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Dr Florian Grisel is a Research Fellow (Chargé de recherche) at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and a Reader in Transnational Law (Associate Professor) at King's College London.

Dr Grisel is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris (B.A./M.A.), Columbia University (M.P.A.), Yale Law School (LL.M.) and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (M.A./PhD). Prior to joining the CNRS and King's College London, he was a consultant at the World Bank, and an attorney at leading arbitration firms based in Geneva and Paris.

Dr. Grisel is authorized to practice law in Paris and New York. He is the recipient of the Alexandre Varenne Prize in Legal Theory (2011) and the Bronze Medal of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (2018). He has been listed by Who's Who Legal as a Future Leader in International Arbitration in 2020 (Category: Partner, London).

Research interests

Dr Grisel's research has focused on the evolution of international arbitration from a dispute resolution process based on the consent of parties to a lawmaking process embedded in a larger system of transnational governance. His work seeks to capture the extent to which arbitral tribunals and institutions, such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) or the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), are progressively discharging governance functions normally associated with State courts. Dr Grisel has authored two books on the subject (L'arbitrage international ou le droit contre l'ordre juridique, LGDJ, 2011 and The Evolution of International Arbitration, Oxford University Press, 2017 (the latter with Alec Stone Sweet)).

Dr Grisel's current research further explores the emergence of judicial institutions outside of the state. He is now carrying the empirical study of a judicial institution that has been engaged in the settlement of disputes among fishermen in Marseille since the Middle Ages. The goal is to confront this case study with the literature on "private ordering" that has developed in the past 20 years. This research is funded by the French National Research Foundation (ANR Grant). 

Selected publications