Paolo Vargiu

Lecturer

Contact details

Email: paolo.vargiu@le.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2339
Twitter: @vargiu

Personal details

  • JD (Cagliari)
  • LLM (Nottingham)
  • PhD (Nottingham)
  • PGCHE (Leicester)
  • FHEA
  • Attorney at Law (Italy)

 

I am a public international lawyer with a variety of research interest, focussing primarily on international investment law and arbitration, international commercial arbitration, jurisprudence, literature, and human rights. My current research deals with the semiotics and linguistics of investment arbitration, the analysis of public international law through the lens of comic book series, and the obstacles faced by motor disabled individuals in accessing legal education and practice. I am also co-leading, under the direction of Tony Cole, an ESRC-funded project on the social and psychological underpinnings of commercial arbitration in Europe.

I joined Leicester as a lecturer in September 2010. Before coming to Leicester, I taught EU Law and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) as a teaching assistant in the Law School at the University of Nottingham from 2008 to 2010. I have also been a teaching assistant in International Law and EU Law at the University of Cagliari (Italy) from 2005 to 2007, and a research assistant to Prof. Mary E. Footer at Nottingham. I read law at the University of Cagliari, where I graduated with a JD in 2005, before moving to the University of Nottingham for my LLM (2007) and PhD (2012). I have obtained a PGCHE from the University of Leicester in 2012 and become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2013.

I am a qualified attorney in Italy and I regularly advise clients on matters of international investment law, international arbitration and public international law.

 

Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • International Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration (Module Convenor)
  • Jurisprudence

LLM:

  • International Investment Law (Module Convenor)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (Module Convenor)
  • General Principles of Public International Law

Publications

Books, journal articles and book chapters:

  • Vargiu P., "The Screening of Foreign Investment in Southern European Countries", in A. Moeberg, S. Hindelang (eds.), A Common European Law on Investment Screening (Springer, 2019) (forthcoming);
  • Vargiu P., Seatzu F., "PRIME Finance", in R. Wolfrum (ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, (Oxford University Press, 2018) (forthcoming);
  • Vargiu P., Ahmed M., “Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention in the United Kingdom”, in G. Bermann (ed.), Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention (Springer, 2017), pp. 977-995.
  • Vargiu P., Cortés P., Pilia C., “The Implementation of the Consumer ADR Directive in Italy”, in Cortés P., The New Regulatory Framework for Consumer Dispute Resolution (Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 209-226.
  • Vargiu P., Seatzu F., Rethinking the Dualism of Regionalism vs. Universalism in the Light of the Sub-Saharan Experience with the Regulation of Foreign Investments, 2015 Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law 357-381 (2016).
  • Vargiu P., Seatzu F., Africanizing Bilateral Investment Treaties (‘BITs’): Some Case Studies and Future Prospects of a Pro-Active African Approach to International Investment, 30(2) Connecticut Journal of International Law 143-168 (2015).
  • Vargiu P., Seatzu F., Bilateralism, Multilateralism and the Quest for a Multilateral Investment Agreement for Sub-Saharan African Countries, 69(3) La Comunità Internazionale 315-340 (2014).
  • Vargiu, P., Deplano R., The Human Rights Dimension of UN Security Council Resolutions, in Carby-Hall, JR. (ed.), Essays on Human Rights: A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Janusz Kochanowski (Jus et Lex, 2014), p. 520.
  • Vargiu P., Environmental Expropriation in International Investment Law, in Treves T., Seatzu F., Trevisanut S. (eds.), Foreign Investment, International Law and Common Concerns (Routledge, 2014), p. 213-238.
  • Vargiu P., Borgia F., When Investment Law Takes Over: Towards a New Legal Regime to Regulate Asia Pacific's Submarine Cable Boom, 29 Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs 1 (2013) (available here).
  • Vargiu P., Borgia F., The Inuit Declaration on Sovereignty in the Arctic: Between the Right to Self-Determination and a New Concept of Sovereignty?, The Yearbook of Polar Law IV (2012): 189–204.
  • Vargiu P., The establishment of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal, 7(2) International Organizations Law Review 261 (2010).
  • Vargiu P., Beyond Hallmarks and Formal Requirements: a “Jurisprudence Constante” on the Notion of Investment in the ICSID Convention, 10(5) Journal of World Investment and Trade 753 (2009).
  • Vargiu P. , Cenni sulla protezione delle minoranze nazionali nel sistema delle Nazioni Unite (Brief remarks on the protection of national minorities in the UN system), in Deplano R. (ed.), I diritti delle persone dentro e fuori i confini costituzionali, Bari, 2008, p. 56.

