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A Free City in the Balkans
Mirages of International Justice
Should Catalonia be Independent
Spy's Diary
Essays from a Maximum Security Swiss Prison
Grinding the Mind

Religious tolerance in an age of extremes - a multilateral approach

28 August 2018

What should the United States do with the United Nations?

15 August 2018

The sociology of the United Nations

13 August 2018

Is a Ukrainian Peace Agreement Possible?

8 August 2018

Insuring against war: the role of the United Nations in the modern world

7 August 2018

Are the Sustainable Development Goals Useful?

6 August 2018

Israel and the Palestinian Conflict - Lessons from the Peacekeeper's Toolbox

3 August 2018

Detente Redux - the US, Russia and China in the Modern World

30 July 2018

Human Rights in the United Nations System

26 July 2018

A modern theory of the United Nations

23 July 2018

How to denuclearise a country

19 July 2018

What now for the two Koreas?

16 July 2018

Europe and the Trump Presidency

13 July 2018

The future of the United Nations Development System

11 July 2018

Recasting the Levant

9 July 2018

Restraining Persia

6 July 2018

Social media and modern politics

4 July 2018

International cooperation on intellectual property

2 July 2018

The politics of identity

29 June 2018

Can the United Nations do Peacekeeping?

27 June 2018

The international civil service

25 June 2018

An introduction to financing the United Nations

25 April 2018

Peacekeeping, human rights and peacekeeper wrongdoing

28 March 2018

La Necesidad de Paz

18 December 2017

The Need for Peace

18 December 2017

Catalonia Suppressed

9 December 2017

Catalonia Votes

28 November 2017

Votaciones Catalanas

27 November 2017

Catalonian Independence

30 October 2017

Sequestering Catalonia

27 October 2017

What was the Islamic State? Will it be back?

24 October 2017

Don't believe anything you read about Kirkuk

17 October 2017

Reflection on the Catalan Conundrum

9 October 2017

The fog of war - divining the truth in Avdiivka

3 February 2017

Combatting extremism - the reformative paradigm of Saudi Arabia

18 January 2017

Reset redux - how to coordinate US and Russian foreign relations

17 January 2017

Multilateralism from the Zhou to Qing dynasties - lessons for the international community in the modern age

9 January 2017

Learning the lessons of transitional justice in Tunisia - a paradigm for global conflict resolution?

21 December 2016

How to reform the United Nations

15 December 2016

Iraq - where there are no solutions then where should we look?

13 December 2016

Catastrophe in Burundi - the tragic human cost of political deadlock

8 December 2016

Syria - can the carnage be stopped?

5 December 2016

The cataclysm of Haiti - what should the United Nations do next?

1 December 2016

A European phoenix - a new role for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

29 November 2016

Europe in crisis - an agenda for peace

25 November 2016

Embracing diversity - an agenda for the United Nations

24 November 2016

Agreeing to end civil wars - reflections from the Balkans to Ukraine

15 April 2015

Law and genocide - lessons from the Balkans

9 February 2015

Fighting Cold War in Russia and Ukraine

9 January 2015

Living with the Islamic State

31 December 2014

The spectre of nationalism in the modern Balkans

3 December 2014

Four reflections on the High Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina

7 October 2014

Bosnia and Iraq - Cycles of Calamity

26 June 2014

An Enquiry concerning the Donetsk People's Republic

6 June 2014

Kosovo and Crimea - What's the Difference?

2 June 2014

Winners and Losers in the Balkan Wars - Lesson for Ukraine and the Levant

12 May 2014

Temperance in the Arab Spring - Averting Catastrophe through Great Power Politics

25 November 2013

Syria Disfigured - Options for the West

27 August 2013

Egypt's Democratic Phantasm

16 July 2013

Tales from Herzeg-Bosna - the trial of the Prlic defendants

31 May 2013

Bosnian Serb secession - could it ever happen?

7 May 2013

International criminal law - justice or mirage?

2 May 2013

Bosnia's ragged demise

15 August 2012

Reflections on the siege of Sarajevo

10 April 2012

War Crimes and Prconsulship in the Balkans

8 March 2012

Waiting for Godot in Dodik's Bosnia

21 September 2011

Kosovo - the politics of partition

8 August 2011

The silent passing of Bosnian proconsulship

13 June 2011

Milorad Dodik and the Politics of Referendum

16 May 2011

Ante Gotovina and the Politics of International Justice

19 April 2011

Croat Crisis Pushes Bosnia towards Endgame

23 March 2011

Dodik's next move - squeezing Brcko dry

3 February 2011

Bosnia - the unfortunate fate of Dragomir Andan

12 October 2010

Republika Srpska - After Independence

24 November 2009

This is a list of articles and other materials that pre-date 2020.

