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Education CV



  • PhD in Law at the University of Cambridge (Gonville & Caius College) (2022 – )
  • Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (2023)
  • Hague Academy of International Law – Winter Courses in Public and Private International Law, Directed Studies (2020)
  • Legal Practice Course at BPP University – Distinction (2016 – 2017)
  • LLM in International Dispute Resolution at King’s College London – Distinction (2015 – 2016)
  • LLB Hons at King’s College London – Upper Second Class Honours (2012 – 2015)


Select scholarships and awards

  • AHRC Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership Award to undertake a PhD at the University of Cambridge (2022 – )
  • W. M. Tapp Studentship to undertake a PhD as part of Gonville & Caius College (2022 – )
  • Max Planck Fellowship (2023)
  • Nominated by King’s College London for the Georg Schwarzenberger International Law Prize (2016)
  • Best dissertation on the International Dispute Resolution LLM pathway at King’s College London (2016)
  • KCL Masters’ Support Scheme Award to undertake an LLM at King’s College London (2015 – 2016)
  • King’s College London Experience Research Award for outstanding research assistance (2015)


Professional qualifications

  • Admitted as a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience (Civil Advocacy) in England and Wales (2022)
  • Qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales (2019)


Relevant professional work experience

  • Van Bael & Bellis, London – Associate (full-time), International Arbitration and Public International Law (April 2022 – October 2022)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills, London – Associate (full-time), International Arbitration and Public International Law (September 2019 – April 2022)
  • BP plc, London – Trainee Solicitor (full-time) (March 2019 – August 2019)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills, London – Trainee Solicitor (full-time) in the following groups: International Arbitration and Public International Law; Competition, Regulation and Trade; and Corporate Energy, Infrastructure and Natural Resources (August 2017 – March 2019)
  • UNHCR – MADE51 (during employment at Herbert Smith Freehills) – Pro Bono Legal Adviser (March 2018 – April 2022)
  • See also relevant research experience.


Relevant research experience

  • Research Assistant to Dr Silvia Borelli, King’s College London (2016 – 2021)
  • Research Assistant, Peace Brigades International (2018)
  • Research Assistant to Professor Eva Pils, King’s College London (2016)
  • Research Assistant to Professor Florian Grisel, University of Oxford (2014 – 2017)
  • Research Assistant to Dr Cian Murphy, King’s College London (2014)


Teaching and academic activities

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (LLB Paper 38 International Law; LLM Paper 29 International Investment Law, Graduate Workshop), University of Cambridge (2022 – )
  • Cambridge International Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief (2023 – 2024), Managing Editor (2022 – 2023)
  • Research Affiliate and International Law and War Reading Group Convenor, King’s College London (2015 – 2019)


Language skills

  • Romanian (native); German (native); English (fluent); French (fluent); Spanish (fluent); Portuguese (advanced)


Fields of research


General treaty law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international investment law, international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration

Research centres and interest groups


Representative Publications


  • Helin Laufer, ‘Towards Greener Arbitrations – The Green Protocols’ in Arbitration in favour of the Bulgarian Business – Challenges and Perspectives (Collection with reports from the conference held by the Court of Arbitration at the Bulgarian Industrial Association on 30 November 2022, Bozhidar Danev 2023), forthcoming
  • Nick Lawn and Helin Laufer, ‘The 2022 ICSID Arbitration Rules’ (2022) Vol 59 Iss 2 Romanian Arbitration Journal 37
  • Helin Laufer and Alexandru Stan, ‘Environmental Sustainability Endeavours in International Arbitration: The Green Protocols’ (2022) Vol 58 Iss 1 Romanian Arbitration Journal 89
  • Silvia Borelli and Helin Laufer, ‘Hors de combat and other non-combatants’ in Damien Rogers (ed), International Human Rights in War (Springer 2021)
  • Helin Laufer and Anton Shagalov, ‘Arbitration Rules on Multi-party Proceedings: A Global Round-up’ (2021) Vol 55 Iss 2 Romanian Arbitration Journal 93
  • Helin M. Laufer, ‘War, weapons and watchdogs: an assessment of the legality of new weapons under international human rights law’ (2017) Vol 6 Iss 1 Cambridge Journal of International Law 62
  • Helin Laufer, ‘The Past, Present and Future of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights – A Prediction’ (2015) 1 Anglo-German Law Journal 159
  • Publishing regularly on matters of public international law and international arbitration in arbitration publications, such as Kluwer Arbitration Blog and Global Arbitration Review