Dr Belen Olmos Giupponi


I am an Associate Professor in Law and Head of Law at Kingston University. Before joining Kingston, I was a Senior Lecturer in EU and International Law and Head of Law at Liverpool Hope University (2016-2018). Previously, I was a Lecturer in Law, LLM/MSc Director and Programme Validation Director at the University of Stirling in Scotland. From 2010 until 2013, I was an Associate Professor of EU and International Law at King Juan Carlos University in Madrid. I was a Max Weber Research Fellow at the European University Institute (2007-2009). From 2004 until 2007, I worked as an Assistant Professor of International Law at University Carlos III of Madrid. I hold a PhD in International Law from the University Carlos III of Madrid (2004, summa cum laude); an LLM in Human Rights (University Carlos III) and an MA in International Relations. I have undertaken research in EU law, general international law, international economic law, human rights law and environmental law. I have published more than 15 articles in leading journals, including the Leiden Journal of International Law, Transnational Environmental Law, ICSID Review, European Union Journal, The International Journal of Human Rights Journal of Business Law, Arbitration International, European Energy and Environmental Law Review, Journal of European Legal Studies and the European Yearbook of International Economic Law. I have been a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law - University of Cambridge (2016 and 2011); the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London (2015); Freie Universitat Berlin (2011 and 2013); Stanford Law School (2012) and Brown University (2011). My research lies at the intersection between of different areas of law (namely, International Economic Law, European Union Law and Environmental Law), underscoring what are broadly defined as transnational law process. I have secured research funding from different bodies, including the European Union, the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. In terms of professional practice, I am actively engaged in legal clinic activities at international level (amicus curiae), having provided advice to non-governmental  and international organisations such as Save the Children (Spain) and the Organization of American States.Site: https://sites.google.com/view/belen-olmos-giupponi/home

Publications (2010-2020)

A. Books

2020. International Environmental Law Compliance in Context. Routledge. Forthcoming.

2019. Trade Agreements, Investment Protection and Dispute Settlement in Latin America. Kluwer International Law.

2017. Rethinking Free Trade and Human Rights in the Americas. Hart/Bloomsbury.

2011. Medio ambiente, cambio climático y derechos humanos (Environmental law, climate change and human rights). Editor. Dike. Bogotá.

2011. Diálogo judicial y gobernanza global: la influencia del derecho comunitario europeo en la jurisprudencia de la Corte Centroamericana de Justicia, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Madrid, España.

2011. Participación de la sociedad civil en Iberoamérica: Análisis de casos (Civil society participation in Iberoamerica: Case-studies). Co-authored with Beatriz Barreiro Carril. Dykinson. Madrid.

2011. La Adopción de Políticas en el Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana. Propuestas para su perfeccionamiento (The Adoption of Policies in the Central American integration system). Co-edited with L. A. Rubio Ríos, Plaza & Valdés, Madrid, 2011.

2010. The Law of Mercosur. Co-edited with M. Franca Filho and L. Lixinski. Hart Publishing. London.

B. Chapters in Books

2019. Informal Environmental Conflict Resolution in V. Heyvaert and L-A. Duvic-Paoli, Handbook on Transnational Environmental Law. Edward Elgar Publishing. Forthcoming.

2019. Human Rights before Regional Economic Integration Organizations in Latin America co-authored with M. Franca Filho and L. Lixinski, in International Law Association's Human Rights Committee Yearbook. Springer.

2017. Chapter 11. Arbitrator's powers in the framework of the new EU Investment Policy in The Investment Policy of the European Union. Bosch 2017.

2015. Chapter 19. Anti-Dumping and Commercial Policy, in The Law of the EU. Oxford University Press.

2015. Chapter. The contribution of Bangladesh to the definition of an international legal framework and specific policies for "climate refugees". In Migration and Environment in Bangladesh, edited by Bishawjit Mallick & Benjamin Etzold.

