August Reinisch - Director of the LL.M. program

  • Professor of international and European law at the University of Vienna
  • Head of the Section of International Law and International Relations, University of Vienna (since 2005)

August Reinisch holds Master´s degrees in philosophy (1990) and in law (1988) as well as a doctorate in law (1991) from the University of Vienna and an LL.M. (1989) from NYU Law School. He is admitted to the Bar of New York and Connecticut (since 1990). Since 1998 he has been professor of International and European Law at the University of Vienna. From 2004 to 2006 and 2010 to 2016 he was Dean for International Relations of the University´s Law School. Currently, he is a Member of the Senate of the University of Vienna.  

Since 2017, he has been serving a Member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations for the quinquennium 2017-2021.

His professional experience also includes: Associate Member of the Institut de droit international/Institute of International Law (since 2015), Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague/Netherlands (since 2014), Member of the Austrian Delegation to numerous General Meetings at the UN, New York, since 2012, Member of the Panels of Conciliators and of Arbitrators maintained by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington D.C./USA (since 2002).

Since 2001 he serves as US-government appointed arbitrator on the In Rem Restitution Panel according to the Austrian General Settlement Fund Law 2001. Currently, he is also on various investment arbitration tribunals.

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Research focus

  • Accountability of Non-State Actors
  • Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
  • Privileges and Immunities
  • International Economic Law
  • International Organizations
  • Investment Arbitration
  • State Succession Law

Major Recent Publications

Recent Developments in International Investment Law (Paris, Pedone 2009), 81 pp.

with Christoph Schreuer, Loretta Malintoppi and Anthony Sinclair, The ICSID Convention: A Commentary (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed., 2009), 1524 pp.

Essentials of EU Law (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed., 2012), 281 pp.

The Relevance of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts in International Investment Arbitration, in: 19(4) Uniform Law Review 609-622 (2014).

The Likely Content of Future EU Investment Agreements, in: M. Bungenberg, J. Griebel, S. Hobe, A. Reinisch (eds.), International Investment Law. A Handbook 1884-1904 (C.H.BECK – Hart Publishing – Nomos, 2015).

The Rule of Law in International Investment Arbitration, in: Photini Pazartzis and Maria Gavouneli et al. (eds.), Reconceptualising the Rule of Law in Global Governance, Resources, Investment and Trade 291-307 (Oxford and Portland Oregon, Hart, 2016).

[editor] The Conventions on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies. A Commentary (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016) 1076 pp.

Jurisdiction and Admissibility in International Investment Law, in: 16 The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 21-43 (2017).

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