Alumni Senior Fellow

Prof. Dr Christian J. Tams

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Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 196
47059 Duisburg
Germany

Tel:  +49 (0)203 29861-100
Fax: +49 (0)203 29861-199
E-mail: tams@spam protectgcr21.uni-due.de

Fellowship

Professor Christian Tams joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Fellow. He conducted his research in Research Unit 3 “Global Governance Revisited” from July 2015 to April 2016.

Research Project at the Centre

International Litigation as a Factor Affecting Negotiation Processes in Militarised Conflicts

This research project intends to enhance understanding of the role of international litigation during major inter-state conflicts. More specifically, the focus is on a setting that presents particular challenges for global governance, viz. governance in the field of international security. Moreover, the inquiry analyses a type of non-State actor (international courts or tribunals) that is meant to be impartial, independent and empowered to take binding decisions – but whose relevance, precisely because of their potentially intrusive influence, has traditionally been limited in security-related disputes. The proposed research queries whether the traditional assessment needs to be revisited as courts and tribunals now ostensibly play a more relevant role in global (security) governance.

Research Interests

  • International Law
  • International Disputes
  • International Relations
  • International Organisations
  • Investment Protection
  • United Nations
  • League of Nations

Current Projects

  • Various research projects on the roles of international courts and tribunals as actors in international governance
  • 'The identification of customary law' (book chapter)
  • 'The compulsory jurisdiction of international courts' (book chapter)
  • 'Succession to investment treaties' (article)
  • 'The concept of "international community"' (book chapter)
  • 'Investment law and development: friends or foes' (edited book, Edward Elgar)

Vita

Since 12/2008 University of Glasgow, UK
School of Law
Chair of International Law
04/2005-12/2008 Christian Albrechts University Kiel, Germany
Walther Schuecking Institute
Assistant Professor of Law
01/2013-06/2013 Sciences Po Paris
Ecole de droit
Vincent Wright Chair
06/2002-04/2005 Higher Regional Court, Hamburg, Germany
Law Clerk (Referendar)
09/2000-03/2004 University of Cambridge, UK
Gonville & Caius College
PhD Student
09/1999-06/2000 University of Cambridge
Jesus College
Graduate Student (LLM)
05/1999-08/1999 United Nations
International Law Commission
Assistant to Commission Member Bruno Simma
10/1993-12/1998 Christian Albrechts University Kiel
Law School
Student

Selected Publications

Tams, Christian J., A. Tzanakopoulos and A. Zimmermann (eds.) (2014): Research Handbook on the Law of Treaties, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Tams, Christian J., L. Berster and B. Schiffbauer (2014): Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide: A Commentary, München/Oxford: Verlag C.H.Beck/Hart Publishing.

Tams, Christian J., and J. Sloan (eds.) (2013): The Development of International Law by the International Court of Justice, Oxford University Press.

Tams, Christian J. (with R. O'Keefe) (2013): The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property, Oxford University Press.

Tams, Christian J. (with Hofmann and Schill, eds.) (2013): Preferential Trade and Investment Agreements. From Recalibration to Reintegration, Nomos.

Tams, Christian J., and M. Fitzmaurice (eds.) (2013): Legacies of the Permanent Court of International Justice, Brill/Nijhoff.

Tams, Christian J. (with A. Zimmermann, K. Oellers-Frahm, and C. Tomuschat, eds.) (2012): The Statute of the International Court of Justice. A Commentary, (2nd edn), Oxford: OUP.

Tams, Christian J. (2010): Enforcing Obligations Erga Omnes in International Law: Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law, Cambridge University Press.

Tams, Christian J. (2009). 'The Use of Force against Terrorists', European Journal of International Law 20 (2): 359–97.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • International Investment Law
  • Settlement of International Disputes
  • Foundations of International Law
  • United Nations Law

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Regularly involved as counsel/adviser in proceedings before international courts and tribunals, notably the International Court of Justice and investment tribunals
  • Associate member, Matrix Chambers, London
  • Member of the German Court of Arbitration for Sports

Seminars and Conferences

  • 6th Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop: 'International Investment Law and History', co-organiser, Frankfurt 2015
  • 'The International Court of Justice - Current Challenges', co-organiser, Berlin 2014
  • 5th Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop: 'Investment Law and the Global Financial Architecture', co-organiser, Frankfurt 2014
  • 'Re-Assessing the League of Nations', co-organiser, London 2013
  • National Textbook Traditions in International Law, co-organiser, Glasgow 2013

Membership

  • European Society of Intenational Law
  • American Society of International Law
  • German Society of International Law
  • International Law Association (member of the council of the British branch)
  • Scientific advisory board, European Journal of International Law

Awards

  • Vincent Wright Distinguished Chair, Sciences Po Paris, 2013
  • Inaugural Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy, 2011
  • Yorke Prize, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge (for Ph.D. Thesis), 2005
  • Whewell Scholar in International Law, Cambridge, 2000
  • Glanville Williams Prize, Jesus College, 1999–2000
  • Clive Parry Prize in International Law, Cambridge, 2000

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