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Gerard J. Sanders

Gerard J.

Honorary Professor and Senior Adviser to the President and General Counsel Emeritus, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank


Mr Sanders is Senior Adviser to the President and General Counsel Emeritus of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, an international financial institution headquartered in Beijing. He earlier served as General Counsel of the AIIB. 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., LLB 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 the University of Tokyo, and Honorary Professor at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. He is Founding Editor of "Law in Transition" and is Inaugural General Editor of the AIIB Yearbook of International Law.

Mr Sanders has written and taught 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 by the Harvard International Law Journal.


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