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Legal Paths in the World of International Organizations

November 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In this two-part series featuring the General Counsel of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Gerard Sanders (LLM ’92) and Chief Counsel (Institutional), Xuan Gao, the lecture will provide an overview and update on the development of the newest multilateral development bank, followed by a session the following day on developing a legal career in the world of international organizations. Lunch will be provided. Co-sponsors: EALS, OPIA, HALS, CLA, and Rule of Law Society.

Gerard Sanders – General Counsel

Gerard joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as General Counsel in August 2016. Prior to joining AIIB, Gerard was General Counsel at the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a specialized agency of the United Nations, working at its headquarters in Rome. Previously, Mr Sanders held various positions at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development working in its principal office in London, most recently as Deputy General Counsel. Earlier in his career, Mr Sanders worked for law firms in Wellington, Washington, D.C. and Amsterdam and in a corporate legal role in London.

Mr Sanders graduated B.Com., LL.B. from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and has graduate law degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and Harvard Law School. He is qualified to practice law in New Zealand, the State of Victoria, Australia, and England and Wales. He is a Chartered Accountant (NZ). Mr Sanders is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is Visiting Professorial Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, and Founding Editor of ‘Law in transition’.

Xuan Gao – Chief Counsel

Xuan Gao is Chief Counsel, Institutional at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and is a member of the management team of the Office of the General Counsel. Xuan has formerly served in various positions at the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, INTERPOL and the People’s Bank of China. He is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law and has published extensively on international law issues with Oxford, Brill and Kluwer. Xuan received his Ph.D. and LL.M. from the University of Manchester and LL.B. from China University of Political Science and Law.


November 15, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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WCC 1010 Classroom


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