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Brian McGarry

Assistant professor

Dr. B.K. McGarry
+31 71 527 8514

Brian McGarry joined the Grotius Centre in September 2019 from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where he served since 2016 as Lecturer in the Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement and Senior Researcher at the Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement.

His Ph.D. entitled The Theory and Practice of Intervention before the International Court of Justice received the Prix Bellot from the University of Geneva in December 2019 for best thesis in law or political economy. His research has been awarded support from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, the PluriCourts Centre of Excellence at the University of Oslo, and the Praesidium Libertatis I Foundation of Leiden University. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po Law School in Paris, and regularly contributes to law and governance capacity-building programmes in Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

Dr. McGarry is an international law generalist with particular interests in international institutional law, international economic law, international environmental law, and the law of the sea. His publications are rooted in comparative international law, and focus on conceptual coherence and realpolitik in international policymaking. His 2019-2021 research project on inherent judicial powers enriches this theme with sociolegal and political science methodologies. A member of the New York Bar, his academic interests are informed by a range of perspectives gained in practice. These include advising States on biodiversity treaty negotiations, providing counsel in maritime boundary litigation before the International Court of Justice, clerking for inter-State and investor-State tribunals at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, consulting on the drafting of reports of the UN Secretary-General and regional organisations, assisting the Institut de Droit international as secrétaire-rédacteur, and practicing in cross-border commercial disputes.

Dr. McGarry is a national of Ireland and the United States.

Assistant professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Publiekrecht
  • Grotius Centre for Intern Legal Studies

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden



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