SJD Program


Katayoon Beshkardana

SJD Graduate


Katayoon Beshkardana, an SJD Gradute at American University Washington College of Law, completed her dissertation titled, Delegation of Authority to International Dispute Settlement Bodies: Case of The WTO Appellate Body and The ICSID Annulment Committee." She sought to fill the gap in the existing literature on judicial activism in international trade and investment law. Her dissertation attempts to address the limitations to the interpretive function of Dispute Settlement Bodies, the structural complexities of international judicial appointments in face of unexpected and often unwelcome rulings, and the role of these judicial bodies in advancing the laws of international trade and investment, legal transparency, and procedural coherence.

Prior to joining the Washington College of Law SJD program, Ms. Beshkardana worked as an in-house legal counsel and the head of international investment contracts negotiations for several Iranian private companies.

Degrees & Universities

SJD Candidate, American University, Washington College of Law
LL.M., American University, Washington College of Law, 2016
LL.M., University of Shahid Beheshti, Tehran, Iran, 2009
Master of laws, European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization, Venice, Italy, 2008
LL.B., University of Allameh Tabatabai, Tehran, Iran, 2005

Areas of Specialization

International Trade and Investment Law
Investor-State Dispute Settlement
International Organizations
Law of Treaties


Commercial Arbitration in International Contracts, Iranian Society of Consulting Engineers, Autumn 2012 (Farsi).

The Right to Democracy in Contemporary International Law, International Law Journal, Iran Center for International Legal Affairs (CILA), No. 47, Autumn-Winter 2012-2013 (Farsi).

In the Interest of Justice: Prosecutorial Discretionary Power under Article 53 of the Rome Statute, Iranian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law Studies, University of Shahid Beheshti, Faculty of Law, No. 5, 2012 (English).


Iranian American Academics and Professionals, Scholarship Award, Outstanding Academic Achievements, January 2016; Washington DC, USA