Dr Stefan Mandelbaum

Senior Lecturer in International Law

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Law

Research Supervision:Yes

Stefan is a Senior Lecturer, Researcher and Consultant and a Member of the Senate at ARU. Educated in Germany and the United Kingdom, he is a dialectician specialised in international law. Stefan explores legitimacy issues arising in the theory and practice of transnational commercial law, public international law,international environmental law, international criminal law, sports law as well as international commercial and investor-state arbitration.

Email: stefan.mandelbaum@anglia.ac.uk


Upon completing with distinction a 5-year degree as Magister Artium in Philosophy, Law and Greek Philology at the Friedrich-Schiller University (Jena), Stefan obtained a scholarship for a PhD in International Investment Law from King’s College London. There he started teaching as a Visiting Lecturer at the Dickson Poon School of Law, at King's International Programme as well as the Associate of King's College London Programme. Prior to joining ARU, Stefan spent three years as visiting scholar and research assistant at the University of Cambridge, Yale University and the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law in Hamburg. In his work Stefan is particularly interested in critical and historical approaches to international legal thought. Combining teaching and research experiences in both its commercial and public manifestations, his academic work encompasses structural analyses of legitimacy concerns in international investment law, sports law, international criminal law and transnational commercial law. Stefan also has a strong background in the philosophy of German Idealism and explores the importance of critical theories and dialectical methods in the understanding of the epistemic conditions of law in general and legal conflicts in particular.

Spoken Languages


Research interests

  • International Investment Law and Arbitration
  • Transnational/International Commercial Law
  • Sports Law and Event Management
  • International Legal Theory
  • Legal and Political Philosophy/Critical Legal Theory
  • German Idealism

Areas of research supervision

  • International investment law
  • International dispute resolution
  • Transnational/International commercial law
  • Legal and political philosophy/Critical legal theory
  • International law theory
  • Classical German Philosophy


  • Transnational Commercial Law, LLM
  • International Commercial Arbitration, LLM
  • International Trade Law, LLM
  • Legal Research Methods, LLM
  • Contract Law, LLB
  • Company Law, LLB
  • Legal Research: Theory and Practice, LLB
  • Agency and the Sale of Goods, LLB


  • PhD in International Investment Law (King's College London)
  • MPhil in International Law (King’s College London)
  • Magister Artium (distinction): Philosophy, Law and Greek Philology (Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena)
  • Postgraduate Teaching Certificate (ARU)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member, Helmuth-Loening Centre for Political Science

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • GWF Hegel and the Logic of International Law (Research Grant 2019-20, ARU)
  • Consultant, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Meikai University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Consultant, Toulouse Business School, France

Selected recent publications

Mandelbaum, S., 2019. Die Dialektik des Terrors: Patriotismus und Revolution in Hegels Philosophie des Rechts, Tectum, Marburg (monograph, under contract)

Mandelbaum, S., 2014. Book Review: 'Dalhuisen on Transnational Comparative Commercial, Financial and Trade Law'. King’s Law Journal. 25(II). 318-23.

Mandelbaum, S., 2013. On Making Sense of Contradictions: A Dialectical Critique of Methods and the Status of Customs in International Investment Law, David A. Frenkel (ed.). Economy and Commercial Law. Athens. 123-34.

Mandelbaum, S., 2011. Book Review: 'Tom Bingham's 'The Lives of the Law''. KSLR, III(1). 155-158.

Media experience

Contributor to KSLR’s Legal Theory Blog