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Professor Stefan Talmon

MA, DPhil (Oxon), LLM (Cantab), Habilitation (TĂĽbingen)

Stefan Talmon is Professor of Public Law, Public International Law and European Union Law, and Director of the Institute of Public International Law at the University of Bonn. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. From 2003 to 2011 he was Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Public International Law in the University of Oxford, and a Tutorial Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He has a wide-ranging practice in public international law appearing before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and arbitral tribunals (including ICSID), as well as courts in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Germany.

Stefan's most recent practice has included land and maritime disputes in the South and East China Sea, colonial boundaries in Africa, European Union sanctions in response to the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 over Ukraine, State immunity, freedom of expression under the ECHR, the external powers of the EU with regard to the manipulation of sports competitions, and investment protection in situations of civil war, illegal annexation and State succession.

He  has also consulted on UN and EU economic sanctions; the financing of terrorism, outer continental shelf delineations, the extraterritorial applications of laws, the enforcement of judgments under the Brussels I Regulation; international air traffic with unrecognized States, genocide in international law, the legal status of insurrectional regimes, archaeological excavations and expropriation of private property in occupied territory; and underwater cultural heritage.

Stefan has also conducted reviews of environmental implications of defence projects and has instructed army, air force and naval officers on international law and the law of the sea. From 2003-2011 he taught international law to diplomats on the Oxford Foreign Service Programme.


  • Public international law in general
  • International dispute settlement, including arbitration
  • Law of the sea, including maritime delimitation
  • International humanitarian law and armed conflict
  • International human rights law
  • International environmental law
  • English, German and European Union foreign relations law.

Principal Cases: 

International Litigation

Kasikili/Sedudu Island (Botswana/Namibia), International Court of Justice, counsel and advocate for Botswana

Land and Maritime Boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria (Cameroon v. Nigeria: Equatorial Guinea intervening), International Court of Justice, expert opinion for Nigeria

Demopoulos and Others v. Turkey, European Court of Human Rights, Grand Chamber, Applications Nos. 46113/99, 3843/02, 13751/02, 13466/03, 10200/04, 14163/04, 19993/04 and 21819/04, counsel for Turkey

Perinçek v. Switzerland [Turkey intervening], European Court of Human Rights, Application No. 27510/08, Second Section and Grand Chamber, 2015, counsel and advocate for Turkey

Mercan and Others v. Switzerland [Turkey intervening], European Court of Human Rights, Application No. 18411/11, Third Section, counsel for Turkey

Sudapet Company Ltd. v. Republic of South Sudan, ICSID Arbitral Tribunal, Case No. ARB/12/26, counsel and advocate for Sudapet

Opinion 1/14, Court of Justice of the European Union, legal opinion for Malta

Litigation in domestic courts

Königreich Saudi Arabien v. V-Consult International Group GmbH, Higher Regional Court of Appeal of Cologne and Federal Supreme Court, expert witness for Saudi Arabia

R (on the application of Kibris Turk Hava Yollari and CTA Holidays) v. Secretary for Transport, High Court, Divisional Court, [2009] EWHC 1918 (Admin); Court of Appeal (Civil Division), [2010] EWCA Civ 1093, counsel and advocate for the applicant

Apostolides v. Orams (British Residents' Society Intervening), Court of Appeal (Civil Division), [2010] EWCA Civ 9, counsel for the interveners

Page v. Eckert, High Court, Queen's Bench Division, counsel for the appellant

Almog v. Arab Bank and Afriat Kurtzer v. Arab Bank, US District Court, Eastern District of New York, 471 F.Supp.2d 257 (E.D.N.Y., 2007), expert witness for the respondent

Garbis Davoyan v. Republic of Turkey, US District Court, Central District of California, 2011 WL17899983, expert opinion for Turkey

Education and Career: 

First and Second State Examinations in Law (Germany)
DPhil, MA (Oxford)
LLM (Cambridge)
Professor of Public Law, Public International Law and European Union Law, and Director of the Institute for Public International Law, University of Bonn (2011-)
Lecturer, Reader and Professor of International Law, University of Oxford (2003-2011)
Associate Professor, University of Tübingen (2002-2003)
Assistant Professor, University of Tübingen (1997-2002)



  • Essential Texts in International Law (2016)
  • The South China Sea Arbitration: A Chinese Perspective (2014)
  • The Occupation of Iraq, Volume II: The Official Documents of the Coalition Provisional Authority and the Iraqi Governing Council (2013)
  • On Limits (in German) (2012)
  • The Legal Order of the Oceans. Basic Documents on the Law of the Sea (2009) (with Professor Vaughan Lowe QC)
  • La non reconnaissance collective des Etats illégaux (2007)
  • Collective Non-recognition of Illegal States. Legal Foundations and Consequences of an Internationally Co-ordinated Sanction with Particular Reference to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (in German) (2006)
  • Recognition in International Law. A Bibliography (2000)
  • The Reality of International Law: Essays in Honour of Ian Brownlie (1999) (with Professor Guy S.Goodwin-Gill)
  • Everything is in a State of Flux. The Protection of Cultural Objects and Internal Waters in the New Law of the Sea (in German) (1998) (with Professor Wolfgang Graf Vitzthum)
  • Recognition of Governments in International Law: With Particular Reference to Governments in Exile (1998 [hardcover], 2001 [paperback])
  • and more than 90 articles on public international law

Appointments and Society Memberships: 

  • American Society of International Law
  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • International Society for Military Law and the Law of War
  • German Society of International Law

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