Dr Maria Gwynn, GLF 2016-18


Dr Maria A. Gwynn’s research concerns the intersection of international law and international relations. She explores international treaties, the different forms of sovereignty costs derived from them and how they can be diminished. She analyses legal and political factors in asymmetrical international negotiations; she is currently investigating the renegotiation of a hydro-electrical energy treaty (the Itaipu treaty) in the South American region as a case study.

Dr. Gwynn further researches in the area of international investments and compares the different strategies of states facing the challenges of investment treaties and investor-state disputes. She also focuses on the analytical concept of structural power derived from modified structuralism and its current applications in international relations.   

She holds an LLB (Honours) from the National University of Asuncion; postgraduate international practice diplomas in International Arbitration and Mergers and Acquisition by the College of Law of England and Wales and the International Bar Association; a Magister Juris from the University of Oxford, UK, with specialization in international dispute settlement, corporate finance, contracts and constitutional theory, and a Doctorate (Dr.Phil) from Bergische Universtitaet Wuppertal, Germany. She is a Fellow at University College, Oxford.

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Gwynn, Maria A. (2016) “Power in the International Investment Framework” Palgrave Macmillan. UK. Abstract

Gwynn, Maria A. (2007) “Contratos Internacionales para el sector Privado” Editorial El Lector. Asuncion- Paraguay.


Journal Articles and Working Papers

Gwynn, Maria A. “Towards the Renegotiation of the Itaipu Treaty” (Working Paper, 2017).

Gwynn, Maria A. “Structural Power and International Regimes”. (Submitted).

Gwynn, Maria A. (Forthcoming 2017) “UNCITRAL and the Possibility of Returning to the Multilateral Regulation of Foreign Investments” UNCITRAL’s Special 50th Anniversary Issue.

Gwynn, Maria A. “Investment Disputes, Sovereignty Costs and States’ Strategies”. (GEG Working Paper 2017/132)

Gwynn, Maria A. (Forthcoming 2017) “Susan Strange: Trade as a Secondary Structure”. Book Chapter in German language. In Handelspolitik und Welthandel in der Internationalen Politischen Okonomie (ed Holger Janusch). Springer VS.

Gwynn, Maria A. (2015) “South American Countries’ Bilateral Investment Treaties: A Structuralist Perspective” 6 Journal of International Dispute Settlement, 97-117. 

Gwynn, Maria A. “Unveiling the Grand Strategy of Emerging Countries: The case of China and Brazil” (Submitted)

Gwynn, Maria A. “Private International Law in the Enforcement of International Environmental Commitments” 2017 Working Paper


Other contributions

World Bank Publications, Doing Business 2007, 2009, 2010. World Bank Publishing.

International Bar Association, Anti-Money Laundering Forum. 27/05/2014