Christian Riffel

Associate ProfessorDr Christian Riffel

Co-Director of Postgraduate Studies and LLM (ILAP)
Meremere 319


Research Interests

Chris is Co-Director of Postgraduate Studies in Law and Associate Editor of the NZ 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 2016). He is a contributor to the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and has published in leading international law journals, such as the ICLQ, the German Law Journal, the JIEL, the European Law Review, Legal Issues of Economic Integration, and the Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law. In addition, Chris is on the indicative list of suitable arbitrators for EU trade agreements and was WTI Advisor to the EU in the negotiations for a trade agreement with New Zealand. He is the Regional Advisor for the Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law and 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.

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.

Chris serves as the Honorary Consul of Germany in the South Island.

Recent Publications

  • Riffel C. (2023) Fair and Equitable Treatment and the Right to Regulate: The European Union and the Asia-Pacific Models Compared. European Law Journal.
  • Riffel C. (2023) Human Rights-based Counterclaims and the Rule of Law. In Bjorklund A; Ziegler A (Ed.), Rule of Law and International Investment Law: Procedural Issues.
  • Riffel C. (2022) Indirect Expropriation and the Protection of Public Interests. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 71: 945-974.
  • Riffel C. (2022) Market Access Conditionality and Border Carbon Adjustments. European Yearbook of International Economic Law 13: 83-148.
  • Riffel C. (2022) The National Security Exception in International Investment Agreements and the Obligation to Compensate with Particular Reference to the War in Ukraine. University of Canterbury, Christchurch: Beeby Exchange on International Law Canterbury: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Its Implications for New Zealand and the Rules-based Order, 30 Sep 2022.