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Jürgen Kurtz

Professor of International Economic Law, LAW/RSCAS

Jurgen Kurtz croppedJürgen Kurtz has been appointed Professor of International Economic Law at the EUI from 1 January 2018. He will be on leave from the University of Melbourne Law School where he has taught since 2003. Jürgen researches in the various strands of international economic law, including the World Trade Organization and international investment law. He has a particular interest in the justification and impact of treaty disciplines on regulatory autonomy and development strategies. Jürgen is the author of The WTO and International Investment Law: Converging Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He has acted as party-nominated arbitrator in ICSID proceedings and as expert consultant to the World Bank, the European Union, the ASEAN Secretariat, UNDP and UNCTAD. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Society of International Economic Law, and the editorial boards of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement and the Journal of World Investment and Trade. Jürgen was a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the EUI in 2010. 

Supervision Interests

"I welcome research proposals on all aspects of international economic law, including its historiography, current manifestations and reform agendas.  I especially encourage researchers to explore the complexity of this field through conceptual and inter-disciplinary perspectives." 

Research Interests

  • International economic law including the World Trade Organization and bilateral and regional trade and/or investment agreements
  • Legal hermeneutics and jurisprudential borrowing in public international law
  • Political economy
  • Development theory

Research Projects

  • ASEAN’s Collective Regulation of Foreign Investment:  In collaboration with Sungjoon Cho (Chicago-Kent College of Law), Jürgen is exploring patterns of transplant, innovation and redundancy in the construction of foreign investment rules among the members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
  • When Regimes Clash on Capital Controls:  With funding from the Hong Kong University Grants Committee, Jürgen and Bryan Mercurio (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Ross Buckley (University of New South Wales), and Jesus Seade (Lignan University, Hong Kong) are exploring conflicting approaches by different international regimes on the imposition of capital controls by developing states.  
  • Transforming the Investment Treaty System:  With Anthea Roberts (Australian National University) and other collaborators in Europe and Canada, Jürgen is in the early stages of a project to systemically map and evaluate the investment treaty regime’s complexity and evolution.

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 459 / 993

Email: [email protected]

Administrative Assistant: Anna Di Biase

Postal address: Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies | Via Boccaccio 121 | 50133 Florence - Italy (Offices: Villa Schifanoia, VS136)

Working Languages: English, German, Spanish (passive)


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