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Muir Watt, Horatia

Professor, Researcher

Full professor at Sciences Po

Horatia Muir Watt is tenured Professor at Sciences Po, where she is Co-Director of the program Global Governance Studies (which covers private, public and economic international law, arbitration and litigation, human rights and development) within the Master’s Degree in Economic Law.

Horatia Muir Watt received a PhD in private international law from the University of Panthéon-Assas Paris 2 in 1985 and passed the agrégation examination in private law in 1986 (ranked second). She is a tenured Professor in private international law and in comparative law. She taught at the University of Tours, at the University of Paris XI, and at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne between 1996 and 2009 and was appointed to Sciences Po in 2009, when she participated actively in the creation of the law school.

She is a Member of the Institute of International Law (since 2013) and of the Institut Universitaire de France (since 2018).

She is Director of the Revue critique de droit international privé (the leading French-language journal on private international law) and a member of the publication committees of numerous other legal journals, among which the Journal of Private International Law, European Review of Contract Law and Transnational Legal Theory. She is part of the core faculty of IGLP (Institute of Global Law and Policy).

She runs the PILAGG (private international law and global governance) research group of which the launching article is « Private International Law beyond the Schism », (2011) 2(3) Transnational Legal Theory 347–427. The research group’s collective work has given rise to several books, published with OUP, Edward Elgar and Pédone.

Fields of Expertise: 

  • International private law (in global governance)
  • Comparative law (new approaches)
  • Fundamental rights and freedoms
  • International litigation and arbitration

Publications: Horatia Muir Watt's publications

Contact: horatia.muirwatt@sciencespo.fr