Stefan Mandelbaum


Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Law

Courses taught: Law, Digital Economy

Stefan is a Lecturer and a Member of the Senate at Anglia Ruskin University. Educated in Germany and the United Kingdom, he is a dialectician working on international law, legal theory and political philosophy. Stefan explores intensively legitimacy issues arising in the theory and practice of transnational commercial law, public international law, sports law as well as international commercial and investor-state arbitration.



Upon completing with distinction a 5-year degree as Magister Artium in Philosophy, Law and Greek Philology at the Friedrich-Schiller University (Jena), Stefan started teaching law at King’s College London’s School of Law. 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


Semester 1:

  • Legal Research: Theory and Practice (UG)
  • Globalisation and World Trade (PG)

Semester 2:

  • Contract Law (UG)
  • Law of Business Associations (PG)


  • MPhil in International Law (King’s College London)
  • Magister Artium (distinction): Philosophy, Law and Greek Philology (Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena)

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

  • 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