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Education CV


  • PhD Researcher in Law, St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge (2020-present)
  • LLM with a specialisation in International Law (First Class) Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge (2019-2020)
  • LLB (Honours) International and European Law (summa cum laude) University of Groningen (2016-2019)

Scholarships and Academic Awards

  • Jacobson Scholarship in International Law (2020-present) St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge
  • EM Burnett Prize (2020) Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
  • Academic Achievement Award (2017) University of Groningen

Teaching Experience

  • Course Co-Convenor on Jessup Memorial Writing, Jilin University (2021)
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Co-Coach, Cambridge University Team (2020-2021)

Research Experience

  • Research Assistant to Dr Gregory Messenger (2021)
  • Associate Fellow, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (2020)
  • Research Assistant to Dr Markus Gehring (2020)
  • Research and Conference Assistant to Professor Panos Merkouris (2019)
  • Research Assistant to Professor Sofia Ranchordas (2018-2019)
  • Research Assistant to Professor Dimitry Kochenov (2017-2018)
  • Research Assistant to Dr Zeeshan Mansoor (2016-2017)

Editing Experience

  • Managing Editor (prev. General Editor) Cambridge International Law Journal (2019-present)
  • Executive Blog Editor (prev. Blog Editor and Copy Editor) Groningen Journal of International Law (2017-2020)
  • Junior Editor, Review of European Administrative Law (2018-2019)
  • Reviewer, RUG Honours Review (2017-2018)

Fields of research

International Economic Law, Law of Treaties, Theory of International Law, EU External Relations Law, Law and Economics


Figments of Fragmentation in International Trade Law: Examining the Relationship between WTO Law and Regional Trade Agreements


Dr Lorand Bartels (Supervisor)

Professor Simon Deakin (Advisor) 

Start Date

Oct 2020




"A Moral Stretch? US – Tariff Measures and the Public Morals Exception in WTO Law" World Trade Review

World Trade Review
Published: Forthcoming

"Beyond Powder Kegs and Crystal Balls: Finding Meaning in the Appellate Body’s Interpretation of WTO Law" [2020] 8(1) GroJIL 1-29

[2020] 8(1) GroJIL 1-29
Published: Sep 2020

Blog Posts

Conference Papers

"A Moral Stretch? US – Tariff Measures and the Public Morals Exception in WTO Law" (10th Annual PEPA/SIEL Conference)

10th Annual PEPA/SIEL Conference
Published: Apr 2021


Assessing EU FTA Environmental Obligations: Putting The Draft EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement Into Perspective

Markus W Gehring and Freedom-Kai Phillips
Body / Institution:
Published: Aug 2020