Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Dr. Joshua Curtis



Dr. Joshua Curtis is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the interdisciplinary Human Rights Under Pressure Programme - Ethics, Law and Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin, and a Visiting Fellow with the Laboratory for Advanced Research into the Global Economy and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a graduate of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland in Galway, where he gained a PhD in International Law and an LLM in International Human Rights Law. He received his BA (Honours) in Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy from the University of Adelaide, Australia. His doctoral thesis examined the nexus between 'Human Rights, Foreign Investment and International Cooperation', providing a comprehensive human rights critique of the present approach to foreign investment within development economics, international investment law, and the process of financing for development. He has provided legal advice to The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Cancer Society, Amnesty International (UK), the Informal Sector Service Centre (Nepal), and the Human Rights Law Centre (Australia).

Dr. Curtis has published on the specific nature of legal obligations on states to cooperate internationally, on the application of human rights law to the process of economic policy-making, and on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. His expertise is interdisciplinary, covering human rights law, international economic law, development economics and global economic governance. He has lectured on these and related subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and presented at numerous international conferences.

Dr. Curtis was a member of the expert working group updating the 2003 Tilburg Guiding Principles on the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Human Rights. He authored the 'Irish Centre for Human Rights Submission to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in Response to the 2012 Review of the White Paper on Irish Aid', which focussed on issues of EU and Member State obligations of policy coherence and human rights in the context of development, trade and investment policy. In this context he gave workshops and various consultations for high-level decision-makers including Irish members of the European Parliament. Dr. Curtis is currently an advisor to the South Centre (Geneva) and an academic member of the Extraterritorial Obligations Consortium (Heidelberg).

His current research focuses on a study of 'The EU, the BRICS, Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations and International Economic Governance'; an analysis of the duties of key state groupings in transnational economic governance from an approach that melds cooperative human rights obligations and heterodox development economics, with specific reference to the process of financing for development.

Courses taught at the Brandt School:

  • IPE: Governance Challenges in Trade, Investment and Development (with Bettina Rudloff) (WS 2015/16)