Dr Alberto Alvarez-Jimenez

Senior Lecturer (Law)

Qualifications: PhD University of Ottawa, LLM McGill University, LLB (summa cum laude) La Sabana University.

About Me

Acquiring a strong legal education often requires the nurturing of other interests. In my case: art, architecture, music, and literature.

The novels that I have read in the last few months are The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood), The Cat’s Eye (Margaret Atwood), American Appetites (Joyce Carol Oates), Burger’s Daughter (Nadine Gordimer), Requiem (Frances Itani), Wolf Hall (Hillary Mantel), Jazz (Toni Morrison), Look After Mom (Kyung-sook Shin), Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), and Suite Française (Irene Nemirovsky).

From Wolf Hall:

“When you are writing laws you are testing words to find their utmost power. Like spells, they have to make things happen in the real world, and like spells, they only work if people believe in them.”

Papers I Teach

Research Supervised

Research Interests

My research agenda concentrates on public international law, international trade law, and foreign investment law. I have published more than 30 articles in prominent peer-reviewed journals in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Among them are the American Journal of International Law (AJIL Unbound), the European Journal of International Law, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the Journal of International Economic Law, the Journal of World Trade, the World Trade Review, the Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy, the German Yearbook of International Law, the Journal of International Arbitration, the American Review of International Arbitration, and the New Zealand Law Journal.

In addition I have presented papers at academic events organized by the American Society of International Law (New York, 2014), the European Society of International Law (Moscow, 2016), the Asian Society of International Law (Seoul, 2017), the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (Canberra, 2017), and the Canadian Council of International Law (Ottawa, 2013).

Current Research Projects

    1. "The ICJ's Marshall Islands (Mis)Judgments on Nuclear Disarmament", Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce (forthcoming 2018).

    2. "Tobacco Control Measures and International Investment Law after Philip Morris v Australia and Philip Morris v Uruguay", American Review of International Arbitration (Columbia Law School, forthcoming 2018)."

    3. "Protracted Armed Conflicts, Invisible Civilian Suffering, and International Law". (under peer-review).

    4. "How to React to the ICJ's Marshall Islands Judgments on Nuclear Disarmament"  (under peer-review)

    5. "The Use of the Theory of Business Cycles in the Interpretation of Non-Precluded Measures Clauses in International Investment Law".


Dispute Resolution; Economics; Human Rights; International Trade; Terrorism

International Investment Law, International Dispute Settlement, Public International Law, Law & Economics.

Recent Publications

  • Alvarez-Jimenez, A. (2017). From Al-Qaida in 2001 to ISIL in 2015: The Security Council's decisions on terrorism and their impact on the right to self-defense against autonomous non-state actors. Minnesota Journal of International Law, 26(2), 345-418. Open Access version:

  • Alvarez-Jimenez, A. (2017). The international law gaze: America’s fist and the WTO Appellate Body. New Zealand Law Journal, 400-413.

  • Alvarez-Jimenez, A. (2017). The international law gaze: The ICSID award in Philip Morris v Uruguay and the near end of the “aesthetic experience”. New Zealand Law Journal, 2, 29-33. Open Access version:

  • Alvarez-Jimenez, A. (2017). The international law gaze: Lilly v Canada. New Zealand Law Journal, 10, 374-378.

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Contact Details

Room: G.12. N. Block.
Phone: +64 7 838 4466 Ext 6309
Fax: + 64 7 838 4417