Conference papers:

  • Vargiu P., Stakeholders of Investment Arbitration, to be presented at the ESIL Conference "Actors in International Investment Law Beyond Claimants, Respondents and Arbitrators", Paris, 26-27 September 2019.

  • Vargiu P., The Shortcomings of Public International Law: Lessons from Robert Kirkman's "The Walking Dead", presented at the second Literature and International Law at the Edge Conference, London School of Economics, 26-27 July 2019.

  • Vargiu P. Langue and Parole of Investment Arbitration, presented at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), University of Leeds, 3-5 April 2019.

  • Vargiu P., Country Report on Southern Europe (Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal), presented at the University of Göteborg, A Common European Law on Investment Screening, 7-8 March 2019.

  • Vargiu P. Semiotics of Investment Arbitration, presented at the University of Leicester, Centre for European Law and Integration (CELI), 14 November 2018

  • Vargiu P., The Worst-Kept Secret in the World: TTIP, ISDS, and the Quest for Transparency and Democracy in the Regulation of Foreign investment, presented at the University of Leicester, Centre for European Law and Integration (CELI), 3 November 2015.

  • Vargiu P., Real Justice or Quick Answers: The Elusive Nature of ICSID Tribunals’ Decisions, presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), University of York, 1-4 September 2015.
  • Vargiu P., The Elusive Nature of ICSID Tribunals’ Decisions, presented at the City University Law School, London, 4 June 2015.
  • Vargiu P., Thomas S., Retiring Property: A Radical Approach to Ownership, presented at the 3rd Leicester-Modena Exchange Conference, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), 23-24 April 2015.
  • Vargiu P., Thomas S., Retiring Property: A Radical Approach to Ownership, presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), University of Warwick, 31 March 2015.
  • Vargiu P., The Elusive Nature of ICSID Tribunals’ Decisions, presented at an ad hoc CELI Public Seminar, School of Law, University of Leicester, 18 March 2015.
  • Vargiu P., Environmental Expropriation: the Danger for Investors Abroad, presented at the 1st Leicester-Modena Erasmus Conference: “A Dialogue on Law and Rights”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), 18-19 April 2013.
  • Vargiu P., Environmental Expropriation in International Investment Law, presented at “Foreign Investment and Common Concerns: An International Law Perspective”, University of Cagliari (Italy), 11-12 May 2012.
  • Vargiu P., When Investment Law Takes Over: Towards a New Legal Regime to Regulate Asia Pacific’s Submarine Cable Boom, presented at the 2011 ILA Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, 29 May – 1 June 2011, Taipei (Taiwan).
  • Vargiu P., The Inuit Declaration on Sovereignty in the Arctic: Between the Right to Self-Determination and a New Concept of Sovereignty, presented at the ILA British Branch Annual Conference, 27-28 April 2011, University of Sheffield.
  • Vargiu P., Ahmed I., Our Lives are Ours to Take: the Right to Die under the European Convention on Human Rights, presented at the Annual Human Rights Conference, 14 March 2009, University of Nottingham.

Book reviews and review articles:

  • Vargiu P. (2015), Review-article on S. Di Benedetto, International Investment Law and the Environment (Edward Elgar), 11:2 McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy 379-389 (2015).
  • Vargiu P., Book Review of J. Paulsson, The Idea of Arbitration, 34(4) Civil Justice Quarterly 393 (2015).
  • Vargiu P. (2013), Book Review of Kroll S., Mistelis L., Perales Viscasillas P., The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods - Article by Article Commentary (Hart), 18 Journal of International Maritime Law 478 (2012).
  • Vargiu P. (2008), Book Review of Mateus A., Moreira T., Competition Law and Economics: Advances in Competition Policy and Antitrust Enforcement (Kluwer Law International), 5 Public Procurement Law Review 221 (2008).­

Research

international investment law and arbitration, international commercial arbitration, jurisprudence, literature, human rights.

Supervision

I welcome applications for PhDs in the fields of international investment law, international commercial arbitration and public international law. While I'm happy to receive inquiries and assist with drafting research proposals, inquiries about the formal application process and the PhD programme at Leicester must be emailed to pglaw@le.ac.uk. When sending a research proposal, please attach your CV and make your email very short and easy to answer. Every enquiry shall be duly considered; please do not contact me by phone should I not reply to your email immediately, but rather send an always welcomed reminder.

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