UCL Faculty of Laws

Dr Danae Azaria

Dr Danae Azaria

Associate Professor

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Oct 2012

Research summary

Dr Azaria is a public international lawyer with publications in the field of international economic law, international energy law, law of the sea, international dispute settlement, the law of treaties and State responsibility. Her research has dealt with the intersection between international economic law, especially energy trade, and State responsibility: countermeasures, national security and international dispute settlement. Her current research analyses the International Law Commission, all aspects of its work, its function in international law-making, its working methods, as well as its relationship with governments and the International Court of Justice. She is also working on the silence of States in international law, and is interested more widely in sources of international law, international dispute settlement and the law of State responsibility. 

Teaching summary

LLB (undergraduate): Public International Law

LLM (postgraduate): 
Law of Treaties (convenor)

Law of the Sea (convenor)
International Energy Law (convenor)


University College London
PhD, Law | 2013
University College London
LLM, Public International Law | 2006
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Dip., International Studies - (Peace Keeping) | 2004
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
LLB, Law | 2003


Danae Azaria is the author of Treaties on Transit of Energy via Pipelines and Countermeasures (OUP, Oxford Monographs of International Law, 2015), which was awarded the 2016 Paul Guggenheim Prize in Public International Law. A panel inspired by her monograph was included in the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (2016), which she moderated. 

Since 2016, she has been an expert of the UK delegation in the Sixth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in relation to the work of the International Law Commission. She was a speaker at the official United Nations meeting commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the International Law Commission. Her speech focused on the methods of work of the Commission and the recording can be accessed here; a list of all recordings of the commemoration meeting can be found here.  In 2018, she established the UCL events series on the International Law Commission, with the launch event on ‘Crimes Against Humanity’. She has given talks on her recent research on the Commission's function at numerous institutions, including the University of Oxford (recording here), and multiple journal articles are forthcoming. 

Her research has been cited by the United Nations and the House of Lords–Select Committee on Extradition, among others. She has been invited to give talks in Canada, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, UK, and USA. She has held visiting positions at ‘KFG-The International Rule of Law: Rise or Decline?’ (Senior Fellow, 2019); Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge (Visiting Fellow, 2016); the University of Geneva (2016, 2017); Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg 2013). She has been a guest lecturer at numerous institutions, including New York University (2016, 2017), the University of Geneva (2016) and the Rhodes Academy for Oceans Law and Policy (2017-2018).

Dr Azaria is an advocate of the Athens Bar Association. She collaborates as an advisor with law firms and industry, as well as numerous governmental departments (UK and abroad), international organisations and non-governmental organisations.