Biography

Dr. Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi joined the School of Law at Keele University as a Lecturer in October 2019. Previously (2016-2019), he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at PluriCourts, University of Oslo, a centre of excellence funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Prior to that he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Amsterdam (Centre for EU Law and Governance, 2015-2016) and a Lecturer in EU Law at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (2015). He held visiting researcher positions at the University of Vienna Faculty of Law (2017), the TMC Asser Institute (The Hague, 2014), and the University of Michigan Law School (2013-2014).

He holds a PhD from Aarhus University (Denmark, 2015) and a two-year LLM in International Law from Maastricht University (Netherlands, 2011, top 3% of students). During his studies he also spent time at Bucerius Law School (Hamburg, 2010), Stellenbosch University (South Africa, 2011), and Utrecht University (Netherlands, 2007-2008). He holds an LLB from Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania, 2005-2009, first class honours) and was an intern at the EU Commission (2011-2012).

Research and scholarship

His research interests include issues surrounding the EU’s Investment Law and Policy, International Investment Law and the creation of a Multilateral Investment Court, Regional and Preferential Trade Agreements, EU External Relations Law and the EU's Common Commercial Policy. Over the years he has presented his research twice before the European Parliament and regularly attends stakeholder meetings organised by the EU Commission concerning the EU’s investment policy.

Teaching

At Keele University for the academic year 2019-2020 he is module leader for EU Law 1 (LLB, year 3) and International Economic Law (LLM). He also delivers several lectures and seminars in Company Law, Public International Law and EU Law 2.

Previously he has taught International Trade Law (Oslo), EU Foreign Relations Law (Amsterdam and The Hague), EU Criminal Law (Amsterdam and The Hague), and EU Internal Market Law (Aarhus). He also delivered guest lectures at several institutions and coached students for the EU Law Moot Court Competition (The Hague) and the Telders Moot Court Competition (Oslo).

 

Publications

Books, Monographs and Chapters

  • Gáspár-Szilágyi, Behn & Langford (eds), Adjudicating Trade and Investment Disputes: Convergence or Divergence? (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020, expected length 250-300 pp)
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi & Usynin (forthcoming 2020), ‘Investment Chapters in PTAs and Their Impact on Adjudicative Convergence’ in Gáspár-Szilágyi, Behn & Langford (eds, see above) [co‑author, 50%]
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (forthcoming 2020), ‘Why Do or Should Investors Resort to the Courts of the Host Country Prior to Investment Treaty Arbitration’ in Fauchald, Behn, and Langford (eds), The Legitimacy of Investment Arbitration. Empirical Perspective (Cambridge University Press)
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (forthcoming 2019/2020), ‘The EU’s Cumbersome Investment Law and Policy, and Its Effects on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights’ in Christophe Geiger (ed), Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Investment Law (Edward Elgar Publishing)
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi and Létourneau-Tremblay (forthcoming 2019/2020), ‘Who Are the Dissenting Arbitrators in International Investment Treaty Arbitration?’ in Freya Baetens (ed), Identity and Diversity on the International Bench (Oxford University Press) [co‑author, 50%]
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (forthcoming 2019/2020), ‘Country Report on Hungary and Romania’, in Hindelang and Moberg (eds), A Common European Law on Investment Screening (Springer, 2019)
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2016), ‘Human Rights Conditionality in the EU's Newly Concluded Association Agreements with the Eastern Partners’ in Akrivopoulou (ed), Defending Human Rights and Democracy in the Era of Globalization (IGI Publishing)
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi, The “Direct Effect” of E.U. International Agreements Through a U.S. Lens (PhD Thesis, Aarhus University 2015, 493 pp)

 