A Free City in the Balkans: Reconstructing a Divided Society in Bosnia

I.B.Tauris, London (October 2009)

Following the brutal wars which raged in the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina was awkwardly partitioned into two governing entities: the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska. But there was one part of the country which could not be fitted into either category: the Brcko District, a strategically critical land-bridge between the two parts of the Bosnian Serb territory. This region was the subject of a highly unusual experiment: placed under a regime of internationally supervised government, Brcko became a 'free city', evoking the memory of Trieste or Danzig over fifty years ago. What has this experiment in state-building revealed about the history of this troubled corner of the Balkans - and its future? What lessons can be applied to conflict resolution in other parts of the world? And was the experiment successful or have the citizens of Brcko suffered further at the hands of the international community? A Free City in the Balkans investigates the rise and fall of Brcko and post-war Bosnia and investigates what lessons can be learned for international peacekeeping missions elsewhere.

  • “Matthew Parish's analysis is rigorous, clear-eyed and extremely persuasive ... the book is a terrific as well as important read”

  • “A vivid and at times very disturbing picture of multiple layers of institutional, cultural and political misunderstandings at all levels of Bosnian government”

  • “This is a story that needed to be told, not least because it is a story of our times – one of internationally-driven state-building in the contemporary context, and all of the inherent problems associated with such projects. ... a timely and valuable addition to the existing literature”

  • “a story of the problems that internationally driven state-building in failed states faces: dis-appointment, betrayal and illusions. … of interest to anyone interested in pitfalls and success of liberal peace and ethics of building”

  • “a substantive and thoughtful contribution to the literature on the international intervention and involvement in the Balkans … will provoke thoughtful reevaluation that even the most read and informed observer of developments in Bosnia will be forced to consider”

  • “[Your book] is written with so much of emotion, not to say frustration and bitterness that it becomes more a caricature of reality than a compilation of well considered observations and opinions. ... The result is a book full of twisted truths, half-truths and blatant lies”

First book, discussing the work of a public international law arbitration tribunal: the Arbitral Tribunal for the Dispute over the Inter-Entity Boundary in the Brčko Area, of which the author was one of the principal officers.



Mirages of International Justice: The Elusive Pursuit of a Transnational Legal Order

Edward Elgar, London (May 2011)

Since the end of the Cold War there has been an explosion of international courts and tribunals that sit apart from domestic legal systems, yet they are often woefully inadequate for their stated purposes. This book explores common problems across these courts, and applies a constructivist theory of international relations to explain their operation. Often established by states as signals of their commitment to moral values and political ideology, once created these courts find themselves trapped between the interests of the Great Powers. Some endure irrelevance, their judgements ignored. Yet more are unusably slow. Still others exhibit demonstrable political bias. Their common failings suggest that international law is not nearly as robust as it claims. The author skilfully shows that international courts are a species of international organisation, and share the same challenges of bureaucracy and unaccountability as have plagued the United Nations. Mirages of International Justice will be of particular interest to scholars and practitioners interested in critiques of the European Court of Human Rights, the World Trade Organisation, investment treaty arbitration, the EU courts, the international criminal courts, the International Court of Justice and public international law in general. Students of international relations and advocates for reform of international organisations will also learn much from this insightful study.

  • “This is a book of unusual power and insight. Parish's deconstruction of the illusory promise of international justice may make uneasy reading but it is a necessary addition to the literature in this field”

  • “This book issues the latest blast against the crumbling battlements of the cloud-fortress of international law.  Meticulous, engaging, and forcefully written, the book offers little consolation for defenders amid the ruins”

  • "This is an excellent book … insightful and intelligent about international law and the international organizations who purport to administer it … without the cynicism one might expect from someone who has been through the system"

Second book, comparing structural failures in different international courts and tribunals. Applies the insights of realism and constructivism in international relations theory to international law. Compares the ECHR, investment tribunals, the ICJ, international criminal courts, the WTO and the EU courts.


  • Russian Yearbook of Legal Theory, Vol. 3 (2010), 842

  • Politika, 10 September 2011

  • Law Society Journal of NSW, February 2012

Film Finance: The Hidden Wager (2002) 118 L.Q.R. 187

Considers whether there is an insurable interest in film finance insurance policies. Published in the Law Quarterly Review, England’s foremost academic legal journal.

Cited in Malcolm A. Clarke, Law of Insurance Contracts, 5 Rev Ed (2006) §4-5M

State aid and third parties: a logical paradox (2002) 27 E.L.Rev. 628

Addresses the nature of remedies in EC competition law cases in which government financial assistance to private sector companies has been held to be unlawful. Published in the European Law Review, the premier English language journal on EC law.

On the Private Investor Principle (2003) 28 E.L.Rev. 70 

Critique of a central principle of EC competition law as conceptually incoherent. At the request of Philippe Herzog MEP, I gave expert evidence to the European Parliament on the subject matter of this article in June 2003 in connection with proposed law reforms. My presentation notes to the Parliament are available at

Why are developing world private finance contracts so difficult to get right?

Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence, Vol. 5(2) April 2007

Discusses microeconomic obstacles to successful execution of project finance contracts for the private operation of infrastructure services in the developing world, and the high incidence of arbitration and renegotiation associated with them. Examines information and cooperation problems, and analyses failures to plan adequately for dispute resolution scenarios. Available at

On Necessity J. World Inv’t & Trade 11(2): 1 (2010)

Critique of the public international law “emergency defences” in the context of the global economic crisis, as elucidated through ICJ and investment tribunal case law, and the ILC draft articles on state responsibility.

The Proper Law of an Arbitration Agreement

Arbitration, the Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 76(4): 661 (2010)

Argues that conventional doctrines of dépeçage in the law of international arbitration are confused. The “proper law of an arbitration agreement” by which an arbitration clause’s validity is judged should generally follow the lex fori, irrespective of the lex causae; but capacity to arbitrate should be assessed by the lex domicilii, even for public entities.

Awarding Moral Damages to Respondent States in Investment Arbitration

Berkeley Journal of International Law 29(1): 101 (2010)

Investigates the incidence of moral damages claims in investment treaty arbitration. Surveys cases where claimants have been awarded moral damages, and considers the criteria and quantum. Also suggests respondent states may be entitled to bring counterclaims for moral damages where claimants proceed vexatiously in bringing investment treaty claims.

Investment Treaty Law and International Law Am.Rev.Int’l.Arb. 23(1): 137 (2012)

Considers the occasions on which arbitration tribunal established under investment treaties have had cause to consider the content of other areas of law, and examines the different methods they have used for resolving areas of overlap and conflict. Considers in particular the relationship between investment treaty law and human rights law, EU law and international arbitration law.

Winner, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Best Short Article of 2012 

Also published in Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law (T. Weiler, ed., Juris 2014)

An Introduction to the Energy Charter Treaty Am.Rev.Int’l.Arb. 20: 191 (2010)

Provides an overview of the jurisdictional requirements for US investors to acquire Energy Charter Treaty protections when investing in the energy sector in Eastern Europe and the CIS.

The public international law of bank bail-outs

Transnational Dispute Management, Vol. 7(1) April 2010

Discusses the principles of international investment law applicable to the bank bail-outs that occurred globally in 2008/2009, and asks whether claims may be raised before investment tribunals by investors aggrieved by the terms of national bail-out programmes.

International Officials Austrian Rev.Int’l.Eur.L. Vol. 13: 79 (2008)

Discusses the powers in public international law of officials charged with UN-mandated and other international territorial administrations in post-conflict societies. Argues that those powers should be strictly delimited and subject to international legal review by an impartial international judicial body.

Available on SSRN:

An Essay on the Accountability of International Organizations Int’l.Org.L.Rev. 7(2): 277 (2010)

Argues for improved legal accountability of international organizations, abandonment of traditional doctrines of functional immunity from domestic suit, and application of human rights treaties to the acts of IOs. First presented as part of a conference panel on accountability of international organisations, of which the author was the Chair. International Law Association Conference: Challenges to Transnational Governance, Fordham Law School, NYC, 22-23 October 2009.

Also available on SSRN at

Discussed by the NGO UN Justice at

Reviewed by Opinio Juris

The Economic Logic of Formality in Property Law

European Law & Economics Association (ELEA) 2009 Annual Conference (September 2009)

Discusses the economic rationale of the common law rule that passage of title to personalty is a question of parties’ intention. Compares this principle unfavourably with a Roman-Germanic doctrine of traditio.

The Demise of the Dayton Protectorate Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, December 2007

Discusses the rise and fall of the international legal regime in post-war Bosnia, under which a UN official called the “High Representative” ran Bosnia as an internationally administered governorate for over ten years. Available at:

See also the commentary in the Bosnian press:

OHR should leave as soon as possible, Glas Srpske, 12 June 2008

OHR should urgently close, Nezavisne Novine, 21 July 2008

This piece has been discussed in domestic and international academic circles. See e.g. Sylvie Rammel, Status, Vol. 13(2008), 10; Heinrich Böll Foundation, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Controversies of the EU Integration Process (Sarajevo 2008); Arvanitopoulous and Tzifakis, Eur. View (2008) 7:15.

Republika Srpska: After Independence 

Argues that the fracture of post-war Bosnia into two or more mini-states is inevitable. The international community’s best course is not to make futile attempts to resist it, but rather delay the process. When the inevitable finally happens, the international community should accept the country’s partition and ameliorate the worst consequences.

