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


Public International Law (LAWS0027)


International and Global Environmental Law (LAWS0057)

International Arbitration (LAWS0080): Co-convenor

International Human Rights Law (LAWS0058) 

International Law of Foreign Investment (LAWS0090): Convenor

Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals (LAWS0082): Convenor


University of Oxford
, | 2010
University of Oxford
, | 2006
University of Oxford
, | 2005
Latvia State University
, | 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. (Dist, Clifford Chance Prize), M.Phil (Dist), 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 (since 2017), and has held visiting positions at the National University of Singapore (2016) and the University of Bologna (2019).

Martins is a member of the Council of Independent Experts in International and European Law with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia (since 2012), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (since 2017), the management board of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (since 2017), the Academic Forum on ISDS (and its Working Group 4: Incorrectness of ISDS Decisions) (since 2018), and the implementation committee of the UNECE Water Convention (since 2018), a conciliator of the OSCE Court of Conciliation and Arbitration (since 2019), an expert eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (since 2019), and a member of the ICSID Panels of Arbitrators (since 2014, re-designated 2020) and of Conciliators (since 2020).

Martins is the Book Review Editor of the Journal of World Investment and Trade, a co-editor of Current Legal Problems, and a member of the Academic Review Board of the Cambridge Journal of International Law, the Editorial Board of the Journal of the University of Latvia. Law, the Advisory Board of the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, the Editorial Advisory Board of Investment Claims, and 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.