Horia Ciurtin is a Legal Adviser in the field of international investment law and international arbitration; Associate Expert at New Strategy Center (Bucharest); Managing Editor of the EFILA Blog which appears under the auspices of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (Brussels), as well as Editor at VERSO Journal (Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, Romania).

At the moment he is conducting doctoral research under the aegis of the Amsterdam Center for International Law (University of Amsterdam) on issues pertaining to (deviant) territoriality narratives within international (investment) law.

He was one of the co-authors of the volume dedicated to the ICSID Convention and published by Kluwer Law International, signing the study “Paradoxes of (Sovereign) Consent: On the Uses and Abuses of a Notion in International Investment Law”. In 2014, awarded with the Honorable Mention in the Nappert Prize in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law (organized by McGill University).

Author of two books, numerous chapters in collective volumes, as well as of multiple studies and policy papers in domestic and international academic journals, in the field of international law and international relations, constitutional law and legal philosophy.

He has been broadly involved in research activities and advisory work throughout the Balkans and Eastern Europe, but also in relation to the Asia-Pacific region. His area of expertise stretches beyond the legal field, being active in strategic analysis, geoeconomics and religious studies.

Publications [Selection]


Contributions to collective volumes:

  • „Paradoxes of (Sovereign) Consent: On the Uses and Abuses of a Notion in International Investment Law”, in Crina Baltag (ed.), ICSID Convention After 50 Years: Unsettled Issues, Kluwer International, 2017.
  • „A Hermeneutical Perspective upon the ‘Mitigation of Damages’ Principle: The Metamorphosis of a Concept in International Law”, in Andrea K. Bjorklund (ed.), Nappert Prize in International Arbitration, ICC/McGill, Paris, 2015.

Policy Papers, Reports:​

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Conferences, Lectures, Presentations​

  • Presentation at the 2017 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum entitled ‘The Geopolitics of International Law: Contemporary Challenges for the Asia-Pacific’, Taipei (Taiwan), 20 May 2017.
  • Lecture at the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research about the EU’s Investment Court System, Taipei (Taiwan), 19 May 2017.
  • Presentation of a study regarding the strategic dimension of trade and investment in the Balkans (at the Croatian Defense Academy), joint New Strategy Center-IRMO conference, March 2017, Zagreb.
  • Presentation at the debate entitled ‘Strategic challenges in the area between the Adriatic and the Black Sea’ organized by New Strategy Center (Romania) and The Institute for Development and International Relations – IRMO (Croatia), Bucharest, 20 February 2017.
  • Presentation at the the Institute for Comparative Law from Belgrade, Serbia, 15 November 2016.
  • Key Note Lecture at the Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA), Queen Mary University of London, 28 January 2016, co-lecturer Emanuela Matei.
  • Participation at the debate regarding TTIP and ISDS organized by the Representation of the European Commission to Romania, 6 October 2015, Bucharest.
  • Presentation of an international law study at the ​International Conference “Perspectives of Business Law in the Third Millennium“, November 15-16, 2013, Bucharest.

Contributions to Specialized Blogs/Cultural Press [selection]:​