Michael Waibel


Schottenbastei 10-16 (Juridicum)
1010 Vienna

TEL  +43-1-4277-35322
FAX  +43-1-4277-835322

Staircase II, 5th floor, room R532

Office hours: Tuesday 11-12 (E-Mail brigitte.weidinger@univie.ac.at for an appointment, indicating matter(s) to be discussed)

No regular office hour outside the semester (Email  brigitte.weidinger@univie.ac.at for an appointment

Michael Waibel is a professor of international law at the University of Vienna. His teaching and writing focus on international law, international economic law, sovereign debt and international dispute settlement. He received the Deák Prize of the American Society of International Law, the Book Prize of the European Society of International Law and a Leverhulme Prize for his research. He is the General Editor of the ICSID Reports (with Prof. J. Vinuales).

Previously, he taught for a decade at the University of Cambridge, und was from 2015-2019 co-deputy director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Director of Studies at Jesus College. In 2010-2011 he was the Schmidheiny Visiting Assistant Professor in Law and Economics at the University of St. Gallen. In 2019, he was Nomura Visiting Professor of International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School.

He studied law at the universities of Vienna, Paris II Pantheon-Assas and Harvard Law School, and economics at the London School of Economics. He worked at the European Central Bank, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Work in Progress

Are Arbitrators Political: Evidence from ICSID Arbitration (with Yanhui Wu)
Legal Original Sin (with Francois-Xavier Ladant)
The Inviolability of the Archives of the European Central Bank
The German Constitutional Court and Central Bank Independence
The EU and Safe Assets (with Sebastian Grund)

Curriculum Vitae





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Research focus

International Dispute Settlement, including arbitration
International Financial Law
Sovereign Debt and Financial Crises
International Investment Law
Law of Treaties
Law and Economics
European Monetary Union

Functions and Memberships

General Editor, ICSID Reports (Cambridge University Press, with Jorge Viñuales) (2019-)
Programme Director, Executive Education Course in International Investment Law and Arbitration, Lauterpacht Centre, University of Cambridge (2018-)
Tresurer and Board Member, International Law Students Association (2018-)
International Law Association, Study Group on Sovereign Insolvency, Co-Rapporteur (2008-2016); Chair (2017-)
Member, American Society of International Law, American Law & Economics Association, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerrecht, European Economic Association, European Society of International Law, International Law Association, Société française pour le droit international, Society of Empirical Legal Studies
Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance


2020 Science Prize (Würdigungspreis), State of Vorarlberg
2018 Turing Fellowship
2015 British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award
2014 Leverhulme Prize
2012 Book Prize of the European Society of International Law
2009 Diploma, Hague Academy of International Law
2008 Bok Award for Teaching Excellence, Harvard University, Department of Economics
2008 Francis Déak Prize, American Society of International Law

PhD Thesis Supervision

PhD Theses supervised

Jean Ho, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore, ‘State Responsibility for Breaches of Investment Contracts’, University of Cambridge, published by Cambridge University Press (2018)

Eirik Bjorge, Professor, University of Bristol, ‘Evolutionary Interpretation in International Law’, University of Oslo (Secondary Supervisor), published by Oxford University Press (2014)

Dan Peat, Assistant Professor, Leiden University, ‘Comparative Law as an Interpretive Aid in International Law’, University of Cambridge, published by Cambridge University Press (2019)

Hayk Kupelyants, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb, ‘Sovereign Defaults before English Courts’, University of Cambridge (Co-Supervision with Professor Richard Fentiman), published by Oxford University Press (2018)

Gabriel Bottini, Partner, Uría Menendez, Madrid, Spain, ‘Admissibility of Shareholder Claims under Investment Treaties’, University of Cambridge, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press (2020)

David Pusztai, Associate, Quinn Emmanuel, London, ‘Causation in the Law of State Responsibility’, University of Cambridge

Sondre Torp Helmersen, Associate Professor, Innlandet University College, ‘Sources of International Law: The Use of Scholarship by International Courts and Tribunals’ University of Oslo (Secondary Supervisor), forthcoming with Cambridge University Press

Emilija Leinarte, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, ‘The European Union as a New Player in Investment Dispute Settlement: Questions of International Responsibility’, University of Cambridge, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press

Ridhi Kabra, Associate, Three Crowns, London, ‘Multiparty Investment Arbitration’, University of Cambridge


PhD Theses currently supervised

Damien Charlotin, ‘Text-as-Data Applied to International Courts and Tribunals’, University of Cambridge.

Bruno Gelinas-Faucher, ‘Responsibility of states towards non-state actors’, University of Cambridge (Co-Supervisor with Dr Fernando Lusa Bordin).

Astrid Iversen, Associate Professor, Norway University of Applied Sciences, ‘Sovereign Debt Restructurings and Equal Treatment of Creditors’, University of Oslo (Secondary Supervisor with Professor Mads Andenas QC)

Catherine Drummond, ‘Breach of International legal obligations’, University of Cambridge (Co-Supervisor with Dr Federica Paddeu)

Florian Ettmayer, ‘Re-examining Civil Jurisdiction‘, University of Vienna.

Matthias Edtmayer, ‘Mutual Termination of Treaties‘, University of Vienna.

Tensin Amrei Studer, ‘Global Value Chains‘, University of Vienna.

Julia Vassileva, ‘International Law of Cultural Restitution in Post-Colonial Context‘, University of Vienna.

Céline Braumann, ‘The “International“ in International Taxation‘, University of Vienna (Secondary Supervisor with Professor August Reinisch)

Dominik Jordi Ornig, ‘Sovereign Debt Restructuring‘, University of Luxembourg (Secondary Supervisor with Professor Hélène Ruiz Fabri)

Maryan Hassan, ‘The African Continental Free Trade Area‘, University of Vienna.

Kevin Clement, ‘State Capitalism and International Economic Law‘, University of Vienna.

Xenia Lapin, ‘The Global Impact of Margin Requirements on Market Liquidity for Non-Centrally Cleared Derivatives‘, University of Vienna.