Dr. Arman Sarvarian

University of Surrey

Arman Sarvarian (1984) holds a first-class LLB from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2007), a first-class LLM in public international law from the University of Cambridge (2008) and a PhD in public international law from the Faculty of Laws of University College London (2012). He is a non-practising member of the Bar of England and Wales (2009).

Dr Sarvarian has been Lecturer in Law at the University of Surrey since 2012 where he primarily teaches public international law. He has been Director of Postgraduate Research since 2016. 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 work has been published in leading academic journals, including the European Journal of International Law and Legal Studies. 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 active 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.

Dr Sarvarian was lead editor of a volume on 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. 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 evidence on international law matters for arbitrators and counsel and has commented on international law in British and Armenian media outlets, including BBC Radio Five Live, BBC News 24 and Eagle Radio. He is fluent in English and Armenian and speaks French, Spanish and Persian to a conversational standard.

During his visit to the Institute, Dr Sarvarian will investigate procedural problems arising in the practice of international courts and tribunals and the potential for procedural reform in those institutions to address such problems.