Dr Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi

Dr Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi

Birmingham Law School
Lecturer in EU and International Economic Law

Dr Gáspár-Szilágyi is a Lecturer in EU and International Economic Law with an interest in international investment law, EU investment law, EU external relations, and regional economic integration. 


  • PhD, Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences, Denmark (2012-2015)
    • Thesis: The ‘direct effect’ of EU international agreements through a US lens
    • Committee: Panos Koutrakos (City University London), Lars Bay Larson (Court of Justice of the EU), Michael Steinicke (Aarhus University)
  • Master of Laws in International Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands (2009-2011)
    • Award: Top 3% Award out of approx. 30 students; Grade average: 8.11/ 10
    • Thesis: Do the New Types of Model BITs Offer Better Protection to Shareholders?
  • Master Exchange Student, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (2011)
    • Grade average: First
  • Master Exchange in International Business Law, Bucerius Law School, Germany (2010)
    • Grade average: A/ A


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.


Module leadership

  • International Trade Law and Policy (PG)
  • Preferential Trade Agreements (UG)


  • Legal Foundations of the European Union (UG)
  • International and European Economic Law (UG)

Postgraduate supervision

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


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)

Other activities

Membership in professional societies

  • American Society of International Law (2013-2014)
  • European Society of International Law (2015-2017)
  • European Consortium for Political Research (2018-2019)

Previous positions

  • Lecturer in Law (Grade 8), Keele University, School of Law (2019 September – 2021 August)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oslo, PluriCourts Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order (2016 May – 2019 June)
  • Visiting Researcher, University of Vienna, Section for International Law and International Relations (2017 September-2017 December)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Amsterdam, Centre for EU Law and Governance (2015 November-2016 May)
  • Lecturer, The Hague University of Applied Sciences (2015 May-2015 October)
  • PhD Fellow, Aarhus University (Denmark), School of Business and Social Sciences(2012 March – 2015 February)
  • Visiting Researcher, TMC Asser Institute, Centre for EU External Relations (2014 September – 2014 December)
  • Grotius Visiting Researcher, University of Michigan Law School (2013 August – 2014 March)
  • Stagiaire/Trainee, European Commission, DG Transport and Mobility(2011 October – 2012 February)
  • Student Assistant for Professor Peter van den Bossche, WTO Appellate Body, Maastricht University (2010 April – 2010 August)
  • Paralegal, Bejenaru, Filip & Partners Law Firm (2007 February – 2007 August)

Languages and other information

  • English: Professional Working Proficiency, Level C2, TOEFL IBT Certificate 2008, 114/120 points
  • Hungarian: Native
  • Romanian: Native
  • Italian: Advanced, Level B2/C1, Self-Taught
  • French: Lower Intermediate/Passive working knowledge, Level A2/B1, French Language courses 2010, Maastricht University
  • Danish/Norwegian: Lower Intermediate, Level A2/B1,LaerDansk Language Certificate 2013, Denmark
  • German: Beginner, Level A2, Colon Language Centre 2010, Hamburg
  • Spanish: Beginner, Level A2, self-taught


I have presented several times my research before the European Parliament. I have also attended several stockholder meetings organised by the European Commission on the future of the EU’s investment law and policy.