UCL Faculty of Laws


Dr Ugljesa Grusic

Associate Professor

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2016

Research summary

Ugljesa's current research focuses on the interplay between private international law and human rights, primarily with respect to the civil liability of the UK government for wrongful external exercise of public power and the civil liability of transnational corporations for overseas violations of human rights standards. His other research interests include the European private international law of employment, the relationship between European private international law and substantive EU law, the regulation of the environment in private international law, and the relationship between domestic courts and international arbitration.

Teaching summary

Ugljesa is the convenor of the LLB Conflict of Laws module, co-convenor of the LLM International Arbitration module, Course Director of the Notarial Practice Course, in which he convenes the Private International Law module, and also teaches Contract Law and Tort Law at the LLB and International Commercial Litigation at the LLM. Ugljesa was awarded an Undergraduate EXALT (Excellence Awards for Legal Teaching) Prize by the Faculty of Laws in 2017 and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Ugljesa welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students.  


University College London
Doctorate, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy | 2017
London School of Economics and Political Science
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2013
University of Nottingham
Other higher degree, Master of Laws | 2007
Univerzitet u Beogradu
First Degree, Bachelor of Laws | 2005


Dr Ugljesa Grusic joined the UCL Faculty of Laws in September 2016, before which he taught at the University of Nottingham, the London School of Economics and the University of Belgrade. 

Ugljesa obtained his LLB from the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade, his LLM from the University of Nottingham, and his doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was also a visiting research student at Sciences Po in Paris, France. In 2017 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Law of Deakin University, Australia. In 2016 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany and a Fellow of King's College London Transnational Law Summer Institute. In 2022 he will be a Visiting Professor at the School of Law of the University of Osaka, Japan.

Ugljesa has published in leading academic journals, including the Modern Law Review, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Yearbook of European Law and the Journal of Private International Law. He is the author of The European Private International Law of Employment (Cambridge University Press 2015), co-author of the Cheshire, North & Fawcett's Private International Law (15th edn, Oxford University Press 2017) and co-editor of Civil Remedies and Human Rights in Flux (Bloomsbury/Hart Publishing 2022).

Ugljesa won the 2015 PILIG Prize of the American Society of International Law's Private International Law Interest Group for his book The European Private International Law of Employment and the inaugural 2012 ICLQ Young Scholar Prize for his article 'Jurisdiction in Employment Matters under Brussels I: A Reassessment'. Ugljesa's expertise includes private international law, especially European and English private international law, and international arbitration. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the comparative law project on civil liability for human rights violations at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford. He is regularly consulted by legal practitioners, has participated as advisor in international arbitral (including ICSID) proceedings and has served as expert witness on foreign law in litigation in England and ICSID arbitration.

Ugljesa is engaged with the notarial profession in England and Wales through his directorship of the Notarial Practice Course and advising of the Notarial Qualifications Board.