Seminar on European and International Economic Law 

UEF Law School is organizing its first Seminar on European and International Economic Law in January – March 2019. The seminar is part of the curriculum, but is as well open to anyone interested. We invite all interested in the topics to participate the lectures. You may join us for as many lectures you wish, or complete the course (in this case, please refer to Weboodi for the course requirements).

The seminar consists of six lectures given by international legal practitioners and academics in the field of European and international economic law. 

The lectures will cover some of the most important current aspects of both European and international economic law and provide participants with the skills to follow current discussions of the topics. The topics will include for example aspects of international investment law, trade law and energy law.

Each seminar lecture is scheduled for 5 hours, at 12:15-17:00, followed by a networking opportunity at the end of the lecture. 

The language of the seminar is English.

In order for us to be able to organize the networking events as well as to inform you about any possible changes in the schedule, please register here for the lectures in which you wish to participate.



11.1.2019 (AU202) 'International Energy Law', Prof. Kim Talus

 8.2.2019  (AU205)  'WTO dispute settlement – recent developments', Dr. Dylan Geraets

15.2.2019 (AU202)  'Recent Developments in International Investment Law in the EU Context', Prof. Nikos Lavranos

1.3.2019  (AU202)   'Nexus of Climate Change, Brexit and Trade Law', Prof. Rafael Leal-Arcas

15.3.2019 (AU202) 'The Present and Future of the Energy Charter Treaty in the EU’, Dr. Gloria Alvarez

29.3.2019 (AU206)  'Getting our Hands Dirty: Dealing with Crime and Corruption in International Trade and Investment Law', Prof. Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer



Dr. Gloria Alvarez

Gloria is currently Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, where she is the Director of Research on Energy Law and Dispute Resolution. She has held academic positions at Queen Mary University of London, Max Planck Institute of Procedural Law (Luxemburg) and the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. She studied law in King's College London, Paris I: Pantheon - Sorbonne and Queen Mary University of London.

Gloria's current research agenda focuses on international arbitration and the concept of justice. She is particularly interested in climate change, energy justice, international investment law, EU law and Latin America. Gloria has experience in LCIA, ICSID proceedings and accepts appointments as arbitrator.

She is an Associate Editor of Kluwer Arbitration Blog and is in the Editorial Board of European Investment Law and Arbitration Review (EILA Rev) and Journal of International Arbitration (JOIA).


Dr. Dylan Geraets

Dr. Dylan Geraets is an associate in the Brussels office of Mayer Brown, where he is part of the Government & Global Trade ("GGT") practice group. He advises clients on a wide range of issues in the field of international trade. His practice focuses on international dispute settlement (including WTO dispute settlement), trade defence measures, customs rules, trade negotiations, export controls, and economic sanctions. He has represented clients, both sovereigns and corporate entities, in WTO dispute settlement proceedings and in proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU").

Earlier in his career Dylan served as an intern in the Appellate Body Secretariat of the WTO and as a civil servant for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Dylan is an Affiliated Senior Researcher at KU Leuven and a Senior Member of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (GGS). In 2016 Dylan joined the Academic Board of the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law (EMC2), after having been a coach of KU Leuven teams participating in the competition. He regularly speaks at international conferences, such as the SIEL Global Conference. Dylan published a monograph entitled 'Accession to the World Trade Organization - A Legal Analysis' with Edward Elgar in 2018. His research has been published in the Journal of International Economic Law, the World Trade Review, the Journal of World Trade, and the Global Trade and Customs Journal.

Dylan is fluent in English and German in addition to his native Dutch.


Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos, LLM







Nikos is an expert in investment law & arbitration who has expertise in advising, litigating, negotiating, drafting legislation and providing expert witness reports. His clients are both investors and States. He combines his experience as policy maker and negotiator, legal consultant, academic and leading opinion maker. In addition to investment law & arbitration, Nikos also covers WTO law, EU law and the interaction between international law, European law and national law.