2013. Chapter. The MERCOSUR - SACU PTA: A step forward in South-South relations?. Co-authored with Marumo Nkomo. Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2012. Trade Law Centre (TRALAC). South Africa.

2013. Chapter. Water Governance in Spain, in Water Governance: An Evaluation of Alternative Architectures, edited by A. Gunawansa and L. Bhullar, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Edward Elgar Publishing.

2013. Chapter: Multilevel regulations and environmental law: The protection of natural areas in Spain, in International Protection of natural areas. Franco Angeli, Rome.

2013. Chapter. El impacto de la judicialización de los conflictos sociales por el agua en América Latina (The impact of the judicialization of social conflicts over water in Latin America), in La judicialización de los conflictos ambientales en América Latina, edited by W. Costa Ribeiro, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2012. Chapter. Teorías de integración desde el Sur Global: Una visión comparada entre América Latina y África (Theories of integration from the Global South: Africa Latin America Integration), in Perspectivas alternativas de Relaciones Internacionales desde el Sur, edited by K. Ramírez Meda, FCSYP-UABC, Mexico.

2012. Chapter. Una visión conjunta del Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea y de los tribunales arbitrales de MERCOSUR (A comparative overview: ECJ and MERCOSUR Arbitration Tribunals), in Tribunales Internacionales y Mecanismos de Solución de Controversias. Edited by E. Ulate- A. Salazar, Chico, Costa Rica.

2011. Chapter. Exhaustion of local remedies in international arbitration, in Diccionario terminologico del arbitraje nacional e internacional de comercio e inversiones, Palestra publishing, Peru.

2011. Chapter. Education and human rights in the Central American integration process, in La adopcion de politicas en el sistema de la Integracion Centroamericana - Propuestas para su perfeccionamiento, Plaza & Valdes, Madrid, Spain.

2010. Chapter: Lucha contra la delincuencia organizada en la Organización de Estados Americanos (Fighting organized crime in the Organization of American States). In Seguridad en Iberoamérica, Madrid, Instituto Universitario Gutiérrez Mellado (IUGM), Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia.

C. Articles

2019. "Fostering environmental democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean: An analysis of the Regional Agreement on Environmental Access Rights", RECIEL, 7 February 2019.

2018. "Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous Peoples before Human Rights Courts and International Investment Tribunals: Two Sides of the Same Coin?". International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, (2018) 25(4), pp. 485-529.

2017. "Assessing the evolution of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the protection of migrants' rights: past, present and future". International Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 21 - 2017, pp. 1-27 (July 2017).

2017. "Disentangling Human Rights and Investors' Rights in International Adjudication: The Legacy of the Yukos Cases". Volume 24.2. Willamette Journal of International Law & Dispute Resolution.

2017. Hofmeister H. & Olmos Giupponi MB. "Legal implications of Brexit under article 50 TEU and post-exit models". Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

2016. "Investment Mediation and Regional Economic Integration Organizations: The European Union and the Central American Integration System in Comparative Perspective". Conflict Resolution Quarterly 32 (4), pp. 119-139.

2016. Olmos Giupponi MB & Hofmeister H., "Britannia locuta, causa (non) finita - Verfassungs- und europarechtliche Aspekte eines britischen EU-Austritts", Die O?ffentliche Verwaltung (DO?V) 24/2016, pp. 1013-1020.

2016. Yu H & Olmos Giupponi MB. "The Pandora Box Effects under the UNCITRAL Transparency Rules", Journal of Business Law, 2016 (5), pp. 347-372.

2016. "Squaring the Circle? Balancing Sustainable Development and Investment Protection in the EU Investment Policy". European Energy and Environmental Law Review, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 44-55.

2015. Olmos Giupponi MB & Hofmeister H. "The 'Day After' the Scottish Referendum: Legal Implications for Other European Regions", Liverpool Law Review, 36 (3), pp. 211-235.

2015. Olmos Giupponi MB & Yu HL, "Road To Nowhere? - A Comparative Legal Analysis on the Enforcement of Yukos Awards". International Arbitration.

