UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Christian Hans Riffel

School of Law

Fields of Research

  • International economic law, in particular international trade and investment law

Researcher Summary

Chris is Co-Director of the LLM in International Law and Politics and Associate Editor of the New Zealand Yearbook of International Law. He did his PhD under the supervision of Prof Thomas Cottier and authored 'Protection Against Unfair Competition in the WTO TRIPS Agreement' (Brill/Nijhoff 2016). He is a contributor to the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law as well as the Oxford Reports on International Law. In addition, he is the Regional Advisor for the Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law and Vice Co-Chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law. Chris is also a member of the ILA Committee on Rule of Law and International Investment Law. He spent a seven-month research stay at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich, sponsored by the Max Planck Society. Before joining UC, he was a postgraduate worker at the University of Edinburgh. Chris studied law at the University of Heidelberg, where he minored in environmental studies, Anglo-American and French law, and attended the summer course in public international law at The Hague Academy of International Law. He did his master’s degree at the Europa-Institut of Saarland University. His master’s thesis won the Hans-Werner Osthoff prize for excellent academic writing. Chris worked as a legal clerk for Baker & McKenzie in Caracas, Venezuela, as well as in the German Embassy in Santiago de Chile. He is fluent in English, German, and Spanish.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Authored Books
  • Riffel CH. (2016) The Protection Against Unfair Competition in the WTO TRIPS Agreement: The Scope and Prospects of Article 10bis of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. Leiden: Brill. 397. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004313477.
Chapters
  • Riffel C. (2017) Havana Club Case. In Wolfrum R (Ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law: 3. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Riffel CH. (2016) Mega-Regionals. In Wolfrum R (Ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law: 23. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Riffel C. (2015) Biotech Case. In Wolfrum R (Ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law: 3. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Riffel C. (2015) Traditional Knowledge. In Lachenmann F; Wolfrum R (Ed.), International Economic Law: 834-840. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Riffel C. (2015) Unfair Competition, International Protection. In Lachenmann F; Wolfrum R (Ed.), International Economic Law: 855-860. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Journal Articles
  • Riffel CH. (2018) The Chapeau: Stringent Threshold or Good Faith Requirement. Legal Issues of Economic Integration 45(2): 141-176.
  • Riffel CH. (2016) Human Rights Protection in the Asia-Pacific: What will be the Role of the TPP? Otago Law Review 14(2): 339-350.
  • Riffel CH. (2016) International Economic Law. New Zealand Yearbook of International Law 14: 254-263.
  • Riffel CH. (2015) International Economic Law. New Zealand Yearbook of International Law 13: 242-249.
  • Riffel C. (2007) (Non-)Conformity of Social Standards in the Generalized System of Preferences of the EC and the USA with WTO Law. Zeitschrift für Europarechtliche Studien (ZEuS) 10(4): 609-683.
Conference Contributions - Other
  • Riffel CH. (2018) Implications of the European Court of Justice ruling in Achmea for the Multilateral Investment Court project. Victoria University of Wellington: International Arbitration Round Table, 23-23 Apr 2018
  • Riffel CH. (2018) Squaring the circle: high-quality, deep FTAs with Australia and New Zealand without the EU Member States’ approval? Nicosia, Cyprus: 7th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics of the Society of International Economic Law, 13-14 Apr 2018
  • Riffel CH. (2017) The Chapeau Reconsidered. Canberra: Silver Jubilee Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, 29 Jun-1 Jul 2017
  • Riffel CH. (2017) The Obligation of Administrative Due Process and Good Governance in International Trade and Investment Law. Sydney Centre for International Law, Sydney Law School: ANZSIL International Economic Law Interest Group Workshop, 12-12 Oct 2017
  • Riffel CH. (2016) Human Rights Implications of the TPP and the Calculation of Damages in TPP Investment Disputes. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand: Environment, Trade & Investment Symposium, 21 Apr 2016
  • Riffel CH. (2016) Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS): Scrap it or Reform it? Canberra: Sixth International Law Colloquium.
  • Riffel CH. (2016) The Treaty of Waitangi Exception Clause in the TPP. Wellington: Thomson Reuters New and Emerging Scholars Symposium, 6 Jul 2016
  • Riffel C. (2014) The Scope of the TRIPS Agreement Reconsidered. Melbourne, Australia: Inaugural Symposium of the Global Economic Law Network, 2-2 May 2014
  • Riffel C. (2013) New Zealand's WTO Dispute against Indonesia: Commercial Significance and New Legal Frontiers. Wellington, New Zealand: Beeby Colloquium on International Law, 15-15 Nov 2013
Theses / Dissertations
  • Riffel C. (2014) The Protection Against Unfair Competition in World Trade - Implications for Core Labour Standards, Traditional Knowledge and European Union Law. Bern, Switzerland. University of Bern.
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