The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for EU–Australia Economic Cooperation’s principal objective is to identify opportunities for the EU and Australia to progress the bilateral economic relationship and to pursue shared objectives in regional and multilateral contexts. The Centre has appointed Dr Ottavio Quirico and Ivana Damjanovic as its 2019 Visiting Fellows to assist with this work. Ottavio and Ivana will be involved in researching investments issues in bilateral and multilateral contexts including joint efforts to reform investment dispute settlement globally. Their work will explore how negotiations in investment protection between Australia, the EU, and/or its Member States can prospectively evolve, and the significance of an investment agreement in the context of global economic developments.
Dr Ottavio Quirico is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of New England. Prior to that Ottavio was a Marie Curie Fellow at University Panthéon-Assas (Paris, France), Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), and Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (Cambridge, UK). He was a Lecturer at University Lille Nord de France and delivered undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Washington State University (Pullman, US), Federal University of Paraiba (João Pessoa, Brazil), Federal University of Porto Alegre (Brazil), and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (Turin, Italy). Ottavio has also acted as a consultant to the United Nations and practised in civil and criminal litigation in Europe.
Ivana Damjanovic is an Assistant Lecturer in Law at the University of Canberra. Her research is interdisciplinary, encompassing issues of law and politics in the area of investor-State dispute settlement within the context of the European Union. Ivana holds a Master of Economic Science from the University College Dublin and a Master of Laws from the University of Zagreb, and she has been admitted to practice law in Australia. She has taught law as a guest lecturer at universities in Asia (China and Bhutan). Her professional background encompasses nine years as a career diplomat for Croatia with postings in Europe and Australia, as well as research/policy roles for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.