2015. "Transnational Environmental Law and Grass-Root Initiatives: The Case of the Latin American Water Tribunal". Transnational Environmental Law Journal. July 2015 Issue.

2015. "ICSID Tribunals and Sovereign Debt Restructuring-Related Litigation: Mapping the Further Implications of the Alemanni Decision". ICSID Review (Fall 2015) 30 (3), pp. 556-588.

2015. "The Protection of Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America: Where Do We Stand on International Arbitration?". Journal of International Arbitration Vol. 32 (2), pp. 113-142.

2015. "Mapping Emerging Countries' Role in Renewable Energy Trade Disputes". OGEL 3 (2015).

2015. "EU Return Policy and International Human Rights Law: Keeping the balance between border security and human dignity". Spanish Yearbook of International Law Vol. 18.

2015. "The justiciability of the right to water in Latin America: Comparative study of the recent case law in Colombia and Argentina". Mexican Yearbook of International Law.

2014. "Inequality and access to water In Latin America: Guaranteeing the right to water in Argentina". Rethinking Development and Inequality. Vol. 3/2014.

2014. "Protection of fundamental rights in FTA's in Latin America". Co-authored with M. Franca Filho and L. Lixinski. European Journal of International Law.

2014. "Free Trade and Labour and Environmental Standards in MERCOSUR". Colombia International Special Issue.

2013. "Changes in nationality regimes and citizenship conceptions: A comparative analysis between Germany and Spain". International Journal of Humanities and Social Science. Vol. 3 No. 5 (March 20, 2013).

2012. "International Law and Sources of Law in MERCOSUR: An Analysis of a 20-Year Relationship". Leiden Journal of International Law. Volume 25 / Issue 03 / September 2012, pp. 707-737.

2012. "Sistemas de integración regional comparados: Un análisis evolutivo de las teorías de integración en América Latina y África" (Comparative regional integration systems: An evolutionary analysis of theories of integration in Latin America and Africa). Revista de Derecho Comunitario, Derecho Internacional y Derechos Humanos, Universidad de Costa Rica.

2011. "Citizenship, Migration and Regional Integration: Re-shaping citizenship conceptions in the Southern Cone". European Journal of Legal Studies Vol. 4, Issue 2, pp. 104-136.

2011. "Sucesión de Estados y nacionalidad de las personas físicas: el caso de Montenegro" (Natural persons in relation with the succession of States), Revista de derecho migratorio y extranjería.

2011. "Luces y sombras de una declaración de independencia: El Dictamen de la Corte Internacional de Justicia en el caso de Kosovo" (Lights and shadows of a declaration of independence: The Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice in the case of Kosovo). Revista Europea de Derechos Fundamentales

2010. La protección de las comunidades afrodescendientes en el sistema interamericano: Reflexiones a la luz del Caso de las Comunidades de Jiguamiandó y de Curbaradó (The protection of afrodescendat communities in the Inter-American System: Reflections in the light of the Case of the Communities of Jiguamiandó and Curbaradó ), Revista Electrónica Iberoamericana (REIB), 2/2010.

2010. Avances recientes del Sistema Interamericano en la protección de los derechos de los migrantes (Recent developments in the protection of migrants within the Inter-American System), Revista de derecho migratorio y extranjería, ISSN 1695-3509, Nº. 24, 2010, pps. 249-274.

Academic responsibilities

School Head of Department


  • LLB
  • PhD in International Law
  • LLM in Human Rights
  • MA in International Relations
  • PGCert - Max Weber Programme - European University Institute


My core research topics relate to International Economic Law (Trade and Investment Law), EU law, environmental law, and the dispute resolution in different areas, including in the context of new technologies. My latest project deal with COVID impacts on International Trade Law, Green recovery and the implementation of access to environmental procedural rights in Latin America and the Caribbean which will be submitted as one of the Impact Case Studies for the next REF. My research has been recognized for its high quality as demonstrated by the rating of outputs and the ability to attract research funding from different sources.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Trade and Investment Law
  • Sustainability, Compliance and Environmental Law
  • Technological disruptions
  • Renewable Energy and Just Transition
  • Dispute resolution

Scholarly affiliations

  • Member of the International Law Association - British Branch
  • Member and co-convener of the European Society of International Law

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 13.


