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Reader in Public International Law, University of Surrey

Dr Sarvarian is a public international law generalist of broad interests and expertise. His scholarship has been published in leading journals, including the European Journal of International Law, The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals and International & Comparative Law Quarterly. His written evidence has been cited in reports on intervention by the House of Commons Defence Select Committee and on succession to membership of the European Union by the Scottish Parliament European Union and External Relations Committee. He has served as legal adviser to the UN Mission of the Republic of Armenia and delegate of Armenia to the Legal Committee of the General Assembly, Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform) of the UN Commission on International Trade Law as well as the Rules and Regulations Amendment Process of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes. He has also served as judge ad hoc at the European Court of Human Rights. Appointed Lecturer in 2012, he was promoted Senior Lecturer in 2016 and Reader in 2020.

His monograph Professional Ethics at the International Bar (Oxford University Press, International Courts and Tribunals Series, 19 September 2013) is the first comprehensive work on the subject and has been widely cited, including in proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, investment arbitrations and the International Court of Justice. He was also lead editor of an edited volume (Procedural Fairness in International Courts and Tribunals) published by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in November 2015. He was a member of the International Bar Association Task Force on Counsel Ethics in International Arbitration throughout the drafting of the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration 2013, which inspired the London Court of International Arbitration to enact the first binding ethical rules for counsel in international commercial arbitration in 2014.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Law, University of Surrey


  • 2012 
    University College London, Ph.D.