Published in multiple venues:

Balkan Insight magazine 19 November 2009

Belgrade Insight (Serbian newspaper) 20 November 2009

Transconflict Journal 24 November 2009

Buka magazine 27 July 2010

Žurnal 27 August 2010

Also published as: Conflict Resolution in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Laying Troubles for the Future

in Proceedings of the 2010 Geneva Security Forum 

See also the extended interview the author gave to Žurnal about this article, 28 and 29 August 2010: (Part #1) #2)

The interview is also available in English on the Transconflict website:

See also the discussion in Depo (newspaper):

Paradigms of State-Building: Comparing Bosnia and Kosovo

Journal of Eurasian Law 3(3) (2010)

First presented at Columbia University 28 October 2010

Available on SSRN:

Critiques the legal structure of international territorial administration in post-war Bosnia and Kosovo. Draws parallels between the legal structure of the state-building missions in each territory, yet observes that the challenges facing intervention missions in each territory were profoundly different, and seeks to draw lessons from the errors made by the international community in each jurisdiction.

Arbitration in the Western Balkans: The Emerging Commercial Landscape

Pravni Život (Serbian academic legal journal), December 2010

Also presented at the conference of the Kopaonik School of Natural Law, 14 December 2010

Available on SSRN:

The political logic of Balkanisation

Proceedings of the Geneva Security Forum (2011)

Considers the success and failures of secessionist movements around the world, the international law governing state secession, and the political conditions which make secession possible, in the context of state-building missions that seek to hold countries together in the aftermath of civil war.

International courts and the European Legal Order

European Journal of International Law, Vol. 23(1) (2012)

Considers the possibility for conflict between different areas of international law, in particular between EU law and other areas of international law, and reviews the opinion of the European Court of Justice declaring the European Community and Patents Court to be inconsistent with EU law.

International sanctions and how to evade them

Oil Gas & Energy Law 10th Edition Special Issue, March 2012

Analyzes the legal effects of differing regimes of international sanctions, and the ease of evading those sanctions. Includes travel bans, banking bans and export embargoes, principally considered in the context of the 2012 Iran crisis.

Wrongful acts of international organizations: no remedy means no responsibility

International Law Association Committee Report, 18 December 2012

Considers the obligations under international law of international organizations, and the paucity of remedies available to those adversely affected by their decisions. The article also serves as an introduction to the committee’s work.

Deregulating legal fees

Legal Studies, September 2012 

Argues that regulators’ schemes for controlling freedom of contract between lawyers and their clients for their fee structures are self-defeating. In particular the prohibition on contingency fees has no sound policy ground save restricting access to justice. Fee regulation is another sort of barrier to entry regulation and promotes cartel practices amongst legal professionals.

Judicial Politics and the Balkan Wars

Foreign Legal Life, Volume 2(2013)

A critical assessment of the decision of the Appellate Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia to overturn the first instance decision convicting the Croatian General Ante Gotovina of war crimes in the course of Operation Storm, expelling Serbs from Krajina, in August 1995.

International law and Great Power Politics

In David Feldman, ed., Law in Politics, Politics in Law (Oxford: Hart), 2013

Considers the relationship between the way international law is developed and adjudicated by international courts, and the relative political strength of the sovereign litigants that international law concerns. Advances the author’s pessimistic constructivism theory of international law.

International Law and International Organizations: the Legacy of the Twentieth Century

Право Журнал высшей школы экономики (2014), Vol. 2: 124

(Legal Journal of the Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russian Federation)

Explores the rise of international organisations in the political history of the twentieth century, the consequent growth of international law, and the effects of this growth upon international relations, from a constructivist perspective.


Magazines, papers, book reviews

  • Litigation in a fairy-tale land

Lovells Client Note June 2002. Discusses cultural, procedural and strategic issues when litigating in the EU courts.

  • In Brief magazine

Five articles on the trends in the London legal market in areas as diverse as real estate and international insolvency, in the May–August 2001 editions of the UK professional journal.

  • Regionalism and Trade

Conference paper on the political economy of regional trade agreements, presented at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City. Conference on regionalism and public policy, in association with the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, May 3-5, 2005.

  • Une ville libre dans les Balkans

Revue Militaire Suisse, November 2010

Discussion for a military audience of international intervention in post-war Bosnia, and the country’s likely future direction following departure of the robust international presence occupying Bosnia since the end of its war in 1995.

  • Book review: Davidson, Dundas and Bartos, The Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010

Practitioners’ textbook on the new Scottish arbitration legislation.

Transnational Dispute Management, Vol. 7(2) (July 2010)

  • Industry Life after Deepwater Horizon: The new Swiss Arbitration landscape

American Lawyer magazine, September 2010

  • Moves towards protectionism: the impact on commodities

HFW Commodities Bulletin, January 2012

  • Geneva: the new commodities capital?

Global Arbitration Review, 29 February 2012

  • New Horizons in Commodity Trade Finance: Perils or Promise?

HFW Commodities Bulletin, March 2012

  • Drafting international arbitration clauses

HFW International Arbitration Quarterly, March 2012

  • Transparency in international arbitration: towards a contemporary paradigm

HFW International Arbitration Quarterly, December 2013

Media interviews and editorials

  • Glas Srpske (Bosnian daily newspaper), 16 October 2008

  • Glas Srpske, 18 October 2008

  • The Bosnian state is collapsing and the West looks away

NRC Handelsblat (Dutch daily newspaper), 18 October 2008

  • OHR should close, the sooner the better

Oslobodjenje (Bosnian daily newspaper), 25 October 2008

  • Is OHR about to appoint a Brčko Mayor?

