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 Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), Suite Française (Irene Nemirovsky), the Elogio de la Lucidez (Jose Saramago), El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer (Juan Gabriel Vasquez), Voices from the Other World (Naguib Mahfouz), God Dies by the Nile (Nawal El Saadawi), The Handmaids's Tale (Margaret Atwood), and A Turn in the South (V.S. Naipaul).

On history:

"As all historians know, the past is  a great darkness, and filled with echoes. Voices may reach us from it, but what they say to us is imbued with the obscurity of the matrix out of which they come; and, try as we may, we cannot always decipher them precisely in the clearer light of our own day." (The Handmaid's Tale).

On some of the current world leaders:

"I felt that Hosea (a politician) might now become licensed, a star, a man on the news, someone existing in a special kind of electronic reality or unreality." (A Turn in the South).

Papers I Teach

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 Journal of International Economic Law, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly,  the World Trade Review, the Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy, the German Yearbook of International Law, the Canadian Yearbook of International Law, 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).

Recently, I participated at the Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law in Washington D.C in July 2018. There I presented a paper entitled "Allocation of Risks Between Foreign Investors and Host States during Economic Crises: Lessons from the Case Law of the Argentinian Crisis".

My next international presentation will take place at the  Joint North American Conference on International Economic Law in September 2018. The event is organized by the American Society of International Law and the Canadian Council of International Law.

Current Research Projects

    1. "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).

    2. "Letters to the Security Council by Two Prisoners of War, Israel and Palestine (I)". (Waikato Law Review, forthcoming 2018).

    3. "Protracted Armed Conflicts, Invisible Civilian Suffering, and International Law (II)". (Waikato Law Review, forthcoming 2018).

    4. "International Investment Law, Time, and Economics: Fixing the Length of Economic Crises as a Costs-Allocation Tool between Host States and Foreign Investors". (under peer-review).

    5. "The Advisory Role of the International Court of Justice after the Marshall Islands Judgments"  (under peer-review).

    6. The ICJ’s (Mis)Judgments on Nuclear Disarmament, 45 Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce 1 (2018).

    7. The International Law Gaze: Self-defence and Terrorist Groups, New Zealand Law Journal. (August, 2018).


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

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

Recent Publications

  • Alvarez-Jimenez, A. (2018). The International Law Gaze: Self-defence and Terrorist Groups. New Zealand Law Journal, 7, 214-218.

  • Alvarez-Jimenez, A. (2017). The ICJ’s Marshall Islands (Mis) Judgments on Nuclear Disarmament. Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, 45(1), 1-33.

  • 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