Professor Jürgen Kurtz
Director of Studies, International Economic Law, The University of Melbourne
Jürgen Kurtz was appointed Professor of International Economic Law jointly in the
Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies and the Department of Law at the
European University Institute as of 1 January 2018. He is on leave from his position as
Professor and Director of International Economic Law Studies at the University of
Melbourne Law School in Australia where he has taught since 2003.
Jürgen researches and teaches 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’s most recent book is The WTO and
International Investment Law: Converging Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
His other research interests engage legal hermeneutics, jurisprudential borrowing in
public international law, political economy and development theory.
Jürgen has held research fellowships at the Jean Monnet Center for International and
Regional Economic Law Justice at New York University Law School (as an Emile Noël
Fellow), at the University of Michigan Law School (as Grotius Fellow), the Academy of
International Law in The Hague and the European University Institute (as Fernand
Braudel Senior Fellow) in Florence. He is also a Director of Study at the Academy of
International Trade and Investment Law based in Macau and Shenzhen and organized
by the Institute of European Studies. In recent years, Jürgen has joined the Global
Faculties of the Universidade Católica in Portugal, the Centre for Transnational Legal
Studies in London, Bocconi University in Milan, the University of Barcelona in Spain and
the Singapore International Arbitration Academy at the National University of
Jurgen has acted as a 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.