Born in Salzgitter-Bad, Lower Saxony, Germany, 1948
Ref. iur., 1st State Examination in Law (Heidelberg) (distinction), 1973
Ass. iur., 2nd State Examination in Law (Heidelberg) (distinction), 1976
Hague Academy of International Law, Centre for Studies and Research (Certificate), 1982 Dr. iur. (Giessen) (summa cum laude), 1983

Professor Peter Malanczuk is a German national (formerly Canadian) who is based in Hong Kong and Malaysia.

He is Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Law of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the University of Heidelberg (where he graduated from law school). He also serves as a member of the Council of the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA), China, and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government on the Internationalization of Shenzhen.

Previously, Dr. Malanczuk was C.V. Starr Professor of Law at the Peking University School of Transnational Law (offering the first American-style J.D. programme approved by the State Council of China) which, as the first faculty member, he helped to build from scratch (2008-14). He also served as Co-Director of the School’s Center for Research on Transnational Law. He had a number of other positions in various jurisdictions, including Dean (2004-07) and Chair Professor  (2002-07) of the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong; Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong (2001); Professor (Chair) of International Law and Head of Department at Erasmus University Rotterdam (1997-2001); Professor (Chair) of International Law (1990-97) and Head of Department (1991-92) at the University of Amsterdam; legal assistant to the President of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague (1986-89); Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (1981-86); visiting-lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Exeter, England (1978-81), and academic assistant at the University of Giessen, Germany (1976-78).

Prof. Malanczuk also has special experience in international legal practice. Apart from his work with the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, he has served as Legal Counsel to Iraq before the U.N. Compensation Commission in Geneva resolving claims arising out of the 1990 Gulf War, independent expert before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Special Legal Counsel of Ethiopia on boundary and compensation claims issues arising from the 1998-2000 war with Eritrea, and as the first arbitrator appointed by Ethiopia in 2001 to the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission.

Malanczuk also serves as an arbitrator in international commercial and investment disputes and is a member of a number of panels of arbitral institutions (Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), International Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong)(ICC-HK) Arbitration Committee, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC), Guangzhou Arbitration Commission (GZAC), Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA), Chinese Arbitration Association (CAA Taipei), Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA – arbitrator and adjudicator panels), and Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB)). He is a member of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on International Commercial Arbitration. He also served as a member of the Hong Kong Telecommunications (Competition Provisions) Appeal Board and the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Review Board.

Peter Malanczuk has been awarded honorary professorships from Nankai University (1997), China University of Politics and Law (1998), Peking University (1999), Shenzhen University (2003), Nanjing University (2005), and People’s (Renmin) University of China (2007). He has been a visiting professor at many other universities and institutions in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, including Michigan Law School, Boalt Hall Law School (University of California at Berkeley), Moscow State (Lomonosow) University, Addis Abba University, Ethiopia, and Hebrew University Jerusalem. Prof. Malanczuk was an External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law (2013-14).

He is currently a member of the editorial / advisory boards of the Chinese Journal of International Law; Annual Survey of International and Comparative Law; Journal of East Asia and International Law; International Human Rights Law Review; Lex Mercatoria; and the Thai Journal of International Law. Previously, he was a General Editor of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law, and a member of the editorial / advisory boards of Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America (VRÜ); Space Communications – An International Journal; Frontiers of Law in China; and the Peking University Transnational Law Review.

Prof. Malanczuk has more than 150 publications on general international law, international economic (trade & investment) law, state responsibility, international arbitration and dispute settlement, environmental law, human rights, international criminal law, telecommunications and space law, European Community law, and comparative law. He is the author of the 7th revised edition of the widely used textbook “Akehurst’s Modern Introduction to International Law” (translated into Japanese, Lithuanian, Ukrainian and Georgian). He is also Advisory Editor and contributing author of the leading manual “Arbitration in China: A Practical Guide” (2 vols.), and Founding Editor of the book series “Studies and Materials on the Settlement of International Disputes” (originally with Kluwer Law International, now with Brill).

His current research and teaching interests include Transnational Law; International Economic Law (International Trade (WTO) and Investment Law); International Commercial Arbitration & ADR; Investor-State Dispute Settlement; Public International Law; State Responsibility; Protection of Human Rights; International Criminal Law; Transnational Corporations and Human Rights (CSR); International Space & Telecommunications Law; and Transborder Data Flows, Right to Privacy and Data Protection.

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  •        Full CV
  •        List of Publications
  •        List of Contributions to Conferences
  •       List of University Courses Taught
  •       List of Guest Lectures