Szilard Gaspar-Szilagyi


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Szilárd is happy to supervise doctoral dissertations in the following fields:
• International trade law and regional economic integration
• International investment law and investment treaty arbitration
• European Union Law (constitutional aspects, internal market, Common Commercial Policy, External Relations)
• The Regulation of Online Trading and Investing

Szilárd is currently lead PhD supervisor for:

• Moamen Elwan, Mapping the Unchartered Waters of the Interaction Between Competition Law and Investment Law (2022 – present)
• Amos T Kofa, Understanding the Interactions between Domestic Courts and Foreign Investors and its Relations to Economic Development: A Case Study of Four African Countries (2022 – present)


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research interests

My research expertise includes several areas of interest:

  • The domestic effects of international agreements in the EU and the US
  • The reform of investor-state arbitration
  • The EU’s Investment Law and Policy
  • EU External Relations Law and EU Trade Policy
  • The regulation of online trading and investing
  • Regional Economic Integration and Preferential Trade Agreements
  • Compliance with ISDS awards


Dr. Gáspár-Szilágyi is a Lecturer in EU and International Economic Law. Prior to his lectureship at the University of Birmingham, he worked as a Lecturer in Law at Keele University (UK), as a postdoctoral fellow at the PluriCourts Centre of Excellence at the University of Oslo (Norway), as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Amsterdam, and as a Lecturer at the Hague University of Applied Sciences. He defended his PhD in 2015 at Aarhus University in Denmark. He also holds a two-year LLM from Maastricht University (the Netherlands, top 3%) and an LLB from Babes-Bolyai University (Romania, valedictorian). He has pursued research stays and foreign exchanges at Vienna University, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, the Asser Institute in the Hague, Utrecht University, Bucerius Law School, and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He regularly publishes on topics concerning international investment law, EU investment law, EU external relations, and regional economic integration. His publications have appeared, among others, in European Law Review, The Journal of World Investment and Trade, The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals, Common Market Law Review, European Papers, and others.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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