Olmos Giupponi, Belen (2019) Fostering environmental democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean : an analysis of the Regional Agreement on Environmental Access Rights. Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law, 28(2), pp. 136-151. ISSN (online) 2050-0394

Olmos Giupponi, Belen (2018) Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of indigenous peoples before human rights courts and international investment tribunals : two sides of the same coin? International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 25(4), pp. 485-529. ISSN (print) 1385-4879

Olmos Giupponi, Belen (2017) Assessing the evolution of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the protection of migrants' rights : past, present and future. The International Journal of Human Rights, 21(9), pp. 1477-1503. ISSN (print) 1364-2987

Olmos Giupponi, Belén (2016) Transnational environmental law and grass-root initiatives : the case of the Latin American Water Tribunal. Transnational Environmental Law, 5(1), pp. 145-174. ISSN (print) 2047-1025

Olmos Giupponi, Belen (2015) ICSID tribunals and sovereign debt restructuring-related litigation : mapping the further implications of the 'Alemanni' decision. ICSID Review, 30(3), pp. 556-588. ISSN (print) 0258-3690


Olmos Giupponi, Belen (2021) International environmental law compliance in context : mechanisms and case studies. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. 348p. (Routledge Research in International Environmental Law) ISBN 9781138491847

Olmos Giupponi, Belen (2019) Trade agreements, investment protection and dispute settlement in Latin America. Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands : Kluwer Law International B. V. 413p. ISBN 9789041182333

Olmos Giupponi, Maria Belen (2017) Rethinking free trade, economic integration and human rights in the Americas. Oxford, U.K. : Hart Publishing. 661p. ISBN 9781849467445

Book Section

Olmos Giupponi, Belen (2020) Are market competition and investment protection incompatible in the EU energy sector? In: Fach Gómez, Katia , Gourgourinis, Anastasios and Titi, Catharine, (eds.) International investment law and competition law. Cham, Swizerland : Springer International Publishing. (European Yearbook of International Economic Law : Special Issue) ISSN (print) 2510-6880 ISBN 9783030339159 (In Press)

Giupponi, Belén Olmos (2020) Human rights. In: Kaltmeier, Olaf , Tittor, Anne , Hawkins, Daniel and Rohland, Eleonora, (eds.) The Routledge handbook to the political economy and governance of the Americas. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 371-382. ISBN 9780815352686

Franca Filho, Marcilio Toscano, Lixinski, Lucas and Olmos Giupponi, Belen (2019) Courts of regional economic communities in Latin America and human rights law. In: Kadelbach, Stefan , Rensmann, Thilo and Rieter, Eva, (eds.) Judging international human rights : courts of general jurisdiction as human rights courts. Cham, Switzerland : Springer. pp. 201-221. ISBN 9783319948478

Olmos Giupponi, Belen (2019) Exploring the links between nationality changes and investment claims arising out of armed conflicts : the case of Russian passportization in Crimea. In: Gomez, K. Fach, (ed.) International Investment Law and the Law of Armed Conflict. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. (European Yearbook of International Economic Law) ISBN 9783319977515 (In Press)

Olmos Giupponi, Maria Belen and Delpiano Lira, Cristian (2019) Un analisis del dialogo judicial en la proteccion del medio ambiente desde la Jurisprudencia de las Cortes Europea e Interamericana de Derechos Humanos. In: ., (ed.) El dialogo judicial internacional en la proteccion de los derechos fundamentales. Spain : Tirant Lo Blanch. pp. 535-551. ISBN 9788413131849

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