Mr Gerard J. Sanders joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as General Counsel in August 2016. Previously, he was General Counsel at the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a specialized agency of the United Nations, working at its headquarters in Rome. Prior to that, Mr Sanders held various positions at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development working in its principal office in London, most recently as Deputy General Counsel. Earlier in his career, Mr Sanders worked for law firms in Wellington, Washington, D.C. and Amsterdam and in a corporate legal role in London.
Mr Sanders graduated B.Com., LL.B. from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and has graduate law degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and Harvard Law School. He is qualified to practice law in New Zealand, the State of Victoria, Australia, and England and Wales. Mr Sanders is a Chartered Accountant (Australia and New Zealand), a Senior Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Sanders is Adjunct Professor at Peking University Law School, Visiting Professor at China University of Political Science and Law and Professorial Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. He is Founding Editor of Law in Transition and General Editor of the AIIB Yearbook of International Law.
Mr Sanders has written extensively on the law of multilateral financial institutions, law and development and legal reform in developing countries. His most recent article, "The Rule of Law on the Silk Road: History, Culture, Perspectives", was published in November 2019 by the Harvard International Law Journal.
A part of this course will be co-taught with Dr Xuan Gao, Chief Counsel, Institutional, AIIB and Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Manchester Journal of International Economic Law.