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Education CV

LLM (Distinction), University of Leiden

LLB (Hons), University of Warwick

Latham & Watkins, Public International Law (2009-2010)

Legal Assistant, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2010)

Specialist in International Law, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (2010-11)

Lecturer, University of Vienna (2010-2011)

Visting Fellow, British Institute of International & Comparative Law (2011-2013)

Visiting Lecturer, University of Vienna (2011-present)


Fields of research

Public International Law; International Legal Theory; International Investment Law; International Adjudication; Law of the UN Security Council


The Politics of Method in International Law: 1980-2012


Supervisor: Professor James Crawford



Representative Publications


Books and Edited Collections

  1. ‘State Rights: Historical, Theoretical and Doctrinal Perspectives’ Special Volume in Cambridge Journal of International & Comparative Law (2015, forthcoming) (special editor and peer-reviewed).
  2. Fundamental Concepts for International Law: The Construction of a Discipline (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2015) (commissioned with Jean d’Aspremont)

Peer Reviewed Articles

  1. ‘The Potential of International Law: Fragmentation and Ethics’ 24 Leiden Journal of International Law (2011) 23-43   (included in list of most cited and downloaded articles in journal over last 5 years)
  2. ‘Children and Family in the UK Supreme Court’ 1 Cambridge Journal of International & Comparative Law (2013) 55-65 (with Katie O’Byrne)
  3. ‘Narrative and Method: Formalism and the Eternal Return’ British Yearbook of International Law (2013, forthcoming)     ***    Republished in amended form as: ‘Appendix 2: International Law as a Technical Discipline: Critical Perspectives on the Narrative Structure of a Theory’ in Jean d’Aspremont, Formalism and the Sources of International Law: A Theory of the Ascertainment of Legal Rules (OUP 2013) 236-261
  4. ‘Eugen Ehrlich’s ‘Living Law’ and its legacy for Legal Pluralism’ Journal of Legal Pluralism (2014, forthcoming)
  5. ‘Countermeasures and the Iranian Nuclear Issue: Problematic Tensions between the Law of Treaties and the Law of State Responsibility’ International Law Annual (2014, forthcoming).
  6. ‘The Politics of Method: Form’ Leiden Journal of International Law (under consideration)

Book Chapters & Conference Proceedings

  1. ‘Two Potential Paths forward in Fragmentation Discourse – Sociology and Ethics’ 105 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law (2011) 130-132
  2. ‘Non-Proliferation Law and Countermeasures’ in Daniel Joyner & Marco Roscini (eds.), Non-proliferation Law as a Special Regime: A Contribution to Fragmentation Theory in International Law (CUP 2012) 196-249                              *(cited in governmental papers in relation to Iran sanctions)
  3. ‘International Legal Positivism and New Approaches to International Law’ in Jean d’Aspremont and Jörg Kammerhofer (eds.), International Legal Positivism in a Post-modern World (CUP 2014, forthcoming)
  4. ‘The Politics of Disciplinarity and a Nostalgia for Identity’ in André Nollkaemper et al. (eds.), International Law as a Profession (forthcoming 2014) (select articles from ESIL 2013 Conference)
  5. ‘Koskenniemi’s Method’ in Wouter Werner (ed.), A Critical Engagement with Martti Koskenniemi (2015, forthcoming)

Book Reviews & Case Comments

  1. ‘Necessity in Investor-State Arbitration: The Sempra Annulment Decision’ (2010) EJIL: Talk! (2000 words)
  2. 'The Enron Annulment Decision’s Exposure of Necessity’s Endemic Uncertainty – A Welcome Critique (2010) EJIL: Talk! (2500 words)
  3. Book Review: Alexander Orakhelashvili, Peremptory Norms in International Law (OUP 2009) 14 Austrian Review of International and European Law (2009) [2013] 659-661
  4. Book Review: Samantha Besson and John Tasioulas (eds.), The Philosophy of International Law (OUP 2010) 15 Austrian Review of International and European Law (2010) [2013] 527-529
  5. Book Review: James Crawford, Alain Pellet and Simon Olleson (eds.), The Law of International Responsibility – Oxford Commentaries on International Law (OUP 2010) 15 Austrian Review of International and European Law (2010) [2013] 529-530
  6. ‘Iran, the Nuclear Issue and Countermeasures’ (2012) EJIL: Talk! (2500 words)
  7. Book Review: Mario Prost, The Concept of Unity in Public International Law (Hart 2012) British Yearbook of International Law, forthcoming
  8. Book Review: Jeffrey Dunoff and Mark Pollack, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations (CUP 2013) British Yearbook of International Law, forthcoming

Conference Presentations & Invited Lectures (selected only)

  1. Harvard Law School, Institute of Global Law & Policy Workshop, ‘The Politics of Disciplinarity in Contemporary International Law’, Invited Participant, Doha, Qatar, 3-12 January 2014 (forthcoming)
  2. University of Erfurt, ‘The Turn to History in International Law’, Invited Speaker, Weimer, Germany, 12-13 December 2013 (forthcoming) (invited without abstract)
  3. American Society of International Law (ASIL) Research Forum 2013, ‘The Contemporary Discipline of International Law: Theoretical Clashes Across the Ocean’, Panellist, New York City, 1 November 2013
  4. European Society of International Law (ESIL) Research Forum 2013, ‘Identifying Threats to the Identity of International Law’, Invited Panellist, Amsterdam, 24 May 2013 (invited without abstract)
  5. Cambridge Journal of International & Comparative Law Conference 2014, ‘Threats to the Tradition of International Law’, Panellist, Cambridge, 18 May 2013
  6. University of Durham, ‘Precedent and the International Court of Justice’, Invited Panellist, Durham, 26 April 2012 (invited without abstract)
  7. University of Amsterdam, ‘Positivism in a Postmodern World: The Case of International Investment Law’, Invited Panellist, Amsterdam, 3 November 2011 (invited without abstract)
  8. ELTE University of Budapest, ‘Human Rights and International Investment Law: Naïve Answers’, Invited Lecture, Budapest, 30 May 2011 (invited without abstract)
  9. International Law Association (ILA) British Branch Conference 2011, ‘Ethical Conflict and the Politics of Recognition post-Statehood: the Macedonia/Greece Dispute’ Panellist, Sheffield, 27 April 2011
  10. American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual Conference 2011, ‘Two Potential Paths Forward for Fragmentation Discourse: Sociology and Ethics’, Invited Panellist, New York City, 24 March 2011 (invited without abstract)
  11. University of Vienna, ‘Al-Sadoon, the European Court of Human Rights, the Death Penalty and Norm Conflict’, Invited Lecture, Vienna, 5 May 2010 (invited without abstract)
  12. King’s College London, ‘The Burden and Weight of Proof in International Maritime Law’, Invited Lecture, London, 29 January 2010 (invited without abstract)
  13. International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea, ‘The limits and legalities of States’ claims to the Outer Continental Shelf under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea’, Lecture given to judicial assistants, Latham & Watkins, London, 14 December 2009

Start Date

Jan 2017

End date

Jan 2017