Christian Riffel

Associate ProfessorDr Christian Riffel

Co-Director of Postgraduate Studies and LLM (ILAP)
Meremere 319
Internal Phone: 93473


Research Interests

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 and has published in leading international law journals, such as the German Law Journal, the Journal of International Economic Law, the European Law Review, Legal Issues of Economic Integration, and the Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law. In addition, Chris 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. (2021) Counterclaims. Vienna (via Zoom): ILA Workshop on Rule of Law and International Investment Law, 18-18 Nov 2021.
  • Riffel C. (2021) The Regulation of Geographical Indications in Free Trade Agreements and the Public International Law Presumption Against Conflicts. ANZSIL International Economic Law Interest Group Workshop, 6-6 Sep 2021.
  • Riffel C. (2020) Does Investor-State Dispute Settlement Discriminate Against Nationals? German Law Journal 21(2): 197-222.
  • Riffel C. (2019) Squaring the Circle: High-quality, Deep FTAs with Australia and New Zealand Without the EU Member States’ Approval? European Law Review 44(5): 694-710.
  • Riffel C. (2019) The CETA Opinion of the European Court of Justice and its Implications - Not That Selfish After All. Journal of International Economic Law 22(3): 503-521.