UCL Faculty of Laws


Dr Martins Paparinskis

Reader in Public International Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2013

Research summary

Martins is a generalist public international lawyer with a variety of specialist interests. He has published and spoken on generalist topics, such as law of treaties, State responsibility, and international dispute settlement, as well as on topics in the subfields of international investment law, international trade law, international human rights law, and international environmental law.

Teaching summary


Advanced Foundations of International Law of Foreign Investment (LAWSG0214): Convenor

Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals (LAWSG082): Co-convenor


University of Oxford
DPhil, Public International Law | 2010
University of Oxford
M.Phil, Public International Law | 2006
University of Oxford
LLM, Law | 2005
Latvia State University
LLB, Law | 2004


Martins Paparinskis joined UCL Faculty of Laws in 2013. Prior to this, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College Oxford (2010-2013) and a Hauser Research Scholar at the New York University (2009-2010). He took an LL.B. from the University of Latvia, before coming to the UK to take his M.Jur. (with Clifford Chance Prize) and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. In 2016, he received UCL Laws Excellence Award for Legal Teaching (EXALT): Graduate. He is a Member of the PhD Scientific Board of the Doctoral College of the University of Milan - Bicocca, has been a Visiting Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore, and will be a DSG Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bologna in 2019.

Martins is the Book Review Editor of the Journal of World Investment and Trade, a member of the Academic Review Board of the Cambridge Journal of International Law, a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the University of Latvia. Law, a member of the Advisory Board of the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Investment Claims, a co-editor of Current Legal Problems, and a member of UCL Press executive group (editorial board). He is a member of the International Law Association’s Committee on Rule of Law and International Investment Law, and has been a member of its Committee on Non-State Actors and Study Group on the Use of Domestic Law Principles for the Development of International Law. Martins is also a member of the Council of Independent Experts in International and European Law with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.

Martins' research interests are reflected in membership of bodies in various fields of international law, including international dispute settlement (Permanent Court of Arbitration), international human rights law (management board of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency), international environmental law (implementation committee of the UNECE Water Convention), and international investment law (ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and the Academic Forum on ISDS).