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Education CV



  • PhD in Law at the University of Cambridge (Gonville & Caius College) (2022 – )
  • 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 – )
  • 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 (LLM Paper 29 International Investment Law, Graduate Workshop), University of Cambridge (2022 – )
  • Cambridge International Law Journal, Managing Editor (2022 – )
  • 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


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