Peer-Reviewed/Externally Refereed Journal Publications

  • Gáspár-Szilágyi and Usynin (forthcoming 2019), ‘The Uneasy Relationship between intra-EU Investment Tribunals and the Court of Justice’s Achmea Judgment’, European Investment and Arbitration Law Review [co‑author, 50%]
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (forthcoming 2019), ‘Let us Not Forget about the Role of Domestic Courts in Settling Investor-State Disputes’, The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2018), ‘Quo Vadis EU Investment Law and Policy? The Shaky Path Towards the International Promotion of EU Rules’, 23(2) European Foreign Affairs Review pp 167-186
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2018), ‘It is Not Just About Investor-State Arbitration. A Look at Case C‑284/16, Achmea BV’, 3(1) European Papers pp 357-373 
  • Usynin and Gáspár-Szilágyi (2018), ‘The Rising Trend of Including Investment Chapters into PTAs’, 48 Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2017, Chapter 9, pp 267-304 [co‑author, 50%]
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2017), ‘Transparency, Investment Protection and the Role of the European Parliament’, 2 European Investment Law and Arbitration Review pp 371-411
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2017), ‘Binding Committee Interpretations under the EU’s new FTIAs’, 2 European Investment Law and Arbitration Review pp 90-134
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2016), ‘A Standing Investment Court under TTIP from the Perspective of the CJEU’, 17(5) Journal of World Investment and Trade pp 701-742
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2016), ‘Joined Cases Aranyosi and Căldăraru. Converging Human Rights Standards, Mutual Trust and a New Ground for Postponing a European Arrest Warrant’, 24(2-3) European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice pp 197‑219
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2016), ‘The CJEU. An 'Overzealous' Architect of the Relationship between the EU Legal Order and the International One’, 2(1) Revista de Drept Constitutional (bilingual English, Romanian article) pp 44-64
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2015), ‘The Relationship between EU law and International Agreements. Restricting the Fediol and Nakajima Exceptions in Vereniging Milieudefensie’, 52(4) Common Market Law Review pp 1059-1077
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2015), ‘The ‘Primacy’ and ‘Direct Effect’ of EU International Agreements’, 21(2) European Public Law pp 343-370
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2015), ‘The Horizontal Direct Effect of EU International Agreements: Is the Court Avoiding a Clear Answer?’, 42(2) Legal Issues of Economic Integration pp 93-120
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2014), ‘A Look at EU International Agreements through a US Lens: Different Methods of Interpretation, Tests and the Issue of ‘Rights’’, 39(5) European Law Review pp 601-625
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2013) ‘EU Member State Enforcement of ‘Mixed’ International Agreements and Access to Justice: Rethinking Direct Effect’, 40(2) Legal Issues of Economic Integration pp 163-190
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2013) ‘What Constitutes ‘Failure to Notify’ National Measures’, 19(2) European Public Law pp 281-294

 

Academic Blog Posts

  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2019), ‘AG Bot in Opinion 1/17. The Autonomy of the EU Legal Order v. The Reasons why the CETA ICS might be Needed’, European Law Blog <https://bit.ly/2ScMCg4>
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2018) ‘Brexit. Maybe not such bad news for intra-EU investment awards after Achmea?’, International Economic Law and Policy Blog <https://bit.ly/2Q5rSpz
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2018) ‘The CJEU Strikes Again in Achmea. Is this the end of investor-State arbitration under intra-EU BITs?’, International Economic Law and Policy Blog, <https://goo.gl/yEvWvU>
  • Lenk & Gáspár-Szilágyi (2017) ‘Case C-600/14, Germany v Council. More Clarity over ‘Facultative Mixity’?’, European Law Blog < https://goo.gl/BSAvuU> [co-authored 50%]
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2017) ‘Opinion 2/15: Maybe it is Time for the EU to Conclude Separate Trade and Investment Agreements’, European Law Blog < https://goo.gl/wM3yKd>
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2017) ‘A Follow-up to the EU Commission’s Decision to ‘Split’ Trade and Investment Protection’, International Economic Law and Policy Blog <https://goo.gl/8iCsLA
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2016) ‘ISDS in EU FTIAs. Yes, No, Maybe? A Direct Enforcement Perspective’, European Law Blog <https://goo.gl/5wmh30>  
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2016) ‘International Trade and Investment Disputes. Convergence, Divergence and the Way Forward?’, PluriCourts Blog <https://goo.gl/sP5W9d>  
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2016) ‘Joined Cases Aranyosi and Căldăraru. Converging Human Rights Standards, Mutual Trust and a New Ground for Postponing a European Arrest Warrant’, ACELG Blog <https://goo.gl/wn1KvX>
  • Gáspár-Szilágyi (2015) ‘Mutual Trust before the Court of Justice – a view from CJEU Judge Sacha Prechal’, ACELG Blog <https://goo.gl/LGNMNk>  

 

