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Xavier Fernandez Pons

Xavier Fernandez Pons

Associate Professor of International Public Law, UB


He holds a BA in Law from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and PhD in Law from the Università di Bologna. He also completed a Diploma from the Research Centre of the Hague Academy of International Law in 1997. He has worked as a professor of International Public Law at the UB since 2001 and was a visiting lecturer at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua in 1999, the Universidad de Puerto Rico in 2002 and the Buenos Aires branch of the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011. He also teaches in the Master's Programme in International Relations at the IBEI, the Master's Programme in International Business Law at ESADE, the Master's Programme in Environmental Law at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Distance Learning Centre Foundation for Economic and Technological Development (Fundación CEDDET). He has participated in several research projects funded by Spanish and European institutions and is the author of numerous publications on International Public Law, particularly in International Economic Law. He is a member of the Spanish Association of Professors of International Law and International Relations (AEPDIRI) and also a member of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL).

Background and education

  • Universidad de Bolonia (Italia)


Research interests

  • Peaceful settlement of international disputes
  • international economic law
  • international responsibility

Selected publications

  • Fernandez-Pons, Xavier; Polanco, Rodrigo; Torrent, Ramon

    2017.CETA on Investment: the definitive surrender of EU Law to GATS and NAFTA/BITs.Common Market Law Review,54:1319–1358
  • Fernandez-Pons, XavierTorrent, Ramon

    2012.The (Unnoticed?) Contradictory Overlapping of International and Domestic Rules on FDI: Getting the Legal Facts Right.Introductory paper for Panel XXI - The Disorder of FDIs Legal Framework: Different Approaches; Conflicting Rules. Singapore Conference of the Society of International Economic Law – SIEL -.Link
  • Fernandez Pons, Xavier.2010.“La soluzione delle controversie nel sistema multilaterale del commercio: una ricorrente dialettica tra legalismo e pragmatismo”, en Rossi, L.; Baroncini, E. (coord): Rapporti tra ordinamenti e diritti dei singoli - Studi degli allievi in onore di Paolo Mengozzi, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, 2010, pp. 405-428..
  • Fernandez Pons, Xavier.2009.“Globalización económica, soberanía de los Estados y políticas sociales: funciones y retos del Derecho internacional ante el “trilema” de la globalización”, Sociedad Global – Revista de Relaciones Internacionales y Ciencias Políticas de la Universidad Abierta Interamericana, vol. 3, n. 1, 2009, pp. 43-84..
  • Jordana, JacintFernandez Pons, XavierLevi-Faur, David

    2009.The Global Diffusion of Regulatory Agencies: Channels of Transfer and Stages of Diffusion.IBEI Working Papers,2009/28.Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.
  • Fernandez Pons, Xavier.2006.La OMC y el Derecho internacional. Un estudio sobre el sistema de solución de diferencias de la OMC y las normas secundarias del Derecho internacional general, Marcial Pons, Madrid – Barcelona, 2006..
  • Fernandez Pons, Xavier.2002.El principio de legalidad penal y la incriminación internacional del individuo”, Revista Electrónica de Estudios Internacionales, núm. 5, 2002, pp. 1-18..
  • Fernandez Pons, Xavier.2001.Aspectos jurídicos de la introducción del euro, CEI y Servei Publicacions de la Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, 2001..
  • Fernandez Pons, Xavier.1999.“Self-Help and the Word Trade Organization”, en Mengozzi, P. (ed.). International Trade Law on the 50th Anniversary of the Multilateral Trade System, Giuffrè, Milán, 1999, pp. 55-112..