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Anne Thies

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  • Joint Deputy Head of School
  • Lead of School of Law Athena SWAN initiative
  • Member of the University's Diversity and Inclusion Community of Practice (DICOP),
  • Member of REF 2021 Personal Circumstances Group
  • Member of University's Ethics Committee

Areas of interest

EU and UK external relations law, gender equality and external relations law, international trade law, EU constitutional law, public international law, international dispute settlement.

Postgraduate supervision

Lead and co-lead PhD supervisor of:

  • Ahmed Aldhafeeri (2019–), 'The Public Policy Exception to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards'
  • Virgilio Lobato Cervantes (2019–), 'A Practical Framework for Addressing EU Data Protection and Privacy Law'
  • Selam Abebe (2018–), 'The Role of the Compliance Mechanism of the Paris Agreement in Achieving Equity and Climate Justice'
  • Liam Bagshaw (2018–), 'What Role Does International Law Play in Disaster Risk (Reduction)?'
  • Zoi Krokida (2016–2020), 'An Evaluation of the EU Regulatory Framework for Hosting Information Society Service Providers' Liability for Copyright and Trade Mark Infringements: Criticisms, Challenges and Recommendations'
  • Natasha Georgiou (2013–2019), 'EU-Russia energy relations and the protection of investors'
  • Wanni Teo (2011–2016), 'Privacy and data surveillance in European Union Counter-Terrorism Action'
  • David Yuratich (2010–2014), 'The Court of Justice of the European Union and Models of EU Democracy'.

Dr Thies is interested in receiving proposals for MRes and doctoral study in European and international law, in particular in the area of EU external relations law, foreign affairs and gender equality, international trade law, on other legal issues arising at the intersection between EU and international law, and international dispute settlement.


She currently teaches the following courses:

  • LLB: Foundations of European Union Law; Public International Law
  • LLM: International Trade and WTO Law; International Dispute Settlement; Introduction to International Law.

Research centres and groups

Member of Global Law at Reading (GLAR)


Anne joined the School of Law in September 2007.

In her research Anne focuses on European and public international law. She is particularly interested in EU external relations law, gender equality, international trade law, the interrelationships between different international legal systems and international dispute settlement.

Her monograph International Trade Disputes and EU Liability was published with Cambridge University Press (2013).

She is committed to international collaboration, coedited and published two books in the field of EU external relations law with Hart Publishing (20142017) and contributes to a leading textbook in the field (2020).

Anne obtained a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute in Florence (2010/11). She is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of European Law, King's College London and Editorial Board Member of ZEuS (Zeitschrift für Europarechtliche Studien, Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag).

Anne acts as external examiner (undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research) and referee for academic publications, scholarship applications and programme accreditation. She is admitted to the German bar as Rechtsanwältin (solicitor/barrister) and trained as a mediator. Anne speaks English, French, German and Italian.

In 2017, Anne established – together with her co-editors Professor Christina Eckes (Amsterdam) and Professor Piet Eeckhout (UCL) – the academic journal Europe and the World - A Law Review, which is the first peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of EU external relations law. It aims to contribute to legal scholarship on the place of Europe in the world, with a particular focus on EU external relations law.

She is co-founder and co-convenor (re-elected in 2018) of the Interest Group 'The EU as a Global Actor' of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), which was launched in September 2012, and is interested in international collaborative projects in that field.

Academic qualifications

First State Exam in Law (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich); Second State Exam in Law and admission as Rechtsanwaltin (barrister/solicitor) in Munich; LLM (London School of Economics), PhD (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich)