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August Reinisch - Director of the LL.M. program

  • Professor of international and European law at the University of Vienna
  • Professorial lecturer at the Bologna Center/SAIS of Johns Hopkins University
  • Head of the Section of International Law and International Relations, University of Vienna (since 2005)

  • Dean for International Relations of the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna (since 2010)

Short Bio

August Reinisch holds Master´s degrees in philosophy (1990) and in law (1988) as well as a doctorate in law (1991) from the University of Vienna and an LL.M. (1989) from NYU Law School. He is admitted to the Bar of New York and Connecticut (since 1990). Since 1998 he has been professor of international and European law at the University of Vienna. From 2004 to 2006 he was Dean for International Relations of the University´s Law School.

Since 2001 he serves as US-government appointed arbitrator on the In Rem Restitution Panel according to the Austrian General Settlement Fund Law 2001. Currently, he is also president of an UNCITRAL investment arbitration.

He is a regular visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales, Sydney (1999, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2007) as well as visiting professor at Bocconi University, Milan (2003 and 2004). He also fulfils teaching assignments at the Austrian Diplomatic Academy in Vienna as well as at the Danube University in Krems.

His professional experience includes: Membre associé de l’Institut de Droit International, expert adviser in Austrian and foreign courts litigation as well as international arbitration; Member of the ILA Study Group on Accountability of International Organisations; Member of the ILA Committee on International Law of Foreign Investment.

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Research focus

  • Accountability of Non-State Actors
  • Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
  • International Economic Law
  • International Organizations
  • Investment Arbitration
  • Non-contractual liability of the EC
  • State Succession Law

Major Recent Publications

International Organizations before National Courts (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 449.

Developing a Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Accountability of the UN Security Council for the Imposition of Economic Sanctions, 95 American Journal of International Law (2001), pp. 851-872.

The Changing International Legal Framework for Dealing with Non-state Actors, in: Philip Alston (ed.), Non-state Actors and Human Rights. Collected Courses of the European Academy of Law (Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 37-89.

European Court Practice Concerning State Immunity from Enforcement Measures, in: 17 European Journal of International Law (2006), pp. 803-836.

Sachverständigengutachten zur Frage des Bestehens und der Wirkung des völkerrechtlichen Rechtfertigungsgrundes „Staatsnotstand“ in: 68 Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht ZaöRV – Heidelberg Journal of International Law 3-34 (2008).

Legality of Expropriations, in: A. Reinisch (ed.), Standards of Investment Protection 171-204 (Oxford University Press 2008).

The Immunity of International Organizations and the Jurisdiction of their Administrative Tribunals, in: 7 Chinese Journal of International Law 285-306 (2008).

Recent Developments in International Investment Law (Paris, Pedone 2009), 81 pp.

Essential Questions in EU Law (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press 2009), 255 pp.

with Christoph Schreuer, Loretta Malintoppi and Anthony Sinclair, The ICSID Convention: A Commentary (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed., 2009), 1524 pp.

The Future of Investment Arbitration, in: C. Binder/U. Kriebaum/A. Reinisch/S. Wittich (eds.), International Investment Law for the 21st Century. Essays in Honour of Christoph Schreuer 894-916 (Oxford, Oxford University Press 2009).

Enforcement of Investment Awards, in: C. Yannaca-Small (ed.), Arbitration Under International Investment Agreements: A Guide to the Key Issues 671-697 (Oxford, Oxford University Press 2010).

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International Legal Studies
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