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Dr Martins Paparinskis
Faculty of Laws
Bentham House
  • Reader in Public International Law
  • Faculty of Laws

Martins Paparinskis joined UCL Faculty of Laws in 2013. Prior to this, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College Oxford (2010-2013) and a Hauser Research Scholar at the New York University (2009-2010). He took an LL.B. from the University of Latvia, before coming to the UK to take his M.Jur. (with Clifford Chance Prize) and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. In 2016, he received UCL Laws Excellence Award for Legal Teaching (EXALT): Graduate. He is a Member of the PhD Scientific Board of the Doctoral College of the University of Milan-Bicocca (since 2017), and has held visiting positions at the National University of Singapore (2016) and the University of Bologna (2019).

Martins is the Book Review Editor of the Journal of World Investment and Trade, a member of the Academic Review Board of the Cambridge Journal of International Law, a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the University of Latvia. Law, a member of the Advisory Board of the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Investment Claims, a co-editor of Current Legal Problems, and a member of UCL Press executive group (editorial board). He is a member of the International Law Association’s Committee on Rule of Law and International Investment Law, and has been a member of its Committee on Non-State Actors and Study Group on the Use of Domestic Law Principles for the Development of International Law.

Martins is a member of the Council of Independent Experts in International and European Law with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia (since 2012), a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators (since 2014), a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (since 2017), a member of the management board of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (since 2017), a member of the Academic Forum on ISDS (and its Working Group 4: Incorrectness of ISDS Decisions) (since 2018), a member of the implementation committee of the UNECE Water Convention (since 2018), and a conciliator of the OSCE Court of Conciliation and Arbitration (since 2019). 

Research Summary

Martins is a generalist public international lawyer with a variety of specialist interests. He has published and spoken on generalist topics, such as law of treaties, State responsibility, and international dispute settlement, as well as on topics in the subfields of international investment law, international trade law, international human rights law, and international environmental law.

Teaching Summary

Public International Law (LAWS0027)


International and Global Environmental Law (LAWS0057)

International Arbitration (LAWS0080): Co-convenor

International Human Rights Law (LAWS0058) 

International Law of Foreign Investment (LAWS0090): Convenor

Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals (LAWS0082): Convenor

Academic Background
2010 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Public International Law University of Oxford
2006 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – Public International Law University of Oxford
2005 LLM Master of Laws – Law University of Oxford
2004 LLB Bachelor of Laws – Law Latvia State University
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