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Kristiyan Stoyanov

Teaching Fellow

Teaching Fellow in the Durham Law School
PhD candidate in the Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)


Kristiyan is a Teaching Fellow in Corporate and Commercial Law as well as PhD candidate at Durham Law School. His research interests lie in International Economic Law, International Environmental Law, and EU Law.

Kristiyan holds an M.Jur from Durham and an LL.B (European Legal Studies) from Westminster, having undertaken a year abroad at the University of Antwerp. During his undergraduate and postgraduate legal studies, Kristiyan has won a number of scholarships and academic awards for academic excellence. In 2020, he was nominated for Young Jurist of 2020 at the 8th National Justice Awards organised by the Bulgarian Bar Association and the Balkan Media Association.
Prior to starting his PhD, Kristiyan was a Blue Book Trainee at the Trade Policy and WTO team at Legal Service - European Commission, where he gained experience under, inter alia, the GATT, SCM Agreement, SPS Agreement, and TBT Agreement. He continues to maintain good connections with the world of legal practice and, in particular, the EU institutions - most recently, he organised an academic - practitioner workshop at Durham Law School with guests speakers from the European Commission, CJEU, and Council.

2022 July, Durham Law School, UK
• Speaker and primary organiser of workshop Interplay between EU Law and International Law
• Presentation title: The legal relationship between the EU and the WTO – should WTO law continue to be the ‘odd’ one in future?
• Guest speakers: Josephine Norris, Legal Service - European Commission; Antonios Antoniadis, Legal Service – Council; Nicolaj Kuplewatzky Référendaire – CJEU; Chaired by Robert Schütze (Professor of European and Global Law - Durham University)

2022 June, Ustinov College Annual Conference (Durham University)
• Presentation title: Durham Law School Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee

2022 June, 11th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (University of Birmingham)
• Presentation title: Legal Effect of WTO law in the EU: Past, Present, Future

2022 June, Book presentation of Prof. dr. Anna-Alexandra Marhold, Energy in International Trade Law: Concepts, Regulation and Changing Markets (CUP, 2021) at Durham Law School
• Organiser and book discussant

2018 February, Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in London
• Invited to speak on a conference at the Bulgarian Embassy in London organised by the University of Cambridge CantaBulgarian Society. Presentation title: Rule of Law in the EU: Council and Commission


Kristiyan's 48,383-word long MJur thesis examined the enforcement of WTO law in the EU and the US in order to determine if the EU is the odd one. He officially completed the MJur on 20/04/2020. 

Examiners: Prof. dr. Stephen Weatherill (Jacques Delors Professor of European Law, University of Oxford) and Dr. Federico Lupo-Pasini (Associate Professor in Commercial and Corporate Law, Durham University)


Policy space for government support to renewable energy subsidies under WTO law

Krisityan's PhD is supported by a merit-based Durham Law School Scholarship (2021-4)

Since 2018, Krisityan has taught on a variety of undergraduate modules at Durham Law School. In 2022-23, he will be teaching Land Law, Commercial Law and Contract Law. Kristiyan is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

  • EU Law, in particular State Aid; Constitutional; External Relations
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade Law