I am a lawyer and political scientist interested in international relations. I currently teach at the University of Lausanne. My main research areas (on which I run separate blogs) are international (economic) law (with a special emphasis on Switzerland) and international legal developments relating to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression as well as sex characteristics (SOGIESC).
This open access book focuses on public actors with a role in the settlement of investment disputes. Traditional studies on actors in international investment law have tended to concentrate on arbitrators, claimant investors and respondent states. Yet this focus on the “principal” players in investment dispute settlement has allowed a number of other seminal actors to be neglected. This book seeks to redress this imbalance by turning the spotlight on the latter. From the investor’s home state to domestic courts, from sub-national governments to international organisations, and from political risk insurance agencies to legal defence teams in national ministries, the book critically reviews these overlooked public actors in international investment law.
An interesting article by my colleague and our alumna Mary Mayenfisch-Tobin, BCL (University College Dublin), LLM (University of Lausanne): Not Such a World Apart – From The United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland to Cork, Ireland
Drawing on her experience as a lawyer, lobbyist and lecturer, Mary Mayenfisch considers the intersection of business and human rights by observing the development of human rights standards of corporate responsibility and accountability, examining compliance with these national and international standards and questioning the role of the modern lawyer in all of this.
Congratulations to my Doctoral Student Sophie Thirion for Successfully Defending her PhD Thesis on Trade-Related Aspects of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (Trade and Environment)
Madame Sophie Thirion, titulaire d’une Licence en droit, sciences politiques et sociales, mention droit, obtenue auprès de l’Université Paris 1 – Panthéon – Sorbonne, d’un Master 1 en droit européen et international ainsi que d’un Master 2 en droit de l’environnement, tous deux également obtenus auprès de de l’Université Paris 1 – Panthéon – Sorbonne, a soutenu le 12 mars 2021 avec succès, en vue de l’obtention du grade de docteure en droit, sa thèse intitulée :
Le contrôle de la circulation mondiale du mercure et sa compatibilité avec les règles du commerce international – Etude de la procédure de consentement préalable en connaissance de cause de la Convention de Minamata
Un grand merci au jury !
Madame Concetta Pontecorvo, Professeure de droit international à l’Université de Naples – Fédéric II
Monsieur Franz Perrez, Ambassadeur de l’environnement, chef de division Affaires internationales, Office fédéral de l’environnement OFEV à Berne
Madame Juliette Voinov Kohler, Chargée de cours, CDCEI
Monsieur Francesco Maiani, Professeur, Président du jury
Monsieur Andreas R. Ziegler, Professeur, Directeur de thèse
Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law: Five Fully Funded Doctoral Candidates in EU and Comparative Procedural Law & International Law and Dispute Resolution The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg is currently recruiting for the International Max Planck Research School for Successful Dispute Resolution in International Law “IMPRS-SDR”: Five Fully Funded Doctoral Candidates in EU and […]
Call for Papers: Lessons Learned in Arbitration During the Pandemic – A Look-Ahead at a Conference in Switzerland – Arbitrators, Advocates, In-House Counsel, Arbitral Institutions & Academics
Lessons Learned in Arbitration During the Pandemic – A Look-Ahead at a Conference in Switzerland – Arbitrators, Advocates, In-House Counsel, Arbitral Institutions & Academics
The UNIL LL.M. Programme in International Business Law & CEDIDAC, along with the Hospitality and Tourism Law at the American University, Washington College of Law are inviting abstracts on the impact of COVID on disputes and arbitration in the hospitality industry and the construction industry. Extended Deadline for Abstracts: April 15, 2021Deadline for Papers: September 24, 2021Conference Date: October 15, 2021 (Planned for In-Person in Lausanne)
Topic Ideas & Suggestions
In order to encourage a wide range of submissions, UNIL’s LL.M. & CEDIDAC and HTL are prepared to facilitate interdisciplinary discussions among legal and academic faculty & researchers and practitioners to encourage abstracts on the most recent innovations, trends, concerns and practical challenges presented by COVID in industry and COVID restrictions on arbitration. Papers of interest might discuss the following topics. – The impact of COVID on the hospitality agreements or construction agreements; – The impact of COVID on arbitration; – The impact of COVID on using online dispute resolution; – After COVID, the landscape of arbitration and lessons-learned; – After COVID, the return to the new normal in legal agreements; – After COVID, the return to the new normal in operations as influenced by the pandemic; – After COVID, unintended economic partners and adversaries when banks foreclose on properties.
Submissions & Peer-Reviewed Publication
Abstracts of up to 500 words from scholars at any stage of their career should be sent to Dr. Shaheeza Lalani (email@example.com) with copy to Steven G. Shapiro (firstname.lastname@example.org). Selected papers will be included in a peer-reviewed publication, co-edited by Steven Shapiro).
UNIL & WCL
The UNIL LL.M. in International Business Law takes an interdisciplinary, comparative, and practice-oriented approach to enable young lawyers to face legal challenges in today’s global business environment. Offering the highest quality of teaching in small group settings and 5 specialisations, the Programme is taught by an international team of distinguished academics and practitioners. For more information, see www.unil.ch/llm.
The CEDIDAC is a center for continuing education, conferences and research, which hosts/co-hosts between 10 and 15 well-attended conferences per year. The CEDIDAC brings academics and practitioners together and has published more than 106 books, mostly in topics related to Swiss national law, since it was founded in 1985. Together the UNIL LL.M. & CEDIDAC host international conferences and publish edited volumes in their BRILL Series: International and Comparative Business Law and Public Policy.
The Hospitality & Tourism Law program at the American University, Washington College of Law is the sole program in the U.S. for unified legal studies of the industry. For more information, see www.wcl.american.edu/htl.
Great to see so much enthusiasm among our students in Lausanne promoting sustainability!
La Semaine de la durabilité est un évènement organisé par l’association UniPoly et plus particulièrement le comité d’organisation d’étudiant·e·s de l’UNIL et de l’EPFL.
Le but est de mettre en avant les initiatives locales et estudiantes afin de montrer leur diversité, essentielle pour toucher à tous les aspects de la durabilité de notre société et sont en corrélation avec le problème global de l’impact de l’être humain sur l’environnement et du réchauffement climatique.
Retrouver sur Facebook, le programme et les descriptifs vidéo des activités proposées du 15 au 19 mars 2021. Des événements sur des sujets variés et des idées alternatives pour aborder la durabilité sous un angle nouveau.
Le HUB de l’UNIL lance son “Innovation Challenge” sur la thématique de la réduction de l’empreinte carbone. Participer à cette 1ère édition « Campus 2030 ».
Congratulations to my former doctoral student Jonathan Rimdolmsom Kabre for publishing his spectacular thesis on the role of private counsel in international disputes involving States!
This doctoral thesis defended at the Law School of the University of Lausanne under the supervision of Professor Andreas R. Ziegler examines the work of lawyers and counsels in international litigation and is structured around two axes. The first axis aims at a triple objective of defining these lawyers in international litigation, clarifying the legal framework within which their action takes place and identifying the different roles they can play. In the second axis, the analysis focuses on the legitimacy of these private lawyers as agents of litigating States. In particular, questions relating to their representativeness, their accountability and the costs of their action are analyzed.