In 2017 he set up NL-Investmentconsulting, a new, high-quality, no-nonsense, boutique law firm (see more here).  He is Arbitrator and Mediator for the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC), Mediator for the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCAI) and Mediator on the Panel of Mediators of the Energy Community. He is member of the Public International Law Advisory Group. He is Of Counsel at Wöss & Partner.

His academic appointments encompass the following positions: Guest Professor 'International Investment Law' at the Free University Brussels - Brussels Diplomatic Academy, Senior Outreach Fellow at the WTI, Bern and Visiting Professor at the Verona University.

He is also the first Secretary General of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA), Managing Editor of the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review and permanent contributor to the Kluwer Arbitration blog, the EFILA blog and the Practical Law Arbitration blog. He is Chair of the Investment Committee of the Dutch Arbitration Association (DAA) and Member of the interest group international economic law of ESIL.

Nikos studied law at the J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He obtained his LL.M. (cum laude) and PhD Law degrees from Maastricht University. In 2008-2009 he was Max Weber Fellow at the EUI in Florence.


Prof. Rafael Leal-Arcas

Rafael Leal-Arcas is Professor of European and International Economic Law, a Jean Monnet Chair holder (awarded by the European Commission), and Director of Research at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of Queen Mary University of London. Dr Leal-Arcas’s research is funded by the EU Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, most notably a grant of EUR14 million as part of a consortium of 21 institutions to work on renewable energy and smart grids.

He has served in the Sustainable Energy for All Secretariat (Washington, DC), the Energy Community Secretariat, the Energy Charter Secretariat, the World Trade Organization, and several EU institutions (EU Commission, EU Parliament, EU Council, EU Court of Justice). He is the author of more than 160 scholarly publications on international trade and WTO law, climate change law, energy governance, EU law, international investment law and the interaction among them in American and European law reviews such as the Columbia Journal of European Law, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Fordham International Law Journal, Chicago Journal of International Law, Legal Issues of Economic Integration, European Foreign Affairs Review, and Journal of World Energy Law and Business (Oxford University Press).

Rafael has been a Global Research Fellow at New York University School of Law (Hauser Global Law School Program); Visiting Fellow at the World Trade Institute; Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center; Scholar at Masdar Institute at Khalifa University (Abu Dhabi); Tillar House Resident Fellow at the American Society of International Law; Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School and Fellow at the Real Colegio Complutense (Harvard University); Emile Noël Doctoral Fellow at New York University School of Law; Fellow at the Australian National University; and Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.

He received his graduate legal education at Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the European University Institute (Florence).


Prof. Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer

Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer is a Vice Director of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law. She is also on the faculty of the World Trade Institute in Bern and is an adjunct instructor at the Universities of Basel and Bern.

Long interested in the intersection of international economic law and other areas of international law, Dr. Nadakavukaren's research has looked at poverty, corruption, human rights, and vulnerability on their own as well as in connection with the more traditional topics of trade and investment law. She is very interested in the legal implications of obesity and has just been pursuing research on legal responses to street harassment.

Professor Nadakavukaren is a native of the United States. She received her juris doctor  from Georgetown University Law School, and her doctorate and Habilitation from the University of Bern.


Prof. Kim Talus

Kim Talus is the holder of the James McCulloch Chair in Energy Law at Tulane University and the founding director of the Tulane Center for Energy Law. He is also a Professor of European Energy Law at UEF Law School and Professor of Energy Law at University of Helsinki.

His extensive experience in research and consultancy has centered around international, comparative and European energy law. He has authored and co-authored more than 140 publications. Talus' work has awarded him with many recognitions, including the Willoughby Prize in 2005, for outstanding article published in the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law. In the past, he has held teaching positions at Universtiy College London, University of Houston and University of Bonn. In addition to his role as the Editor-in-Chief for OGEL, he is a member of the Editorial Board for AIPN's Journal of World Energy Law and Business.

He works frequently with companies, public authorities and governments in various areas of energy law and policy. His recent assignments relate to EU and international law aspects of large-scale infrastructure investments, upstream oil and gas as well as investment disputes.



For more information on the seminar, please contact Katariina Särkänne (katariina.sarkanne(at) or Moritz Wüstenberg (moritz.wustenberg(at)