     Nezavisne Novine (Bosnian daily newspaper), 14 December 2008

  • Lajčák resigns: what next for Bosnia?

Oslobodjenje, 31 January 2009

  • While the village burns, OHR brushes its hair (on the economic crisis in Bosnia)

Oslobodjenje, 25 July 2009

  • Bonus supertax sends the City’s super-rich to Switzerland

Interview, The Sunday Times (UK newspaper), 17 January 2010

  • Genève, l’autre crise du logement

Interview, Le Temps (Swiss newspaper), 19 February 2010ève_lautre_crise_du_logement

  • Being close to the Balkans

Interview, World Radio Switzerland, 16 March 2010

  • Gregorian’s Departure weakens US interest in Bosnia

Balkan Insight, 31 March 2010

  • Diplomacy Trail: A New Era

Interview, World Radio Switzerland, 1 June 2010

  • Kosovo ruling reveals World Court’s Darker Side

Balkan Insight, 28 July 2010

Also published in Belgrade Insight, 30 July 2010

  • New powers for EU Bosnia envoy questioned

Interview, Balkan Insight, 28 July 2010

  • Open letter to Ambassador Roderick Moore

Oslobodjenje, 11 September 2010

Discussed by Ivan Lovrenović, Dani, 17 September 2010

  • US courts chip away at the crumbling edifice of legal immunity

UN Justice, 29 September 2010

  • The unfortunate case of Dragomir Andan

Nezavisne Novine, 7 October 2010

English translation also published:

  • Tadić and Dodik: Friends in Torment

Balkan Insight, 23 November 2010

  • The status of Sarajevo – question of all questions in post-Dayton Bosnia

Interview by Dušan Babić, Dani, 25 November 2010

  • Richard Holbrooke, Balkan Peacemaker

Obituary, Balkan Insight, 14 December 2010

  • Dodik’s next move: squeezing Brčko dry

Oslobodjenje, 27 January 2011

Also published (in English) on Transconflict:

And on Peacefare:

And in Bosnia Daily, 3 February 2011

  • Floating in a Legal Vacuum

Interview, Staff Union of the European Patent Office, 15 February 2011

  • Croat crisis pushes Bosnia towards endgame

Balkan Insight, 22 March 2011

Also published on Transconflict:

  • Court and Prosecutor’s Office Await Inevitable Collapse

Interview, Glas Srpske, 13 April 2011

Also published on Transconflict (in English)

  • The elusive pursuit of employees’ rights, FICSA Newsletter, April 2011

Also published in conjunction with the Luxembourg Colloquium on the Evolution of Legal Protection of International and European Civil Servants, 1-2 April 2011

  • Alle Wege führen ins Nichts

Interview (status of international organizations), Financial Times Deutschland, p. 20, 5 April 2011

  • Court and Prosecutor’s Office Face Inevitable Collapse

Interview, Glas Srpske, 13 April 2010 Also available (in English) at

  • Gotovina Judgment and the Politics of International Justice

Balkan Insight, 19 April 2011

Also published on Transconflict:

  • Inzko’s imprecise threat of sanctions, interview, Glas Srpske, 2 May 2011

  • Milorad Dodik and the Politics of Referendum, Transconflict, 16 May 2011

Also published as: A Referendum was Never Dodik’s Real Aim, Balkan Insight, 16 May 2011

  • The silent passing of Bosnian proconsulship, Balkan Insight, 14 June 2011

Also published on Transconflict:

Excerpts published, Nezavisne Novine 16 June 2011:

Also in Glas Srpske, 15 June 2011:

  • Kosovo: The Politics of Partition

Transconflict, 8 August 2011

  • Waiting for Godot in Dodik’s Bosnia

Transconflict, 21 September 2011

Also published in Balkan Insight, 20 September 2001, Serb Machiavelli has Bosnia’s Future in his Hands

  • The Painful Legacy of Brcko’s Imperial Experiment

Balkan Insight, 20 January 2012

  • Radio Frontier, 13 October 2011

Geneva lawyer says World Health Organisation could be sunk by legal fees

  • Le Matin (Swiss newspaper), 2 November 2011

L’avocat qui veut faire payer l’OMS

  • GHI (Swiss newspaper), 2 November 2011

Nous réclamons 500’000 dollars par employé viré!

