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About Kish Parella

Kish Parella’s research is in international economic law, with a focus on the cross-border regulation of corporations and other non-state actors.  Her current research explores issues at the intersection of international law and organizational theory.  Parella’s research relies on institutional analysis to explore the ways that formal regulation incentivizes and influences private ordering.
Before joining the faculty of Washington and Lee, Professor Parella was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Villanova University School of Law where she taught contracts and international arbitration. Prior to entering the legal academy, Professor Parella practiced international litigation and arbitration in the Washington, D.C. office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where her clients were multinational and sovereign entities engaged in complex disputes before U.S. courts and international tribunals. Professor Parella graduated from Duke Law School, where she served as an articles editor of Duke Law Journal. She specialized in international law with a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, England and a LL.M. in International & Comparative Law from Duke Law School. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.


Present Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law

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