Dr. Rumiana Yotova

Specialisms:Arbitration, Public & Human Rights



PhD (Cantab), LL.M Adv (Leiden), Magister juris (Sofia), Hague Acad Dipl (cum laude)
College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Law, Lucy Cavendish College; Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge



Dr Yotova is an international lawyer and a lecturer in the University of Cambridge Law Faculty and at Lucy Cavendish College, where she teaches international law, investment law and EU external relations.


She has experience, through her support of Professor James Crawford of cases before the International Court of Justice (including Georgia v Russia; Costa Rica v
Nicaragua and Croatia v Bosnia and Herzegovina), in which she assisted in the drafting of memorials and oral pleadings.

She was involved in investment arbitrations and contract-based disputes involving a State entity. She researched and drafted expert opinions for the benefit of States and corporations appearing before arbitral tribunals (including in the Yukos v Russia arbitrations and in Chevron v Ecuador before the PCA), the CJEU (in the Kadi II case), and before US and UK courts (for example in Talisman v Presbyterian Church of Sudan before the US Supreme Court).

She has great enthusiasm for the practice of public international law and investment arbitration.


Dr Yotova founded the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law with Andrew Sanger,  and convened its Inaugural Conference in 2012