Dr. Ioannis Konstantinidis is an Assistant Professor of International Law at Qatar University, College of Law and Affiliate Member of the Center for Law and Development. His is the Secretary of the International Law Association (Qatari Branch). His Ph.D. thesis (Sorbonne Law School, Paris, France) focusing on the institutions established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), constitutes the first comprehensive study assessing these institutions following the entry into force of UNCLOS.

He was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (University of Cambridge) and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. He has taught international law and international dispute settlement, inter alia, at the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (Germany), Kobe University (Japan) and the University of Athens (Greece).

Prior to joining Qatar University, Dr. Konstantinidis was the Head of Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law at the Asian International Arbitration Center/AIAC (formerly known as the KLRCA) – an independent international organization, established in 1978 under the auspices of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization.

Before joining the AIAC, Dr. Konstantinidis worked as an associate at Volterra Fietta – a leading public international law firm in London – where he advised and represented governments, international organizations and companies on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious public international law and related dispute resolution issues, including law of the sea and natural resources, land and maritime boundary issues, the protection of foreign investments under international investment agreements and treaty interpretation. Dr. Konstantinidis has advised in connection with disputes heard at the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the European Court of Human Rights and at a multitude of ad hoc and institutional arbitral fora (including under UNCLOS, PCA and UNCITRAL Rules).

Before that, he worked at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS-Nippon Fellow) and the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations – Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea.

Dr. Konstantinidis is a general public international law expert. He regularly acts for States, international organizations and private entities in contentious and advisory matters. He is currently involved as counsel in three cases before the International Court of Justice and in investor-State arbitrations. His research and practice focus on law of the sea and natural resources, land and maritime boundaries, deep seabed mining,  international organizations, international investment law, international litigation and arbitration, international environmental law and sustainable development, human rights, and international humanitarian law. Dr. Konstantinidis is listed as arbitrator on the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) and the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration panels of arbitrators. He has recently been nominated on the List of Arbitrators under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea by the Republic of Madagascar (the list is drawn up and kept by the Secretary-General of the United Nations).

Academic Positions

  • Present2016

    Assistant Professor of International Law

    College of Law - Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

  • 20192019

    Visiting Professor of International Law

    Faculté de droit et science politique - Université de Bordeaux (France)

  • 20172017

    Visiting Professor of International Law

    Kobe University (Japan) - Global Master's Program - Law of the Sea

  • 20152011

    Visiting Professor of International Law

    Prince Saud Al Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • 20092008

    Teaching Assistant (International Law)

    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Professional Experience

  • Present2011

    Consultant (International Law)

    Advising and representing States, international organizations and private clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious international law and international dispute resolution issues.

     

  • Present2018

    Arbitrator under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

    List of Arbitrators under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (nominated by the Republic of Madagascar). The list is drawn up and kept by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

  • 20222019

    Arbitrator

    Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration

  • 20202017

    Arbitrator

    Asian International Arbitration Centre (formerly know as the KLRCA)

  • 20162015

    Head of Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law

    Asian International Arbitration Centre (formerly known as the KLRCA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • 20152011

    Associate (Public International Law/International Arbitration)

    Volterra Fietta – The Public International Law Firm, London, United Kingdom

  • 20112010

    Tr. Legal Officer – Fellow of the Nippon Foundation of Japan

    International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), Hamburg, Germany

  • 20092009

    Legal Intern

    United Nations, Office of Legal Affairs – Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), New York, USA

Education

  • Ph.D. (Doctorat)

    Ph.D. in Public International Law (Doctorat en sciences juridiques) - Summa cum laude - Supervisor: Professor Geneviève Bastid Burdeau

    Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne/École de Droit de la Sorbonne (Sorbonne Law School), Paris, France

  • LL.M. (Master 2 Recherche)

    LL.M. in International Law and International Organizations (Master 2 Recherche Droit International et Organisations Internationales) - With honors - Supervisor: Professor Geneviève Bastid Burdeau

    Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne/École de Droit de la Sorbonne (Sorbonne Law School), Paris, France

  • M.A.

    M.A. in International Affairs/Environment, Sustainable Development and Risks (Master Affaires Internationales. Environnement, Développement Durable et Risques)

    Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris – Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies), Paris, France

  • B.A.

    B.A. in Political Science and Public Law with honors (First Class)

    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Other Educational Experiences

1. Nippon Foundation of Japan – Capacity Building Program on Dispute Settlement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Hamburg, Germany, 2010-2011

2. Visiting Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany, 2010

3. Academy of the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea – International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (“Uses and Protection of the Sea. Legal, Economic and Natural Science Perspectives”), Hamburg, Germany, 2007 and 2010

4. Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy, Rhodes, Greece, 2009

5. Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law – University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2009

6. The Hague Academy of International Law – International Court of Justice (Public international law session), The Hague, the Netherlands, 2006 and 2008

7. Bancaja Euro-Mediterranean Courses of International Law, Castellon, Spain, 2007

8. Université Libre de Bruxelles – Michigan State University International Summer School (“External Relations of the European Union”), Brussels, Belgium, 2004

Awards

  • 2011
    Fellowship - Diploma: Nippon Foundation of Japan - Capacity Building Program on Dispute Settlement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Hamburg, Germany

  • 2010
    Fellowship - Certificate: Academy of the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea – International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (“Uses and Protection of the Sea. Legal, Economic and Natural Science Perspectives”), Hamburg, Germany

  • 2009
    Fellowship - Diploma: Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy, Rhodes, Greece

  • 2008
    Fellowship (French Government) - Certificate: The Hague Academy of International Law – International Court of Justice (Public international law session), The Hague, the Netherlands

  • 2007
    Fellowship - Certificate: Bancaja Euro-Mediterranean Courses of International Law, Castellon, Spain

  • 2004
    Fellowship - Certificate: Université Libre de Bruxelles – Michigan State University International Summer School (“External Relations of the European Union”), Brussels, Belgium

Grants

  • 2017-2018
    Seed Grant, Qatar University
  • 2017-2018
    Student Grant, Qatar University
  • 2010-2011
    Nippon Foundation of Japan, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)

  • 2010-2012
    Collège des Ecoles Doctorales de l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne

  • 2009
    Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy

  • 2008-2011
    A.G. Leventis Foundation

  • 2008-2011
    Holy Synod – The Church of Greece

  • 2008
    French Government, The Hague Academy of International Law

  • 2006-2007
    French Government

  • 2007
    Bancaja International Centre for Peace and Development