Michael Waibel

Michael Waibel studied law at the universities of Vienna, Paris II Pantheon-Assas and Harvard Law School, and economics at the London School of Economics. He worked at the European Central Bank, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has been a professor of international law at the University of Vienna since 2019.

Previously, he taught for a decade at the University of Cambridge, und was from 2015-2019 co-deputy director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Director of Studies at Jesus College. In 2010-2011 he was the Schmidheiny Visiting Assistant Professor in Law and Economics at the University of St. Gallen. In 2019, he was Nomura Visiting Professor of International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School.

The focus of his research is in international law, international economic law, and international dispute settlement. He received the Deák Prize of the American Society of International Law, the Book Prize of the European Society of International Law and a Leverhulme Prize for his research.

Research focus

International Dispute Settlement, including arbitration
International Financial Law
Sovereign Debt and Financial Crises
International Investment Law
Law of Treaties
Law and Economics
European Monetary Union

Functions and Memberships

General Editor, ICSID Reports (Cambridge University Press, with Jorge Vinuales) (2019-)
Board Member, International Law Students Association (2018-)
International Law Association, Study Group on Sovereign Insolvency, Co-Rapporteur (2008-2016); Chair (2017-)
Director of Studies, Hague Academy of International Law, Centre for Studies and Research (2013)
External Examiner, University of Glasgow, Faculty of Law (2013-2018); University College London, Faculty of Law (2016-2019)
Mitglied, American Society of International Law, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerrecht, European Society of International Law, International Law Association

PhD Thesis Supervision

PhD Theses supervised

Jean Ho, National University of Singapore, ‘State Responsibility for Breaches of Investment Contracts’, University of Cambridge, published by Cambridge University Press (2018)

Eirik Bjorge, University of Bristol, ‘Evolutionary Interpretation in International Law’, University of Oslo (Secondary Supervisor), published by Oxford University Press (2014)

Dan Peat, Leiden University, ‘Comparative Law as an Interpretive Aid in International Law’, University of Cambridge, published by Cambridge University Press (2019)

Hayk Kupelyants, Cleary Gottlieb, ‘Sovereign Defaults before English Courts’, University of Cambridge (Co-Supervision with Professor Richard Fentiman), published by Oxford University Press (2018)

Gabriel Bottini, Uría Menendez, Madrid, Spain, ‘Admissibility in Investment Arbitration: Standing, Causes of Action, and Damages’, University of Cambridge

David Pusztai, Quinn Emmanuel, London, ‘Causation in the Law of State Responsibility’, University of Cambridge

Sondre Torp Helmersen, ‘Sources of International Law: The Use of Scholarship by International Courts and Tribunals’ University of Oslo (Secondary Supervisor)

Emilija Leinarte, University of Cambridge, ‘The European Union as a New Player in Investment Dispute Settlement: Questions of International Responsibility’, University of Cambridge

Ridhi Kabra, Three Crowns, London, ‘Multiparty Investment Arbitration’, University of Cambridge