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Researcher biography

Dr Radha Ivory is a Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland, Australia. She researches problems at the intersection of transnational criminal law, international human rights law, and global governance. Dr Ivory seeks to understand the impact of globalised economic crime controls on individuals, companies, and communities around the world.

Dr Ivory qualified for legal practice at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills), Australia, before joining a NGO self-regulation initiative, Building Safer Organisations, in Geneva’s humanitarian hub, in 2006. During her time in Switzerland, Dr Ivory contributed to international assistance projects and undertook a PhD with Professor Anne Peters, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law since 2013. Dr Ivory graduated from the University of Basel with a doctor in laws (summa cum laude) in 2012.

In parallel to her doctoral and project work, Dr Ivory co-authored several publications with Professor Mark Pieth, immediate past Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions and Chairman of the Board of the Basel Institute on Governance. At the Basel Institute, Dr Ivory was a Legal Expert within the International Centre for Asset Recovery and a Senior Expert within the Centre on Collective Action.

Dr Ivory returned to her alma mater, The University of Queensland, in 2013 as a visiting scholar. She joined the faculty in 2014. Her PhD thesis was published as monograph by Cambridge University Press that year. Corruption, Asset Recovery, and the Protection of Property in Public International Law: The Human Rights of Bad Guys was republished in 2016 in paperback.

In her new research project, Legitimacy and Compliance in the Global Anti-corruption Business – Multinational Corporations as Enforcers of Transnational Criminal Law, Dr Ivory is combining her interests in corporate criminal liability and the public law impacts of corruption controls. Dr Ivory elaborated the concept for this project during her Visiting Fellowship to the London School of Economics and Political Science (Summer 2015/2016). At the LSE, she was based at the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy, within the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

Within the TC Beirne School of Law, Dr Ivory lectures on company law and supervises student research.