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Julie A. Maupin

PhD (HEI), JD/MA (Yale), Referentin
Tel. +49 (6221) 482-355


Juristische und ökonomische Faziten von Blockchains, Cryptowährungen, Smart Contracts, und Distributed Ledger Technologien; Theoretische Grundlagen und soziale Auswirkungen von grenzüberschreitenden ökonomischen Governance-Systemen (Handel, Finanzen, Investition, Währung, Bankverkehr); rechtsvergleichende Studien zur Förderung sozialen Wohlergehens; Staatliche Handlungsverplichtungen im internationalen Recht; Überschneidungen des öffentlichen und privaten internationalen Rechts; Internationales Recht und sozialer Wandel.

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang:

Dr. Julie Maupin was appointed Senior Researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in July of 2014.  Prior to joining Max-Planck, Maupin held a lectureship at Duke University School of Law in the United States, where she taught courses on international investment law, international commercial arbitration, and drafting pleadings in international disputes. Along the way she has also taught international trade law, comparative competition law, and public international law at leading universities in Africa and Europe. 

Since turning her attention to blockchain and other distributed ledger technolgies, Maupin has become a sought-after expert in questions concerning the interface of cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, Internet-of-Things, and artificial intelligence technologies with international governance regimes.  In January 2016, she received a senior fellowship from the Centre for International Governance Innovation to support her research into the global opportunities and risks presented by these nascent decentralized technologies.  That research focuses on:

1.  how distributed ledger technologies can be leveraged to render existing international governance institutions more inclusive, transparent, sustainable, and accountable to all citizens of our global economy (opportunities); and

2.  what new challenges distributed ledger technologies pose to existing cross-border legal and regulatory regimes and how these challenges might be met (risks).

Maupin’s current and planned projects examine these questions in relation to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and various EU and UN bodies. 

Dr. Maupin has received notable professional recognition for her work.  In 2017 she was appointed to the external fintech advisory committee to the German Ministry of Finance.  In connection with Germany’s 2017 presidency of the G20, she sat on the T20 Digital Economy Task Force.  Her policy brief for that task force was recognized by the T20 organizers as one of the "Top 20 Policy Recommendations for the G20".  As a result, Dr. Maupin was invited to participate in the agenda-setting process for the 2018 T20 under the presidency of Argentina.  In 2017, Dr. Maupin also served as Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, which brought more than 1300 renowned international lawyer scholars and practitioners from around the world to Washington DC for 4 days of intensive scholarly debate on topics of global concern ranging from international peace and security to human rights to global trade and financial institutions.  In 2017-2018 Dr. Maupin continues to serve as the co-chair of the American Society's International Economic Law Interest Group.

Dr. Maupin’s educational credentials include a BS in Economics with honors, minor in Psychology, summa cum laude, from the University of Washington in Seattle (US);  a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and MA in Economics from the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (US); and a PhD in International Studies, with magna and summa cum laude honors, from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (Switzerland). She wrote her doctoral dissertation on “Reconciling Public and Private Rights and Interests in International Investment Law” under the supervision of Prof. Pierre-Marie Dupuy, for whom she also worked as an arbitral law clerk.  Maupin’s early legal training additionally included a judicial clerkship with Justice Kate O’Regan at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.


Englisch, Deutsch, Französisch, Spanisch, Serbo-Kroatisch





Toward a Global Regulatory Sandbox for Blockchain Technologies

YLS 06 Scholarship Workshop

Yale Law School, New Haven (United States)


Beiträge der Europäischen Union zur Entwicklung des internationalen Investitionsschutzes: eine Auswertung

"TTIP, Demokratie und Völkerrecht - politische und juristische Dimensionen des transatlantischen Freihandelsabkommens", Diskussionsverantstaltung des FDP Verbands Heidelberg

Stadthalle Heidelberg, Kammermusiksaal. 18:00.


Thriving as a Woman in Academia: Comparative Reflections from Both Sides of the Atlantic

Annual Carousel of the Heidelberg International Professional Women's Forum

Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut, Heidelberg


Do We Need Investor-State Dispute Settlement in Investment Treaties Between Advanced Democracies? Recent Developments from the EU

Conference organized by the Centre for International Governance Innovation

Ottawa, Canada


The Alternative Possible Futures of ISDS: What Role for ICSID?

Brown Bag Lunch Series

ICSID Secretariat, Washington D.C., US


Regulatory Challenges of Cryptocurrencies and Other Blockchain Technologies

Presentation and roundtable workshops with working groups from the South African Treasury, Reserve Bank, Financial Intelligence Centre, and Revenue Service

Pretoria, South Africa


Promoting Foreign Direct Investment - A Commentary on Recent South African Developments

Presentation at Workshop on "Foreign Direct Investment, the Rule of Law, and International Investment Treaties: Theory, Policy, and Evidence", hosted by the British Institute for International and Comparative Law, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, and Hogan Lovells, LLC

Johannesburg, South Africa


Global vs Local Public Interests in International Investment Law

Conference Presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law

Washington, D.C., United States


Recurring Problems in Investor-State Disputes & How South Africa Might Respond to Them

Presentation and Roundtable Discussion with the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (University of the Witwatersrand)

Johannesburg, South Africa


Recurring Problems in Investor-State Disputes & How South Africa Might Respond to Them

Presentation for the South African Department of Trade and Industry and Department of International Relations and Cooperation

Pretoria, South Africa


Toward Balance in International Investment Law: Three Paradigms

Presentation for the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

Pretoria, South Africa


Solidarity, Democracy, and Regional Economic Integration: Two's Company, Three's a Crowd?

