Peter A Allard School of Law

Ljiljana Biuković

LL.B. University of Belgrade 1986; LL.M. Central European University, Budapest 1995; LL.M. UBC 1995; Ph.D. UBC 2000


Dr. Biuković is a Professor in the Allard School of Law. She teaches Contract Law, European Union Law, and International Trade Law. Her research interests are in the areas of international economic law and European Union integration. She publishes regularly on topics of legal transplantation of international norms and standards by national governments, the impact of regionalism on multilateral trade negotiations, mega-regional trade and investment agreements, and the development of European Union. She acted as a co-investigator in the Major Collaborative Research Initiative research project on Coordinated Compliance of International Trade Law and Human Rights funded by SSHRC from 2011 to 2018. Her work focused on the interaction between international trade rules and local human rights norms and practices in the context of performance of international trade agreements and cooperation among developing countries. At present, Dr. Biuković examines issues on collective memories and international law as a part of a new research project funded by Franklin Lew Innovation Fund.

Dr. Biukovic currently supervises graduate students in the fields of international trade law and regional economic integration but she will not be accepting new graduate students in 2022/2023.


  • Contract Law
  • World Trade Systems
  • European Union Law
  • Regional Integration in the Americas


  • “Belts that Fasten Roads to Prosperity and Development: Transparency and Governance of New Banks”, Chapter 3 in Ljiljana Biukovic and Sarah C. Biddulph, eds, Good Governance in Economic Development: International Norms and Chinese Perspectives (UBC Press, 2019) 47-91
  • “International Good Governance Norms between the Global and the Local: China, Transparency, and Accountability”, co-author (50%) with Sarah C. Biddulph (26 pages manuscript), Chapter 1 in Ljiljana Biukovic and Sarah C. Biddulph, eds., Good Governance in Economic Development: International Norms and Chinese Perspectives (UBC Press, 2019) 3-44.
  • “Who Are the Important Actors in Shaping the Good Governance, Transparency and Accountability Principles?” co-author (50%) with Sarah. C. Biddulph, Chapter 11 in Ljiljana Biukovic and Sarah C Biddulph, eds., Good Governance in Economic Development: International Norms and Chinese Perspectives (UBC Press, 2019) 348-355.
  • “Grey Zones in the European Union: Between Flexibility and Uniformity of the State Aid Rules”, Chapter 6 in Daniel Drache and Les Jacobs, eds., Grey Zones in International Economic Law and Global Governance: Crises and Resilience (UBC Press, October 2018) 129-156.
  • Transparency Evolution: More Than the Right to Know,” in Ljiljana Biukovic and Pitman B. Potter eds., Local Engagement with International Economic Law and Human Rights“ (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017) 57-86. 

  • “Ratification of CETA: Complexities of Finalizing Trade Agreements” – a note on treaties, (2018) 12:1 Canadian International Lawyer 
  • “Is There Policy Space for Human Rights Linkages in China’s Trade and Investment Network?” in Daniel Drache and Les Jacobs, eds., Linking Global Trade and Human Rights; New Policy Space in Hard Economic Times (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014) pp. 274-299. 

  • "Transparency Issues in Negotiations of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union" (2012) 39:1 Legal Issues of Economic Integration 93-109.
  • "International Law Interrupted - A Case of Selective Adaptation (2010) 60 University of New Brunswick Law Journal 161-177.
  • "Anatomy of an Experiment: Consolidation of EU Contract Law" (2008) 42:1 UBC Law Review 277-314.
  • "Selective Adaptation of WTO Transparency Norms and Local Practices in China and Japan" (2008) 11 Journal of International Economic Law 1-23.
  • "The New Face of CEFTA and its Dispute Resolution Mechanism" (2008) 33:3 Review of Central and East European Law 253-294.
  • "Dispute Resolution Mechanisms and Regional Trade Agreements: South American and Caribbean Modalities" (2008) 14 UC Davis Journal of International Law and Policy 255-296.
  • "Compliance with International Treaties - Selective Adaptation Analysis" (2006) 44 Canadian Yearbook of International Law 451-477.

Publications listed on the Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database.

Liljana Profile

Organization Affiliations

  • Centre for Business Law

Research Interests

  • Comparative law
  • European Union Law
  • International law

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