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 Co-General Editor of the ICSID Reports (with Jorge Viñuales) and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Economic Law (with Kathleen Claussen and Sergio Puig).

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.

Curriculum Vitae



Publications by Area

ORCID          SSRN         Google Scholar          Publons

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

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
European safe assets: past, present, and future (with Sebastian Grund)

Functions and Memberships

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Economic Law (Oxford University Press, with Kathleen Claussen and Sergio Puig) (2021-)
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-)
Treasurer and Board Member, International Law Students Association (2018-)
International Law Association, Study Group on Sovereign Insolvency, Co-Rapporteur (2008-2016); Chair (2017-2020)
Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance
Member, American Society of International Law, American Law & Economics Association, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerrecht, European Economic Association, European Law and Economics Association, European Society of International Law, International Law Association, Österreichischer Juristentag, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Europarecht, Österreichischer Juristentag, Société française pour le droit international, Society of Empirical Legal Studies, Society of International Economic Law


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 completed

  1. Jean Ho, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore, ‘State Responsibility for Breaches of Investment Contracts’, University of Cambridge, published by Cambridge University Press (2018)
  2. Eirik Bjorge, Professor, University of Bristol, ‘Evolutionary Interpretation in International Law’, University of Oslo (Secondary Supervisor), published by Oxford University Press (2014)
  3. Dan Peat, Assistant Professor, Leiden University, ‘Comparative Law as an Interpretive Aid in International Law’, University of Cambridge, published by Cambridge University Press (2019), awarded ESIL Book Prize 2020.
  4. Hayk Kupelyants, Associate, Dechert, ‘Sovereign Defaults before English Courts’, University of Cambridge (Co-Supervision with Prof Richard Fentiman), published by Oxford University Press (2018)
  5. Gabriel Bottini, Partner, Uría Menendez, Madrid, Spain, ‘Admissibility of Shareholder Claims under Investment Treaties’, University of Cambridge, published by Cambridge University Press (2020)
  6. David Pusztai, Associate, Ivanyan & Partners, London, ‘Causation in the Law of State Responsibility’, University of Cambridge
  7. Sondre Torp Helmersen, Associate Professor, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, ‘The Application of Teachings by the International Court of Justice’, University of Oslo (Secondary Supervisor), published by Cambridge University Press (2021)
  8. Emilija Leinarte, University Lecturer, University of Cambridge, ‘Functional Responsibility of International Organisations’, University of Cambridge, published by Cambridge University Press (2021)
  9. Ridhi Kabra, Associate, Three Crowns, London, ‘Multiparty Investment Arbitration’, University of Cambridge
  10. Damien Charlotin, ‘Text-as-Data Applied to International Courts and Tribunals’, University of Cambridge.
  11. Astrid Iversen, Associate Professor, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, ‘Sovereign Debt Restructurings and Equal Treatment of Creditors’, University of Oslo (Secondary Supervisor with Professor Mads Andenas QC).

PhD Theses currently supervised

  1. Bruno Gelinas-Faucher, ‘Responsibility of states towards non-state actors’, University of Cambridge (Co-Supervisor, with Dr Fernando Lusa Bordin).
  2. Catherine Drummond, ‘Breach of International legal obligations’, University of Cambridge (Co-Supervisor, with Dr Federica Paddeu)
  3. Florian Ettmayer, Judge (Austria), ‘Re-examining Civil Jurisdiction‘, University of Vienna.
  4. Matthias Edtmayer, Diplomat, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Vienna, ‘Mutual Termination of Treaties‘, University of Vienna.
  5. Céline Braumann, ‘The “International“ in International Taxation‘, University of Vienna (Secondary Supervisor, with Professor August Reinisch)
  6. Dominik Jordi Ornig, ‘Digitalisation and International Financial Disputes‘, University of Luxembourg (Secondary Supervisor, with Professor Hélène Ruiz Fabri)
  7. Maryan Hassan, ‘The African Continental Free Trade Area‘, University of Vienna.
  8. Xenia Lapin, Associate, Morgan Stanley, London, ‘The Impact of Margin Requirements for Non-Centrally Cleared Derivatives‘, University of Vienna.
  9. Kevin Clement, Arbitration Practitioner, Paris, ‘The Characterization of State Economic Activities in International Economic LawState Capitalism and International Economic Law‘’, University of Vienna.
  10. Andrijana Mišović, Prae Doc, University of Vienna, ‘Contract Attribution in International Investment Law’, University of Vienna
  11. Arundathi Venkataraman, Editorial Assistant, Journal of International Economic Law, ‘Investment Arbitration and Climate Change’, University of Vienna
  12. Rebecca Brown, ‘Global Crises, Domestic Solutions: The National Implementation of Global Health Law’, University of Cambridge (Co-Supervisor, with Prof Eyal Benvenisti)
  13. Sagnik Das, ‘Testing the Limits: How International Courts Reshaped the Law and Discourse on Human Rights’, Harvard Law School (Field Supervisor for Human Rights and the Global Economic Order)
  14. Martin Baumgartner, Prae Doc, University of Vienna
  15. Hannah Grandits, Prae Doc, University of Vienna