties’ impacts.