Szilard Gaspar-Szilagyi

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

My research expertise includes several areas of interest:

  • The domestic effects of international agreements in the EU and the US (PhD)
  • The legitimacy of investor-state arbitration (Postdoc)
  • The EU’s Investment Law and Policy (Postdoc, and current)
  • EU External Relations Law and EU Trade Policy (Postdoc, and current)
  • The regulation of online trading and investing (current)
  • Regional Economic Integration and Preferential Trade Agreements (Postdoc and Current)


Dr. Gáspár-Szilágyi is a Lecturer in EU and International Economic Law. Prior to his lectureship at Birmingham University, 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.

Willingness to take 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