Conference Presentations and Speeches 

  • ‘Equal Treatment in Opinion 1/17. Did the Court choose the right situation to compare?’ – Opinion 1/17: European and International Perspectives, European Law And Governance School, and Oslo University, Paris, 12-13 June (speaker)
  • ‘The Uneasy Relationship between Intra-EU Investment Tribunals and the CJEU’s Achmea Ruling’– III LawTTIP Join Conference ‘EU Law, Trade Agreements, and Dispute Resolution Mechanisms: Contemporary Challenges’, King’s College London, 21-22 March 2019 (speaker with Maxim Usynin)
  • ‘Co-opting Domestic Courts as Investment Courts’ – UNCITRAL Academic Forum ‘Reforming International Investment Arbitration’, Geneva Centre for International Dispute Settlement and Leginvest/PluriCourts, Oslo, 1-2 February 2019 (speaker)
  • Chair of the Panel ‘Arbitration’s Relationship to Policy and Doctrinal Research’ – Future Directions in Empirical Research on Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration, Leginvest/PluriCourts, iCourts and The German Development Institute, Oslo, 31 January 2019
  • ‘Who are the Dissenting Arbitrators in International Investment Treaty Arbitration?’- Joint North American Conference on International Economic Law, McGill University, Montreal, 21-22 Sept 2018 (speaker with Laura Létourneau-Tremblay)
  • ‘Foreign Investment Policy in the Post-Lisbon CCP: An Institutionalist Perspective’- European Consortium for Political Research, General Conference, Hamburg University, Aug 2018 (speaker with Péter Márton)
  • ‘The EU’s Investment Law and Policy, and a Future Multilateral Investment Court’ - 4th CLEER Summer School on the EU’s External Relations, Centre for the Law of EU External Relations, Brussels, 25-29 June 2018 (invited lecturer)
  • ‘Who are the Dissenting Arbitrators in International Investment Treaty Arbitration?’ - Geography and Legal Culture on the International Bench Workshop, Oslo and Leiden University, The Hague, 17-18 May 2018 (speaker with Laura Létourneau-Tremblay)
  • ‘Building a Multilateral Investment Court: Should Domestic Courts be Co-opted as ‘Investment Courts’?’ - EU’s Trade and Investment Agreements: Constitutional and Substantive Issues Conference, European Public Law Organization, Athens, 4-5 May 2018 (invited speaker)
  • ‘Creeping Intergovernmentalism in the EU’s Common Commercial Policy: The Curious Case of Investment Protection’ - National Sovereignty and Regional Economic Integration Conference, University of Szeged, Hungary, 3 May 2018 (invited speaker with Péter Márton)
  • ‘The EU’s Cumbersome Investment Law and Policy, and its Effects on IP Protection’ - XIXth EIPIN Congress: Enforcing Intellectual Property in Trade and Investment Agreements: What Safeguards for its Social Function, European Parliament, Strasbourg, 25-26 April 2018 (invited speaker)
  • ‘Should Domestic Courts be Co-opted as International Courts?’ - Freedom Under Pressure Conference, The Uses and Abuses of International Investment Arbitration as a Check on Government Action, Ghent University, 7-8 December 2017 (speaker)
  • ‘Quo Vadis European Investment Law and Policy? The Shaky Path Towards the International Promotion of EU Norms’ - Modelling Convergence(s) and Divergence(s) of the EU in the World Workshop, City University London, 23-24 November 2017 (speaker)  
  • ‘Should Domestic Courts be Co-opted as International Courts?’ – Roundtable Discussion Vienna University, Section for International Law and International Relations, Vienna University, 6 Nov 2017 (speaker)
  • ‘The Effects of Opinion 2/15 on Member State BITs with Third Countries’ - PluriCourts Investment Pillar Workshop, University of Oslo, 20 June 2017 (speaker)
  • ‘The Effects of Opinion 2/15 on Member State BITs with Third Countries’ – The Future of EU Trade Policy: The Implications of Opinion 2/15 Workshop, Max Plank Institute for Procedural Law, Luxembourg, 19 May 2017 (speaker)
  • ‘Transparency, Investment Protection and the Role of the European Parliament’ - iCourts/PluriCourts Joint Workshop, University of Oslo, 9-10 Feb 2017 (speaker)
  • ‘Transparency, Investment Protection and the Role of the European Parliament’ - The Role of the European Parliament in the Conclusion and Implementation of International Agreements on International Economic Law Issues Conference, European Parliament, Brussels, 9 Dec 2016 (speaker)
  • ‘Binding Committee Interpretations under the EU’s New FTIAs’ – PluriCourts Roundtable Discussion, University of Oslo, 28 Sept 2016 (speaker)
  • ‘Legitimate Policy Objectives Under the EU’s New Trade and Investment Agreements’ - 2nd Jean Monnet Doctoral Workshop in EU Law,City University London, London, 23-24 June 2016(speaker)
  • ‘The Investment Court System under TTIP from the Perspective of the CJEU’ - European Law Network, University of Oslo, May 2016 (speaker)
  • ‘The Investment Court System under TTIP from the Perspective of the CJEU’ – Roundtable Discussion Amsterdam Centre for International Law, University of Amsterdam, April 2016 (speaker)
  • ‘A Standing Investment Tribunal: The Commission Trying to Please the ‘Cabbage’ and the ‘Goat’, but what about the Court?’ – The European Union in the International Society and its Contribution to International Dispute Settlement Systems Conference, Erasmus +, Jean Monnet Conference, University of Santander, March 17-18 2016 (speaker)
  • ‘EU International Agreements through a US lens’ - Postgraduate Research Conference, Copenhagen University, 29-30 Jan 2015 (speaker)
  • ‘Alternatives to the Direct Effect of International Agreements in the EU and the US’ - Round Table Discussion, TMC Asser Institute, The Hague, Nov 2014 (speaker)
  • ‘The Primacy and Direct Effect of EU International Agreements’ - EU Law Colloquium, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Oct 2013 (speaker)
  • ‘Member State Enforcement of International Agreements and Access to Justice: Rethinking Direct Effect’ - Rethinking International Law and Justice Conference, Istanbul Kültür University, Sept 2012 (speaker)