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Max Weber Fellow 2020-2021

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (+39)-055-4685-603 (ext: 2603)
Office: VPA 206

European University Institute
Max Weber Programme
Via dei Roccettini, 9
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole

Departmental affiliation: Law

Mentor: Jürgen Kurtz


Josef Ostřanský specializes in international economic law, international dispute settlement, theory and history of international law, law and political economy, and socio-legal approaches to international law. More recently, his work has been exploring the uses of Marxist historical materialist approaches in international law and methods inspired by ethnography and legal anthropology.

During the Max Weber Fellowship, he will work on a book project entitled ‘Between Structures and Conjunctures: The Economy, State, and Democracy in International Investment Law’, which analyses the changes in the international regime on foreign investment over the last three decades against the background of broader politico-economic structures and processes. 

Prior to joining the EUI, Josef held Visiting Fellow positions at the PUC-Direito, Rio de Janeiro, FGV-Rio Law School, and the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), at the Australian National University. Before that, he was a lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where he taught international commercial and investment arbitration at the Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), and carried out academic research under the auspices of the Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS). 

Expertise for Teaching and Mentoring of Ph.D. Researchers

Josef has delivered lectures and presentations on international law at various universities around the world, and his work has been published in diverse international law journals. He holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (2017), an LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement – MIDS (2012), and obtained his first law degree at the Masaryk University, Czech Republic (2011).

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