Matthew Parish

Honorary Professor

Dr Matthew Parish is a highly distinguished international lawyer currently based in Geneva, specialising in specialising in cross-border arbitration, litigation and enforcement, international trade, foreign investment, resource extraction and export, emerging markets and public international law. Educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Chicago, he completed the Legal Practice Course in 1998, and has been admitted as a Solicitor by the Law Society of England and Wales (higher rights of audience – all courts); is an Attorney and counsellor-at-law, New York; and is Registered at the Bar in the canton of Fribourg, Switzerland as well as at the courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He previously served as a legal intern (stagiaire) to Advocate-General Francis Jacobs at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, worked as the head of a legal department in the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a UN specialist agency, and in the legal department of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Washington, D.C. In 2013, Dr Parish was singled out as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

His publications have appeared in prestigious peer reviewed journals, including the Law Quarterly Review, England’s foremost academic legal journal, and the European Law Review, the premier English language journal on European law, amongst others. He has published three books with highly regarded academic publishers, including Mirages of International Justice: The Elusive Pursuit of a Transnational Legal Order (Edward Elgar, London May 2011), and Ethnic Civil War and the Promise of Law (Edward Elgar, London, April 2016). He has spoken at numerous conferences across the world on questions of international law, and has frequently provided interviews and contributed to the press in a range of countries. He teaches two postgraduate degree courses on commodities trading at the University of Geneva, where he lectures on international litigation, arbitration and enforcement of judgments, and he is a frequent guest lecturer on international relations at a number of universities across Europe. Dr Parish has provided leadership in his field as the Co-Chair of an International Law Association policy committee based in New York, and as a committee member with the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce, and provides pro bono legal advice to non-governmental organizations in Geneva. These contributions and achievements are (at least) equivalent to those to be expected for promotion to a personal Chair.

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