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Professor Volker Roeben

Dean of the Law School

Dr iur habil (Heidelberg), LLM (UC Berkeley), LLM (College of Europe, Bruges) Dean and Professor of International Law, Durham Law School

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Volker Roeben is Professor of International Law and Dean at Durham Law School. He is also a visiting professor at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, a docent at the University of Turku, and an associate at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy of the University of Dundee. Formerly, Volker previously was senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative law and Public International Law, and a professor at Swansea University and the University of Dundee. He has held visiting posts at the universities of Chicago, Minnesota and West Virginia, and served as legal adviser at the Energy Charter Secretariat. He holds degrees from the universities of Kiel, Heidelberg, and Berkeley and from the College of Europe Bruges.

Current Research

Roeben is the author or editor of eight books and over fifty articles. Roeben’s research is in the areas of international law and EU law, with a focus on the law and policy of energy, as well as the theory of global law. He frequently advises governments and international organisations.

  • International Energy Law and Sustainable Development
    In 2018, Roeben published Towards the European Energy Union – European strategy in international law with Cambridge University Press. He is general editor of the Hart publication series ‘Global Energy Law and Policy’. An article co-authored with M Amokoromo on ‘Responsibility, Solidarity and their Connections in International law: Towards a Coherent Framework’ is forthcoming in vol. 55 Netherlands Yearbook of International Law.

  • International law
    Roeben has published on international law in its breadth, ranging from the law of the sea to international economic law to the UN Charter to general international law. A forthcoming article is concerned with the concept of statehood in international law: ‘Rose is s Rose is a Rose. International Legal Functionalism as a Method of Statehood Analysis’, in Berkeley Journal of International Law.

  • EU law
    Roeben has published particularly on judicial protection and EU citizenship. He is currently working with P, Minnerop, R Schütze and J Snell of an a volume on EU Citizenship as an independent status under contract with OUP.

  • Comparative Law
     Roeben has explored new concepts and approaches to comparative law in multi-level governance. An example is ‘A concept of shared principles and the constitutional homogeneity in Europe. The case of subsidiarity’, published in (2021) 5 Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Research Groups

Durham Law School

  • Centre for Chinese Law and Policy
  • Durham European Law Institute

Research interests

  • International Law
  • European Union law
  • Energy Law
  • Theory of Global Law
  • Comparative Public Law


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Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Roeben, Volker & Snell, Jukka (2022). Linjaansa etsivän Saksan horjunta vaikeuttaa EU:n kehittämistä. Helsingin Sanomat

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Roeben, Volker & Snell, Jukka (2022). The German or French way? International interdependence vs European sovereignty.
  • Janković, Sava & Roeben, Volker (2022). Russia’s Recognition of the DPR and LPR: The Revival of the Constitutive Theory of Recognition?

Other (Print)

  • Volker Roeben (2021). IEA report: world\textquoterights leading energy adviser was founded to protect oil supplies – now it wants to ban new fossil fuels. The Conversation
  • Volker Roeben & Sava Jankovic (2021). Unpacking Sovereignty and Self-determination in ITLOS and the ICC: A Bundle of Rights? EJIL Talk!
  • Volker Röben (2019). The global community is finally acting on climate change, but we need to switch to renewable energy faster. The Conversation


  • Volker Röben & Gokce Mete (2019). What do we mean when we talk about international energy law? University of Edinburgh.

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