Christian Riffel - School of Law - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Christian Riffel


Senior Lecturer


  • PhD (Law), University of Bern, Switzerland (2014)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, University of Canterbury (2014)
  • Bar Exam Saarland, Germany (2008)
  • LLM, with distinction, Europa-Institut of Saarland University (2007)
  • First State Examination, with distinction, University of Heidelberg (2006)

Contact Details

Room 319 Business and Law
Phone: +64 3 369 3473
Extension: 93473

Postal Address

School of Law
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand


Chris specializes in international economic law, in particular international trade and investment law. He strives to cover both the private and public law side. His research focuses on regional economic integration. Chris did his PhD at the University of Bern under the supervision of Prof Thomas Cottier. His PhD deals with the protection against unfair competition in the world trading system and was published by Brill in the World Trade Institute Advanced Studies series. As part of his PhD, he spent a seven-month sojourn at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich, sponsored by the Max Planck Society. Before joining UC, he was a postgraduate worker at the University of Edinburgh.

Chris studied law at the University of Heidelberg, where he minored in environmental studies, Anglo-American and French law. He was a Member of the Council of Europe Youth Assembly on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Council of Europe and attended the summer course at The Hague Academy of International Law. Chris did his master’s degree in European Union law at the Europa-Institut of Saarland University. His master’s thesis ‘(Non-)Conformity of Social Standards in the Generalized System of Preferences of the EC and the USA with WTO Law’ won the Hans-Werner Osthoff prize for excellent academic writing.

He worked as a legal clerk for Baker & McKenzie in Caracas, Venezuela, as well as in the German Embassy in Santiago de Chile.

Chris is fluent in English, German and Spanish.

Areas of Supervision

Research topics relating to all sub-areas of international economic law are welcome, including

  • International trade law
  • International investment law
  • Regional economic integration law
  • International sales law
  • International transport law
  • Private international law

Research Profile