Jurgen Kurtz is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the International Investment Law Program of the Law School's Institute for International Law and the Humanities.
Jurgen researches and teaches in the various strands of international economic law including the jurisprudence of the World Trade Organization and that of investor-state arbitral tribunals. He has a particular interest in examining the impact of treaty-based disciplines on regulatory autonomy and development strategies of member states. Jurgen's work has been published in a range of leading international law journals and has been cited by international tribunals in adjudication.
In 2002, Jurgen was appointed an Emile Noel Fellow at the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law Justice at New York University Law School. He has subsequently held a Grotius Fellowship at the University of Michigan Law School (2003-2004) and was appointed a research fellow at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2004.
In 2008 Jurgen was appointed as the inaugural convenor of the General Course on International Investment Law of the Academy of International Trade and Investment Law based in Macau and organized by the Institute of European Studies. This Institute aims to provide education and training at the highest international standard on the law of international trade and investment, the WTO, and select regional integration regimes such as the NAFTA, the EU, MERCOSUR and ASEAN. The course takes place two weeks in July and follows a model similar to the Academy of European Law in Florence and to the Academy of International Law in The Hague. Jurgen has also recently accepted an appointment as a faculty member at the Universidade Catolica in Portugal and the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London (from 2010).
Aside from research and teaching, Jurgen acts as a consultant to a variety of governmental (AusAID) and inter-governmental agencies (including UNCTAD and UNDP) on law reform and implementation of investment and trade treaty commitments in developing countries. Most recently, Jurgen was commissioned by the World Bank to advise on the international law implications of policy responses to the Global Financial Crisis.