Stefan Mandelbaum

Lecturer, Law

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Anglia Law School

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Law

Courses taught: Law, Digital Economy

Stefan is a Lecturer at Anglia Law School. Educated in Germany and the United Kingdom, he is a dialectician working on international law, legal theory and political philosophy.



Upon completing a 5-year degree as Magister Artium in Philosophy, Law and Greek Philology at the Friedrich-Schiller University (Jena), Stefan started teaching law at King’s College London’s School of Law, where he is currently completing his doctorate. Prior to joining Anglia Law School, Stefan has spent three years as visiting scholar and research assistant at the University of Cambridge, Yale University and the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law in Hamburg.

Research interests

  • International Law Theory
  • Political and Legal Philosophy
  • Transnational/International Commercial Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Arbitration
  • German Idealism/Critical Theory

Stefan’s main research is currently focused on legitimacy issues in international law, especially in the fields of commercial and investment treaty arbitration. His general research consists of three trajectories which examine the conceptual as well as methodological presuppositions behind legal phenomena, and aims to contribute to the fields of international law theory, criminal law theory and the historiography of law.


Semester 1:

  • Legal Research: Theory and Practice (UG)
  • Globalisation and World Trade (PG)

Semester 2:

  • Contract Law (UG)
  • Law of Business Associations (PG)


  • MPhil in International Law (King’s College London)
  • Magister Artium (distinction): Philosophy, Law and Greek Philology (Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member, Helmuth-Loening Centre for Political Science

Selected recent publications

Mandelbaum, S., 2014. Book Review: 'Dalhuisen on Transnational Comparative Commercial, Financial and Trade Law'. King’s Law Journal. 25(II). 318-23.

Mandelbaum, S., 2013. On Making Sense of Contradictions: A Dialectical Critique of Methods and the Status of Customs in International Investment Law, David A. Frenkel (ed.). Economy and Commercial Law. Athens. 123-34.

Mandelbaum, S., 2011. Book Review: 'Tom Bingham's 'The Lives of the Law''. KSLR, III(1). 155-158.

Media experience

Contributor to KSLR’s Legal Theory Blog