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Lecturer in Law, University of Surrey

Dr Sarvarian joined the School as a lecturer in September 2012 after completing his doctorate in public international law at University College London. 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 cited in proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the International Court of Justice. 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 been influential in the development of relations between the Republic of Armenia and the International

Criminal Court, including the constitutional process of ratification of the ICC Statute.

Since September 2014, he has lead a multidisciplinary research team to investigate official apologies for historical wrongs in an Early Career Researcher Developmental Grant funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He is also leading an ongoing project investigating procedural fairness in international courts and tribunals with an edited volume due to be published by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in September 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. He is a member of the International Law Association Committee on the Use of Force and the European Society of International Law Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals. Dr Sarvarian has provided expert opinions on international legal ethics for arbitrators and counsel and on general international law.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Law, University of Surrey


  • 2012 
    University College London, Ph.D.