Andrea Bianchi


Director of Studies
Spoken languages
English, French, Italian
Areas of expertise
  • International Law Theory
  • Treaty Interpretation
  • Use of Force
  • Armed conflicts, violence
  • Human rights
  • International humanitarian law
  • Jurisdiction and Jurisdictional Immunities
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • International courts and tribunals
Andrea Bianchi - Keynote interview - The Aesthetics of International Law
Andrea Bianchi, Director of Studies



PhD, University of Milan 

Full Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva since 2002. Previously, full professor at the Catholic University in Milan; associate professor at the University of Parma, and professorial lecturer at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Centre.

His publications address topics that range from international legal theory and treaty interpretation, human rights and international humanitarian law, terrorism and counterterrorism, to the law of jurisdiction and jurisdictional immunities, state responsibility, non-state actors, and the law of treaties.

Andrea Bianchi has been a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, the University of Vienna Faculty of Law, the Catholic University in Milan and the University of Paris 1 (La Sorbonne). He has consulted for international organizations on matters related to security and human rights; and for multinational corporations on business and human rights issues.  In 2015 he appeared as counsel before the European Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber in the Al-Dulimi case. Between 2010 and 2014 he served as a designated member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Terrorism. He co-chaired (with Michael Wood) the working group on the use of force that led to the Leiden Policy Recommendations on Counterterrorism and International Law (2010). In 2001 he was among the founders of the European Society of International Law in which Executive Council he sat until 2010.





  • Theory and Philosophy of International Law – Volumes 1-2 (Editor and contributor), Edward Elgar, 2017. (Individual contribution: ‘On Asking Questions’ ix-xxx).
  • International Law TheoriesAn Inquiry into Different Ways of Thinking , Oxford: Oxford
    University Press, 2016.
  • Interpretation in international law (Co-editor, together with Daniel Peat and Matthew Windsor), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. (Individual Contribution: ‘The Game of Interpretation in International Law. The Players, the Cards and Why the Game is Worth the Candle’ 34-57).
  • Transparency in International Law (Co-editor with Professor Anne Peters and contributor), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, (xx-620). (Individual Contribution: ‘On Power and Illusion: The Concept of Transparency in International Law’ 1-19).
  • International Humanitarian Law and Terrorism (Co-author with Yasmin Naqvi) Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2011 (xxix-403 pp).
  • Non-State-Actors and International Law (Editor and contributor) Farnham, Ashgate, 2009, 643 p. (Individual Contribution: ‘Relativizing the Subjects or Subjectivizing the Actors? That is the Question’, xi-xxx).
  • Counterterrorism: Democracy’s Challenge (Co-editor with Prof. A. Keller, and contributor) Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2008, 453 p. (Individual Contribution: ‘International Law, Counter-terrorism and the Quest for Checks and Balances’, 395-424).
  • Enforcing International Law Norms against Terrrorism (Editor and contributor) Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2004, 549 p. (Individual contribution: ‘Enforcing International Law Norms against Terrorism: Achievements and Prospects’, 491-534).

Articles and book chapters:

