Joe Zhang

Senior Law Advisor

Joe Zhang joined IISD’s Geneva office in 2014. As a Senior Law Advisor for IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program, his work focuses on international investment law and policy.

Since joining IISD, Joe has been advising developing country governments on international investment law issues, investment treaty negotiations, investment contract negotiations, and the development of sound domestic investment laws and policies from a sustainable development perspective. Joe also closely follows the discussions on business and human rights.

Among his recent projects are reforming the investment-related international dispute settlement regime as well as incorporating corporate accountability mechanisms in international treaties.

Before joining IISD, Joe worked as an attorney for leading international firms in the areas of commercial arbitration, capital markets and foreign direct investment. He is a member of the Oklahoma State Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association and is qualified to practice law in China.

Additional information

Areas of expertise
Investment Law & Policy
Sustainable Finance
Food and Agriculture
Governance and Multilateral Agreements
Asian and Comparative Law
Energy (Alternative Technology)
International Law
Investment (Chinese Sustainable)
Investor-State Dispute Settlement
Staff type
Master of Laws–Asian and Comparative Law, University of Washington School of Law, 2007
Juris Doctor, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2006
Bachelor of Arts, East China University of Politics and Law, 2003