University of Calgary

Elizabeth Whitsitt

  • Associate Professor


Professor Whitsitt teaches various courses in international law and dispute resolution at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law. Professor Whitsitt received her LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University and completed her PhD this past fall. Her PhD research focused on the intersection of trade law and investment arbitration. More specifically, her work considered the role that adjudicators play in the continuing conversation about the relationship between the international trade and international investment law regimes and the extent to which the international trade and international investment law regimes are uniting through the process of adjudication.Professor Whitsitt has published and presented extensively in the areas of international trade and investment law. She is also the recipient of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Killam Memorial Scholarship and the Marc Lalonde Prize for Excellence in International and Commercial Arbitration.

Professor Whitsitt is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL) the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and the European Society of International Law (ESIL).

Professor Whitsitt is also an appointed to Canada’s Roster for NAFTA Chapter 19 Binational Panels.

Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law research group


Law 549: International Law
Law 579: Legal Theory - International Law
Law 597: International Trade Law
Law 628: International Investment Law

Research/Scholarly Activities

Professor Whitsitt’s research profile engages a variety of issues and themes in the area of public international law, particularly international economic law. Her research interests include work on the unifying role of adjudication in global economic governance and the relationship between international economic law and the regulation of natural resources, energy, environment and human rights..

Confederation of Scholars profile

Research areas:

  • Public International Law
  • International Trade Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Dispute Settlement
  • Intersection between disciplines of International Economic Law
  • Intersection between disciplines of International Economic Law and regulation of Natural Resources, Energy, Environment and Human Rights

Graduate Students

Course-based LLM

  • Adrianna Da Silva Bellini
  • Stephanie Leitch
  • Romeo Rojas
  • Robert Sroka

Selected Publications and Presentations

Academic Journals

  • Elizabeth Whitsitt and Stephanie Mullen “ICSID and Legislative Consent to Arbitrate: Questions of Applicable Law” (2017) 32(1) ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal 92-115.
  • Elizabeth Whitsitt and Stephanie Mullen "Quantum, annulment and the requirement to give reasons: analysis and reform"(2016) 32(1) Arbitration International 59-80.
  • Elizabeth Whitsitt "A Comment on the Public Morals Exception in International Trade and the EC- Seal Products Case: Moral Imperialism and Other Concerns" 3(4) Cambridge Journal of International & Comparative Law 1376.
  • Elizabeth Whitsitt, "The Role of Canadian Courts in the Legitimization of NAFTA Chapter Eleven Tribunal Decisions" (2014) 65 UNB Law Journal 126-156.
  • Elizabeth Whitsitt, "A Modest Victory at the WTO for Ontario’s FIT Program" (2014) 20(1) UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy.

Book Chapters

  • "Aquaculture and trade: trade law and trade-related multilateral environmental agreements" in Nigel Bankes, Irene Dah, and David VanderZwaag (eds), Aquaculture Law and Policy: Global, Regional and National Perspectives (Edward Elgar, 2016) 33-62 (with Professor Nigel Bankes),
  • “Arctic Marine Mammals in international environmental law and trade law” in Leif Christian Jensen and Geir Hønneland (eds), Handbook of the Politics of the Arctic, (Edward Elgar, 2015) 185 – 206 (with Professor Nigel Bankes).
  • Elizabeth Whitsitt & Todd Weiler, "Sovereign Wealth Funds and Bilateral Investment Treaties' New Models: Issues, New Trends and State Practice" in Fabio Bassan ed, Research Handbook on Sovereign Wealth Funds and International Investment Law (Edward Elgar, 2015)
  • Jennifer Koshan & Elizabeth Whitsitt, "The Province of Persons: The Alberta Supreme Court and Women's Equality" in The Alberta Supreme Court at 100 edited by Jonathan Swainger (Edmonton: The University of Alberta Press, 2007).


  • National Reporter (Canada) “Tax Treaty Arbitration Conference” Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, Rust, Austria (July 5-7, 2018).
  • “Effect of International Law in Canada” New Law Librarians Institute, Calgary, Alberta (June 21, 2018).
  • “CETA Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Will Reform Enhance Legitimacy?” CETA Implementation: Next Steps, Dalhousie University co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union, Halifax, NS (May 18, 2018).
  • (with Todd Weiler) "The WTO Dispute Settlement Model: A Solution to Concerns about Investment Treaty Arbitration? Be Careful What You Ask for Because You Just Might Get It," Investment Courts: Challenges and Perspectives, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark (February 1-2, 2018).
  • "Finding Refuge in the Exceptional: Using Public Morals as a Basis for Managing Natural Resources in the Arctic," 2014 annual conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, Bergen, Norway (June 26-27, 2014).
  • “The Role of Canadian Courts in the Legitimization of NAFTA Chapter Eleven Tribunal Decisions” 2013 Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL), Ottawa, Ontario (November 11-14, 2013).
  • “The Evolution of International Investment Law and Its Application to the Energy Sector” Canadian Energy Law Foundation Jasper Research Seminar, Jasper, Alberta (June 19-22, 2013).
  • "Uncommon Remedies in International Dispute Resolution" at International Law in a Multipolar World, the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), Washington, DC (April 4, 2013).

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