Eleni Methymaki

Department Lecturer in Public International Law


Eleni is Departmental Lecturer in Public International Law. Previously, she was Research Associate to the Chair of Public and International Law, Professor Jelena Bäumler, at the Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (2021-2022), Graduate Teaching Assistant for Public International Law (2019-2020) at Oxford, and Research Associate for International Law at the University of Glasgow, School of Law (2016-2018). In November 2022, Eleni was an Erasmus Mundus International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development Visiting Scholar at the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Eleni is also a DPhil in Law candidate at the Faculty of Law and a member of St Catherine's College, her research focusing on the role of domestic law in international adjudication. Her doctoral studies have been generously supported by the Oxford Law Foundation, and she is supervised by Professor Catherine Redgwell and Professor Antonios Tzanakopoulos. She has studied law at the University of Cambridge (LL.M., Class I), University of Glasgow (LL.M. res., dist.), the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (LL.B., dist.; LL.M. in International Legal Studies, dist.), and Freie Universität Berlin. In summer 2018, Eleni participated in the Centre for Studies and Research of the Hague Academy of International Law, where she conducted focused research along with 23 other international law scholars on the topic of International Inspections

Eleni has published on a range of international law topics, and has edited the 3rd edn of The Statute of the International Court of Justice: A Commentary (OUP 2019; ass't ed) and The Oxford Handbook of the International Law of Global Security (OUP 2021; ass't ed). While at Leuphana University, she contributed to the development of a module on "International Sustainability Law", and as an international law tutor in Oxford she has previously designed and taught a short course on "Political Theory and Ideology in International Law".

Beyond academia, Eleni is experienced in advising states, international organizations, and private parties on international law matters and dispute resolution before domestic and international courts, including the International Court of Justice. She is a Greek qualified lawyer, and has previously practised law as a trainee in the in-house litigation team of a private corporation in Athens (Greece), in the fields of criminal, labour and corporate law.

Since 2016, Eleni has joint responsibility for the UK Materials in International Law (UKMIL) of the British Yearbook of International Law. She is also a researcher at the Athens Public International Law Centre. Previously, she was a member of the editorial team for the OUP Research Track on Public International Law and a general editor for the (then) Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (2015-2016).


Research Interests

Eleni's primary area of research is Public International Law, with particular interests in international dispute settlement and the relationship of the international to domestic legal orders. In addition to that, her research interests include practices of international ordering; theory and history of international law; law of the sea; international economic law; global security; and international human rights law.


For 2022-23, Eleni is teaching on the following options: FHS Public International LawInternational Dispute Settlement; and International Law of the Sea.

Research projects & programmes

Public International Law Research Group