Asif H. Qureshi

Visiting Professor of Law
Asif H. Qureshi


International Economic Law including WTO and Investment Law; International Taxation; and Public International Law


Asif Qureshi is Professor of International Economic Law at the School of Law, Korea University, Seoul, Korea, since 2012. Between 1985 to 2015 he has been a Professor at the Law School, University of Manchester, UK. He is a barrister attached to Quadrant Chambers in London, UK since 1998. In 2002 he was appointed by the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to be a member of the Roster of WTO Non-Governmental Panelists eligible for Panel service. He was a long-standing member of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on International Trade; and is currently a member of the ILA Committee on the Rule of Law and International Investment Law and the ILA Study Group on International Tax Law. Asif Qureshi is the founding Editor-in-Chief: Manchester Journal of International Economic Law. He has held various Visiting Professorships including at Osaka University, Japan; University of Malaya, Malaysia; Fudan Law School, Fudan University, Shanghai, and Tsinghua University Law School, Beijing, China; University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Sorbonne Paris One; and Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia. In 1992 he was a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School, Yale University, US.

He has acted as a consultant to and for various governments and international organizations on WTO law including Pakistan, Saudi-Arabia, Cambodia, Korea, the Commonwealth Secretariat; the European Commission; and the WTO. In 2016 he served in the Legal Department of the IMF as a Visiting Professor. He has published over sixty articles/chapters in international journals and more than ten books including Interpreting WTO Agreements (Cambridge University Press: 2006 and 2015); Contextualising International Law in Northeast Asia (Hart: 2018); International Economic Law (Sweet and Maxwell: 1999, 2007, 2011 and 2019); and the Public International Law of Taxation (Kluwer: 1994 and 2019). His works are regularly cited and used globally.

In 2018 the title of Honorary Seoul Citizen was conferred on him.

Current Courses:

International Economic Law


  • Interpreting WTO Agreements: Problems and Perspectives (Cambridge University Press: Second Edition 2015). 
  • Contextualizing International Law in Northeast Asia (Hart: 2018) 
  • International Economic Law (co-authored with Andreas Ziegler)  (Sweet and Maxwell: Fourth Edition: 2019). Forward written by Roberto Azevedo WTO Director General.
  • The Public International Law of Taxation, (Co-authored with Ajay Kumar) (Kluwer Law International 2019)


  • ‘Distinguished Essay: Reflections on the Global Trading Order Twenty Years After Marrakesh: A Development Perspective’ in European Yearbook of International Economic Law (2014). 
  • ‘The FTA Paradigm for the Configuration of World Trade and Foreign Investment: The Case of Outward Processing Zones’. Journal of World Trade Feb 2014
  • ‘Interpreting Exceptions in the WTO Agreement: Lessons from the New Haven School’ Asia Pacific Law Review. Issue 1 of 2014.
  • ‘WTO Appellate Body Interpretations of TRIPS: Problems and Perspectives,’ Jointly with Minyoung Ko, Asian Business Lawyer Volume 15 p.81 (2015)
  • ‘China/Pakistan Economic Corridor: National and International Law Implications,’ December 2015 Chinese Journal of International Law
  • ‘Contextualizing International Law in the Northeast Asian Matrix,’ KLRI Journal of Law and Legislation. Vol.6 No.2, 2016
  • International Legal Aspects of ‘Monetary’ Relations In Northeast Asia,’ June 2017, Chinese Journal of International Law
  • ‘International Legal Aspects of Free Trade Agreements in Northeast Asia’ Manchester Journal of International Economic Law Volume 16 Issue 1 2019 p.2-27.
  • ‘The World Trade Organization and the Promotion of Effective Dispute Resolution: In Times of a Trade War’ AIIB Yearbook of International Law 2019