  • World Radio Switzerland, 4 November 2011

“They’re pretending the reason is the strong Swiss franc”

  • Swissinfo (English language branch of Swiss national broadcaster), 4 November 2011

WHO faces multi-million franc lawsuits over jobs

  • Le Temps (Swiss newspaper), 12 November 2011

À Genève, la doulousreuse réforme de l’OMSève_la_douloureuse_réforme_de_lOMS

  • Radio Frontier, 14 November 2011

WHO job cuts

  • La crise touché les négociants de matières premières

Interview, Bilan, 1 February 2012

  • The West’s Balkan Proconsulships are Doomed to Fail

Balkan Insight, 2 March 2012

Also published as: War Crimes and Proconsulship in the Balkans, Transconflict, 8 March 2012

  • Two decades on, Bosnia’s divisions are self-imposed

     Balkan Insight, 9 April 2012

Also published on Transconflict, 10 April 2012, as Reflections on the Siege of Sarajevo

  • International Justice: Progress or Mirage?

Edward Elgar, 10 August 2012

  • Depressed West Averts Gaze from Bosnia’s Demise

Balkan Insight, 15 August 2012

Also published as: Bosnia’s ragged demise, Transconflict, 15 August 2012

  • Eurozone collapse: the legal consequences

Holman Fenwick Willan client note, 22 October 2012

  • Assessing race and inequality in international development

The Guardian, 28 February 2013

  • L’ONU dégraisse dès avril, GHI, 21 March 2013

  • Bosnian Serb secession: could it ever happen?

University of Texas at Austin Working Paper, 1 April 2013

  • Investment treaty law and conflicts of laws

Holman Fenwick Willan International Arbitration analysis, April 2013

  • International criminal law: justice or mirage?

Recap of comments delivered to UN General Assembly, Transconflict, 2 May 2013

Also reported in Glas Srpske, 3 May 2013

  • Tales from Herzeg-Bosnia: The trial of the Prlić defendants

Transconflict, 31 May 2013

  • Egypt’s Democratic Phantasm

Transconflict, 16 July 2013

  • Syria Disfigured: Options for the West

Transconflict, 27 August 2013

  • Sanctions and the Middle East: the Swiss deviation

Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions, Issue 24 (September 2013)

  • Temperance in the Arab Spring: averting catastrophe through Great Power politics

Transconflict, 25 November 2013

  • Internet privacy in the Global Age: Towards a Regime for Transnational Data Protection

2014 International Conference on Information Technology and Management Engineering

26-27 April 2014, Hong Kong

  • Winners and Losers in the Balkan Wars – lessons for Ukraine and the Levant

Transconflict, 12 May 2014

  • Kosovo and Crimea: What’s the Difference?

Transconflict, 2 June 2014

  • An Enquiry Concerning the Donetsk People’s Republic

Transconflict, 6 June 2014

  • The Bonn Powers, radio documentary, interview, November 2013

  • The Spectre of Nationalism in the Modern Balkans

Transconflict, 3 December 2014

  • Living with the Islamic State

Transconflict, 31 December 2014

  • Fighting Cold War in Russia and Ukraine

Transconflict, 9 January 2015

  • Towards Kurdistan Independence

Peacefare, 15 January 2015

  • Law and Genocide: Lessons from the Balkans

Transconflict, 9 February 2015

  • Arbitrators rejoice: the increasingly exorbitant cost of the English Commercial Court

Global Arbitration Review, 6 March 2015

  • The new Swiss perspective on international arbitration

Legal Business, March 2015

  • Agreeing to end civil wars: reflections from the Balkans to Ukraine

Transconflict, 15 April 2015

Conference presentations and public speeches

 European Parliament, 11 June 2003, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Services of General Interest: The Current Legal Framework and Proposals for Revision

  • University of Graz, European Academy, 21 February 2008

Federalism in Post-war Bosnia: Why it didn’t work and why it harmed Bosnia’s economy

  • Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC, 15 January 2009

     Ensuring Bosnia’s Future,com_csis_events/task,view/id,1897

  • Graduate Institute, Geneva, International Organisations seminar, 19 November 2009

The role of international organisations in peace building: the case of post-war Bosnia

  • European Law & Economics Association (ELEA) 2009 Annual Conference, September 2009

Presentation on the economics of differing legal rules for transfer of personal property

  • International Law Association Conference: Challenges to Transnational Governance

Fordham Law School, NYC, 22-23 October 2009

Panel Chair: Legal Accountability of International Organizations: Challenges and Reforms

  • East India Club, London, 10 December 2009, public lecture

Book promotion: A Free City in the Balkans

  • Webster University Geneva, seminar on post-conflict peacekeeping, 13 April 2010

Territorial limitations of peacekeeping in post-war Bosnia

  • Geneva Global Security Forum, Webster University Geneva, 16 April 2010

Panel speaker on international law and peace-building

  • Friends of Bosnia and Herzegovina (diplomatic working party)

Two Speed Bosnia: Forwards and Back

Turkish Embassy, Washington DC, 30 April 2010

  • Rutgers University, Newark NJ, 27 October 2010, public lecture

Catastrophes of State-Building: Learning from the Bosnian Prototype

  • Frozen conflicts seminar, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, NYC, 28 October 2010

One Size Fits All in International Territorial Administration: Learning from the Bosnia-Kosovo Paradigm

  • Columbia University, NYC, 28 October 2010, public lecture

State-Building in Post-war Bosnia: The Legacy of Failure

  • European Patent Organisation, Munich, 19 January 2011 (Staff Union invitation)

Law, due process and international organisations

  • Humanitarian Space, 16th International Humanitarian Conference

Is state-building a science?