Presentation for conference on "Los desafíos contemporáneos de la democracia y el Estado de Derecho"

Salta, Argentina


Human Rights as Applicable Law in Investor-State Arbitration?

Presentation at workshop on Human Rights in Investment Arbitration, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Columbia Law School, New York


Arbitrating with Sovereign States

Introductory lecture for incoming JD/LLM students

Duke University School of Law, Durham (US)


Rethinking Private International Law: The Emergence of the “Private” in Contemporary International Law

panel discussant, Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law

Washington, D.C.


Public & Private in International Investment Law

presentation at American Society of International Law, biennial conference of the International Economic Law Working Group

George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C.


The Intersection of National Security Law Issues and International Business Enterprises: Lessons Learned and Challenges for the Future

Panel Moderator, Annual conference on Law, Ethics and National Security (‘After Afghanistan, Where To From Here?’)

Duke University School of Law, Durham (US)


A Human Rights Perspective on Women's Economic Inclusion

Presentation of report commissioned by the Nordic Council for Human Rights on the human rights dimensions of the work program of the Women, Business, and the Law Group, International Finance Corp., World Bank

Washington, D.C.


Most-favored nation clauses as a jurisdictional basis for investor-state disputes

Presentation at biennial meeting of the Society for International Economic Law

Barcelona, Spain


Academic year 2016/2017

LLM Thesis Supervision, Candidate Annika Bratzel, "Sexual Violence as a weapon of war; the use of Command Responsibility in the Prosecution of Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes in Non-International Armed Conflict"

Winter Term 2016

Public International Law

Europa-Institut, Universität des Saarlandes (Saarbrücken, Germany)

Wintersession 2013, Wintersession 2014

Drafting Pleadings in International Disputes

Duke University School of Law (Durham, US)

Spring 2013, Spring 2014

International Commercial Arbitration

Duke University School of Law (Durham, US)

Summer 2012

Introduction to US Law

Summer Institute of Transnational Law, University of Geneva & Duke Law School (Geneva, Switzerland)

Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

International Investment Law

Duke University School of Law (Durham, US)

Spring 2009

Guest Lecturer, International Trade & Comparative Competition Law

University of Cape Town Law Faculty (Cape Town, South Africa)

Teilnahme an Tagungen im In- und Ausland

Principal Organizer, "The Future of Transatlantic Economic Governance in the Age of the BRICS", A Joint Scholarship Workshop of the International Economic Law Interest Groups of the American and European Societies of International Law and the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Max Planck House, Heidelberg, 11.12.2015 - 12.12.2015

Workshop participant, The Comparative Constitutional Law of Public-Private Arbitration, Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany, 21.11.2014 - 22.11.2014

Panelist, Recent Trends in International Arbitration, 25th anniversary conference of the joint King’s College and Boston College Law School London Program in Transnational Law, King's College Faculty of Law, London, 13.05.2014

Presenter, Toward a Legitimate International Investment Regime, Junior Scholars Research Forum, American Society of International Law, International Economic Law Interest Group, Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, 22.11.2013

Discussant, Development and Justice? Roundtable Series on Opportunity and Inclusion in the Global Economy, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, 21.10.2013

Presenter, European Investment Law at a Crossroads, a comment on August Reinisch, “The Future of Investment Treaties in the European Union,” Symposium on the Law and Politics of Foreign Investment, Santa Clara University School of Law, 01.02.2013 - 02.02.2013

Presenter, Differentiation of Competing Claims, Workshop on Conceptual Foundations of International Investment Law, Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, Geneva, 08.06.2012

Presenter, Empirics and Opposition: What Empirical Studies Can (and Can’t) Do for International Investment Law Scholarship, Workshop on the Political Economy of Investment Treaties, London School of Economics, 27.04.2012 - 28.04.2012

Commentator on Ralf Michaels, ‘Is Transnational Commercial Law Customary, and If So, So What? A Jurisprudential Perspective’, Custom and Law Symposium, Duke Law School, 10.02.2012 - 11.02.2012

Presenter, Transparency in International Investment Law, Workshop on Transparency in International Law, Thun, Switzerland, 18.01.2012 - 21.01.2012

Discussant, The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Analysis and Implementation, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University, 12.12.2011 - 13.12.2011

Presenter, Global Public Goods in International Legal Scholarship: Some Insights from Behavioral Economics, Roundtable on International Law and Global Public Goods, Center for International and Comparative Law, Duke Law School, 22.10.2011

Wissenschaftliche Auszeichnungen

Conference Co-Chair of the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law

Member of the Program Committee, 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law

Gender Equality Officer (Gleichstellungsbeauftragte), Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Sep 2015-present)

Visiting Researcher, University of Pretoria, Faculty of Law, South Africa (March 2009), financed by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung


  • American Society of International Law; Co-Vice Chair: International Economic Law Interest Group (present); Mentor: Women in International Law Interest Group (2013-2014)
  • European Society of International Law (since 2009)
  • Society of International Economic Law (since 2009)
  • UNCTAD Ad Hoc Experts Group on International Investment Law (since 2009)
  • Truman National Security Project (Founding Board Member) (since 2004)
  • Social Change Network, Yale Law School (since 2004)



  • Associate Editor, Journal of World Investment and Trade (January 2014-present)
  • Case Comment Reviewer, ICSID Review - Foreign Investment Law Journal (December 2014-present)
  • Peer reviewer, numerous international journals and university presses (present)
  • Executive Editor, Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal (2006-2007)
  • Editor, Yale Journal of International Law (2003-2006)
  • Relief and Development Project Coordinator, Bihać, Bosnia (1995-1996)
  • Human Capital Consultant,, Seattle, US (2001-2002)