  • Epistemic Communities in International Arbitration’, in Federico Ortino and Thomas Shultz (eds), Oxford Handbook of International Arbitration 569-590 (Oxford University Press, 2020).
  • ‘Fear and International Law-Making: An Exploratory Inquiry’, 32 Leiden Journal of International Law 351-365 (2019).
  •  ‘Jurisdictional Immunities, Constitutional Values and System Closures’, in Curtis A. Bradley (ed), Oxford Handbook of Comparative Foreign Relations Law 685-699 (OUP, 2019).
  • ‘Counterterrorism and International Law’, in: Erica Chenoweth, Andreas Gofas, Richard English, and Stathis Kalyvas (eds), Oxford Handbook on Terrorism 659-676 (Oxford University Press 2019).
  • ‘Epistemic Communities’, in Jean d’Aspremont and Sahib Singh (eds), Concepts for
    International Law – Contributions to Disciplinary Thought
    251-266 (Edward Elgar 2019).
  • ‘The Unbearable Lightness of International Law’ 6(3) London Review of International Law 335-359 (2018)
  • ‘Choice and (the Awareness of) its Consequences – The ICJ’s Structural Bias Strikes again in the Marshall Islands Case’ 111 AJIL Unbound 81-87 (2017).
  • ‘International Adjudication, Rhetoric and Storytelling’ 8 Journal of International Dispute Settlement 28-44 (2017).
  • ‘Engaging with Theory – Why Bother?’ EJIL Talk , 7 February 2017, available at:
  • ‘Academic Writing between Freedom and Constraints’, ESIL Newsletter (March 2017),
    available at:
  • (with Yasmin Naqvi) ‘Terrorism’, in: Andrew Clapham and Paola Gaeta (Eds), The
    Oxford Handbook of International law in Armed Conflict, Oxford: Oxford University
    Press, 2014, 574-604.
  • ‘Gazing at the Crystal Ball (again): State Immunity and Jus Cogens beyond Germany v Italy ’, 4 Journal of International Dispute Settlement 457-475 (2013).
  • ‘Gazing at the Crystal Ball (again): State Immunity and Jus Cogens beyond Germany v Italy’, 4 Journal of International Dispute Settlement 457-475 (2013).
  • ‘Law, Time and Change: The Self-Regulatory Function of Subsequent Practice’, in Georg Nolte (Ed.), Treaties and Subsequent Practice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) 133-141.
  • ‘The international Regulation of the Use of Force: the Politics of Interpretive Method, in Larissa van den Herik and Nico Schrijver (Eds.), Counter-Terrorism Strategies in a Fragmented International Legal Order. Meeting the Challenges (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013) 283-316.
  • “Reflexive Butterfly Catching: Insights from a Situated Catcher”, in: Joost Pauwelyn et al. (Eds.), Informal International Lawmaking, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012: 200-215.
  • ‘On Certainty’, EJIL Talk, 16 February 2012 (8th most read blog post in 2012 according to EJIL Talk ranking)(
  • ‘‘The Fight for Inclusion: Non-State Actors and International Law’ in U. Fastenrath, R. Geiger, D.E. Khan, A. Paulus, S. von Schorlemer, C. Vedder (eds.) From Bilateralism to Community Interest: Essays in Honour of Bruno Simma, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011: 39-57.
  • ‘Terrorism and Armed Conflicts: Insights from a Law and Literature Perspective’, 24 Leiden Journal of International Law 1-21 (2011).
  • ‘Textual interpretation and (international) law reading: the myth of (in)determinacy and the genealogy of meaning’ in P. Bekker et al (eds.) Making Transnational Law Work in the Global Economy: Essays in Honour of Detlev Vagts, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010, 34-56.
  • ‘Fear’s Legal Dimension. Counterterrorism and Human Rights’ in L. Boisson de Chazournes and M. Kohen (eds.) International Law and the Quest for its Implementation – Le droit international et la quête de sa mise en oeuvre: Liber Amicorum Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Leiden, Martinus Nijhoff, 2010, 175-192.

Some of Professor Bianchi’s papers are available on the Social Sciences research Network (SSRN).




Selected Public Lectures :

  • ‘Engaging with Theory’, Leiden University Faculty of Law, 12 October 2018.
  • 'Expertise and its Discontents’, Graduate Institute Geneva (for the participants in the Europaeum Scholars Programme), Geneva, 21 June 2018.
  • ‘The Unbearable Lightness of International Law’, Humboldt Unversität, Faculty of Law, 4 December 2017.
  • 'International Law Theories’, The University of East Anglia School of Law, Norwich, 21 November 2017.
  • ‘International Adjudication, Rhetoric and Storytelling’, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge 20 October 2017.
  • ‘The Politics of the International Legal Law on the Use of Force’, Moscow State Institute for International Relations, Moscow, 27 September 2017.
  • ‘Epistemic Communities in International Law’, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge (UK), 11 February 2016.
  • ‘Interpretation beyond Rules’, organized jointly by the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna and the Austrian Supreme Court, Vienna, 15 December 2015.
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