Webster University, UNHCR, ICRC, Geneva International Conference Centre 27/28 January 2011

  • Geneva In-Sight (annual Geneva commodities trading meeting), 15 March 2011

Risky business: legal aspects of commodities trading in emerging markets, and future regulatory challenges

  • British Swiss Chamber of Commerce, annual legal & tax conference, Geneva, 24 March 2011

Moving your business across jurisdictions: challenges and opportunities, Conference co-chair

  • Geneva Global Security Forum, Webster University Geneva, 8 April 2011

Air strikes from Bosnia to Kosovo to Libya

  • Hart Legal Workshop, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, 30 June 2011

Abrogating Westphalia: The Perils of International Territorial Administration

  • Society of Legal Scholars annual conference, 6 September 2011

Plenary session: Lawyers and the political: politics, lawmaking and governance

  • American Branch, International Law Association, annual conference, NYC 21 October 2011

Panel chair: The Law of the International Civil Service and National Employment Law

  • Financing Commodity-Based Development in Developing Countries

UNCTAD Global Commodities Forum, 23-24 January 2012

  • International Law and the Return of Great Power Politics

Keynote speaker, Conference, Law and the Global World Community

National Research University Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, 27-28 January 2012

  • Refugees in the Balkans: The Lingering Political Landscape

Humanitarian Space Conference, 1-2 March 2012

  • The role of international arbitration in a new transnational legal order

Keynote speaker, HFW Geneva seminar series / Graduate Institute CTEI Speaker Series, 15 March 2012

  • International sanctions against Iran and commodities trading

Presentation, Roundtable on UN sanctions against Iran, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, 16 March 2012

  • The Origins of the Second Great Depression

Opening presentation, British Swiss Chamber of Commerce Legal & Tax Seminar, 28 March 2012

“Capital Flows in an Age of Crisis: Switzerland’s Role in the Changing Global Economy”

  • Asymmetric investment contracts in the African resource sector

15th African Oil, Gas and Minerals, Trade and Finance Conference (OILGASMINE), 6 April 2012

  • Security for claims

Holman Fenwick Willan Geneva seminar series, 8 May 2012

  • Commercial and investment arbitration in Switzerland and beyond

Panel speaker, St Petersburg International Legal Forum, Russian Federation, 18 May 2012

  • The politics of judicial reasoning in the English and American common laws

Keynote speaker, seminar, Differences in legal argumentation between English and continental lawyers

National Research University Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, 19 May 2012

  • Bosnia’s Disintegration: Could we Have Avoided It?

Webster University Geneva Human Rights Lecture Series, 30 August 2012

  • Conflict borders: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Brčko

European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg, Germany, 10 September 2012 /

  • Legal risks in up-stream commodities and trading in the African continent

Seizing Africa’s Business Opportunities, Conference, Geneva, 19-21 September 2012

  • Litigation and dispute resolution: methods of attacking offshore structures, and tactics for defence

Bosco conference: International Tax Effective Structures, Riga, 28 September 2012 (Conference co-chair)

  • Dealing with defaulting counterparties, security and insurance

Conference: Innovation in International Trade, Hotel Beau Rivage Palace, 3 October 2012

  • Defaulting counterparties and how to deal with them

Legal Aspects of grain trade in the Middle East countries, VII International Grain Trading Conference of the Russian Grain Union, 18 October 2012, Sharm-El-Sheikh

  • The Eurozone Crisis and the Impact of State Bankruptcy

Fédération des Entreprises Romandes, Geneva, 22 October 2012

  • Arbitrator neutrality: A legal fiction, but is it an efficient one?

Brunel University Law School visiting lecture series, 7 November 2012

  • UK anti-corruption legislation: the new framework

HFW seminar in conjunction with Janković Popović & Mitić law firm, Belgrade, 8 November 2012

  • Partition of Bosnia – When, How and What Response?

Secession Redux: Lessons for the EU, University of Texas at Austin, 1 March 2013

  • Defaulting counterparties: How do deal with them? What do you do if you are one?

