Dr Sadeq Z Bigdeli

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: LLB (Dist) Tehran MILE (summa) Bern LLM Harvard PhD (summa) Bern

About Me

Sadeq Z. Bigdeli holds an LLB from Tehran University and an LLM from Harvard Law School. At Harvard, Sadeq was a member of submission committees of Harvard International Law Journal and Harvard Environmental Law Review. He is also a summa cum laude graduate of the Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) programme of the World Trade Institute (University of Bern). Hid PhD on "Energy and Climate Subsidies in International Economic Law" was awarded summa cum laude by the University of Berne (Faculty of Law) and was recognized by examiners as a 'significant contribution to the field'.

Sadeq has delivered lectures at the post-graduate level at the Universities of Bern, Neuchâtel, Zurich and St.Gallen and presented papers in a number of international conferences such as the American Society of International Law and the Society of International Economic Law as well as international organizations such as the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme. He has been an observer of the Committee of International Law on Biotechnology of the International Law Association. In 2007-8, Sadeq was a senior fellow at the World trade Institute where he was co-leader of a significant research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which focused on energy and climate change from the perspective of WTO law and policy. In that capacity he co-edited a volume on International Trade Regulation and the Mitigation of Climate published by Cambridge University Press (2009) to which he also contributed a chapter. Sadeq’s publications in the field of climate change and WTO law of subsidies are widely cited by prominent scholars in the field. Sadeq is experienced in holding training sessions on trade regulation for government officials and businesses communities from both developed and developing countries. He also has more than three year of professional experience in legal practice in the Middle East on international business matters including contracts, foreign direct investment and energy.

Sadeq teaches Jurisprudence and Public International Law in the undergraduate programme and International Trade Regulation at the postgraduate level.


Commercial/Contract Law; Environmental Law; Law

Recent Publications

  • Martin, P., Bigdeli, S., Daya-Winterbottom, T., Du Plessis, W., & Kennedy, A. (2015). The Search for Environmental Justice. ICUN Academy of Environmental Law.

  • Bigdeli, S. Z. (2014). Clash of Rationalities: Revisiting the trade and environment debate in light of WTO disputes over green industrial policy. Trade Law and Development, VI(1), 177-209. Open Access version: hdl:10289/9586

  • Bigdeli, S. Z. (2012). Is multilateralism in crisis?. In WTO Public Forum 2012 (pp. 8 pages). Geneva. Retrieved from Open Access version: hdl:10289/9587

  • Bigdeli, S. (2011). Legal positivism in the pre-constitutional era of late nineteenth-century Iran. Waikato Law Review, 19(2), 174-187. Open Access version: hdl:10289/9589

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Bigdeli, Dr Sadeq 8233 sadeq N.5.19 Law, Faculty of

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