Research/Areas of Interest:

International Law: the international legal framework; sources of international law; inter- and intra-state conflict; state sovereignty. Legal History: Roman law (all aspects of the subject and legal fields); English legal history; the Common Law and the Law of Equity. Political and Legal Theory: the relationship between international law and municipal law; sovereignty; natural law and positivism.

Education

  • LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD (University of Keele, UK)

Biography

Tim Potier is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Law and Governance. He has written extensively on post-conflict matters from an international law perspective and is, currently, contracted to write a second revised edition (with Brill) of his earlier book, Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia: A Legal Appraisal. He is also preparing an additional work on international law, International Law at a Crossroads.

A British national, Tim Potier was Professor of International Law at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), 2017-22. He has extensive senior management experience at Dean level (having Vice-Rector responsibilities). He is a former expert for the Council of Europe on minority rights.

Besides international law, his other areas of expertise are in legal history, political and legal theory, and English law. He is currently finishing the first of a series of books on Roman law (titled: Roman Succession Law).

Expertise

  • International Law
  • Roman Law
  • Political and Legal Theory
  • English Law
  • International Security
  • International Relations

Professional activities

  • Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, 2022 (Easter Term)
  • Visiting Professor, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, 2022 (Easter Term)
  • Moscow Journal of International Law, Member of the Editorial Board and English language editor, 2017-2022
  • Professor, Department of International Law, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), 2017-2022
  • Visiting Fellow "in the area of Public International Law", Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 2019-2021
  • External Examiner at the University of West London within the School of Law and Criminology, 2016-2020
  • Principal Lecturer, School of Law, Coventry University, 2016-2017
  • Head, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus, 2012-2016
  • Head, Department of Law, University of Nicosia, 2010-2012
  • Research Associate "in the area of Jurisprudence", Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, 2009-2013
  • Associate Head, Department of Law, University of Nicosia, 2008-2010
  • Visiting Fellow "in the area of Public International Law", Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge, 2007-2009
  • Honorary University Fellow "in the area of Constitutional Law", School of Law, University of Exeter, 2006-2007
  • Executive Director, European Rim Policy & Investment Council, 2002-2004
  • Council of Europe (recommended expert on minority rights), 2001-2002
  • Head, Department of Law, University of Nicosia, 1999-2002

Other affiliations

  • Senior Associate Research Fellow "in the area of Public International Law", Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • Teaches courses in Public International Law at the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China

Selected Publications and Presentations

Articles

"Towards Cementing International Law through Renaissance of the United Nations Charter", with Alexander Vylegzhanin and Ekaterina Torkunova, Moscow Journal of International Law, 2020, No.1, pp.6-25.

"Keeping International Law International, a Reflection on Anthea Roberts' "Is International Law International?"", with Dmitry Labin, Moscow Journal of International Law, 2019, No.4, pp.6-17.

"Shaw's Interpretation of International Law: Theoretical Reflections", with Alexander Vylegzhanin, Moscow Journal of International Law, 2017, No.4, pp.7-18.

"A Referendum to Determine Karabakh's Status: A Critical Appraisal", Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Volume 32, Issue 2 (July 2012), pp.269-276.

"Association with international personality: Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan", European Yearbook of Minority Issues 2007/8 (May 2010), Volume 7, pp.677-694.

"Nagorno-Karabakh: Ever Closer to a Settlement, Step-by-Step", OSCE Yearbook 2009, Volume 15, pp.201-211.

"Is a solution for the Cyprus problem in sight?", Europe's World, January 2009.

"Making an Even Number Odd: Deadlock-Avoiding in a Reunified Cyprus Supreme Court", Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, 2/2008.

"Conflict Conundrums", The National Interest, Number 83 (Spring 2006), pp.88-92.

"Cyprus: Entering Another Stalemate?", Briefing Paper, Chatham House (www.chathamhouse.org.uk), November 2005.

"Europe After the 'Non and 'Nee'", In the National Interest, The Nixon Center, 7th July 2005.

"British Conservatism: Where Next?", In the National Interest, The Nixon Center, 26th May 2005.

"A reminder from the Near East: don't forget North Korea", In the National Interest, The Nixon Center (Vol.2, Issue 13, 2003).

"Beyond Pipelines: the West's Central Asian challenge", In the National Interest, The Nixon Center (Vol.1, Issue 13, 2002).

"Turkey: only the prisoner of Cyprus?", EU-Turkish relations dossier, Institute of European Studies at the University of Barcelona.

"The Council of Europe Framework Convention on National Minorities: an introduction", Georgia – A Multinational State (FUEN/Council of Europe), March 2002.

"The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, a commentary", Georgia – A Multinational State (FUEN/Council of Europe), March 2002.

"Autonomy in the 21st Century: Through Theoretical Binoculars", conference paper, seventh session of the UN Working Group on Minorities (May 2001), UN Document:E/CN.4/Sub.2/AC.5/2001/CRP.1.

"Regionally non-dominant titular peoples: the next phase in minority rights?", Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, European Centre for Minority Issues (Flensburg, Germany), July 2001, see: www.ecmi.de.

"Рамочная конвенция Совета Европы о защите национальных меньшинств" ["The Framework Convention of the Council of Europe concerning the Protection of National Minorities"], Конституционное Право Восточноевропейское Обозрение [Constitutional Law – Eastern European Review], No2 (35), Moscow, 2001.

"Minority Rights in the Former Soviet Union", Coventry Law Journal, (Special Issue) September 1999, pp.43-89.

Books

"A Functional Cyprus Settlement: The Constitutional Dimension", Verlag Franz Philipp Rutzen (publisher), June 2007.

"Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia: A Legal Appraisal", Kluwer Law International, December 2000, 314pp.

Book chapters

Chapter in text (Publisher: I.B. Tauris), "Reunifying Cyprus – The Annan Plan and Beyond", edited by Andrekos Varnava (University of Melbourne) and Hubert Faustmann (University of Nicosia). Chapter titled: "A Comparative Analysis of the Five Versions of the Annan Plan".

Chapter in text (Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff), "Beyond one-Dimensional State: an Emerging Right to Autonomy?", edited by Zelim Skurbaty (Danish Institute for International Affairs). Chapter titled: "Continued challenges, post-settlement, to the Cyprus conundrum", Part IV (Chapter 6).

Chapter in text (Publisher: Bibliopolis), “Britain in Cyprus: Colonialism and Post-Colonialism 1878-2006", edited by Hubert Faustmann & Nicos Peristianis. Chapter titled: "Britain and Cyprus: From Referendum to Reunification".

Book reviews

"Roman Law and the Legal World of the Romans by Andrew M. Riggsby", Cambridge Law Journal, Volume 71, Issue 2 (July 2012), pp.446-449.

"Nigel Simmonds' Law as a Moral Idea", Ratio Juris, Volume 24, Number 3 (September 2011), pp.364-367.