Lugano Commodity Forum, 5-6 March 2013

  • The role of international criminal justice in reconciliation

Moderator and speaker, debate before the UN General Assembly, 10 April 2013

  • Anti-realism and international law

Keynote speaker, Philosophy and Contemporary International Law, St Petersburg State University, 13 May 2013

  • How to freeze a Swiss bank account

HFW seminar series, Geneva 23 May 2013

  • Arbitrator Independence and Impartiality

Panel Chair, CIArb European Branch Annual Dispute Resolution Conference, Istanbul 19 October 2013—istanbul/

  • The impact of EU and US export controls and sanctions legislation on (1) EU businesses and (2) non-EU businesses

Chair of two discussion panels, WorldECR Export Controls and Sanctions Forum, 14-15 November 2013

  • Cross-border commerce in the global electronic age: the new regulatory landscape

eCom21 Riga International Forum, 21-22 November 2013

  • Obtaining Security for Claims

Commodities Traders Alumni Conference, 28 November 2013

  • Towards a legal regime for transparency in energy commodity prices: can it and should it be done?

Fall Conference of the International Relations Program of Webster University, Geneva

National Energy Policies and International Cooperation, 29 November 2013

  • International arbitration between Russian businesses

  • Asset-tracing and piercing the corporate veil

  • How to choose your law firm

“Russian Banks in Europe – Specifics of Conducting Business”

Three speeches at a conference hosted by l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, Nice, France, 21-24 January 2014

  • Shifting moods in the Boardroom: reflections from the bowels of the legal profession

Accenture conference with the British Film Institute, London, 13 February 2014

  • Lessons learned from the Dayton Peace Accords

19th International Humanitarian Conference: Conflict Resolution, Webster University Geneva, 13 February 2014

  • OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan: How it is Affecting Tax Planning Strategies

The Upcoming Corporate Tax Reform in Switzerland: Analysis of Changes

INTAX Info Russia, 23-23 September 2014, Moscow, Russia

  • Maximising benefits of investments: policy dialogues

OilGasMine Special Event Africa, UNCTAD World Investment Forum, Geneva 13-16 October 2014

  • Russia: death of a market?

10th Annual Structured Commodity Finance Conference 2015, London, 10-12 March 2015

  • Corporate tax reform in Switzerland

Intax Expo Middle East, Dubai, 16-17 March 2015

The Demise of the Dayton Protectorate

Journal of Intervention and Statbuilding (2007) Special Edition 1: 11

 An Essay on the Accountability of International Organizations

International Organizations Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2010

Paradigms of State-Building: Comparing Bosnia and Kosovo

Journal of Eurasian Law Vol. 3, No. 3, 2010

International Officials

Austrian Review of International and European Law, Vol. 13, 2009

Arbitration in the Western Balkans: The Emerging Commercial Landscape

Pravni Zivot, December 2010

International Courts and the European Legal Order

British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, 2011

Lessons learned from the Dayton Peace Accords

7 August 2018

An introduction to financing the United Nations

25 April 2018

How to Stop a Civil Conflict (I)

12 April 2018

How to Stop a Civil Conflict (I)

13 April 2018

Un Alegato contra La Violencia

7 April 2018

A Plea against Violence

6 April 2018

Oficina Del Supervisor Internacional De Cataluña: Propuesta Inicial De Financiación

31 March 2018

Office Of The International Supervisor Of The Catalonia: Proposal For Initial Funding

31 March 2018

What is the United Nations Supposed to be Doing?

6 March 2018

Peacekeeping, Human Rights and Peacekeeper Wrongdoing

1 March 2018

Human Rights and the Environment

22 February 2018

Reflections on contemporary feminism: The challenge of objectification

15 February 2018

The Catalan Regional Elections 2017: A Primer for Foreigners

22 December 2017

Respuesta a EsDiario

15 December 2017


14 December 2017


14 December 2017


13 December 2017


13 December 2017


8 December 2017


8 December 2017

Jean-Claude Juncker et La Crise Catalane

4 December 2017

Jean-Claude Juncker und die Katalanische Krise

4 December 2017

Jean-Claude Juncker y la Crisis Catalana

4 December 2017

Jean-Claude Juncker and the Catalan Crisis

4 December 2017

Catalonia: Why Should You Vote?

22 November 2017

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry - Allegations Update

3 October 2016

Miscellaneous Gentium Law Group press releases (and 5 6 7 etc ... up to 12)

Cross-border commercial in the global electronic age

21 November 2013

The spectre of nationalism in the modern Balkans

3 December 2014

Series of videos of Matthew Parish giving speeches

Rule by Decree by a Lord Protector: Lessons from History

10 September 2020

Does Bosnia need  new Constitution?

25 March 2019

Why is Multilateral Diplomacy So Difficult?

20 March 2019

Strategies for Reforming the United Nations

9 January 2019

Towards a Grand Plan for the Middle East?

6 January 2019

Keeping the Peace in Europe - What Hope the INF Treaty?

28 December 2018

Paddy Ashdown, Balkan Peacemaker

26 December 2018

Why Theresa May is right about BREXIT

5 December 2018

Arms Race Redux

14 November 2018

How should a modern democracy select its Judges?

6 November 2018

American energy policy in the Middle East

30 October 2018

The Northern Ireland Border Problem

25 October 2018

Land swaps and other conversations in the Balkans

23 October 2018

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