Mads Andenas

Year of Call: 1986

Clerk: Kate Trott

Mads Andenas

Year of Call: 1986

Clerk: Kate Trott



Professor Mads Andenas is a senior and distinguished academic. He was the Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (1999-2005) and of the Centre of European Law, King's College, London (1991-1999). He holds Chair of Law at the University of Oslo. He remains a Visiting Research Fellow of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford and the Director of the Centre for Corporate and Financial Law at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. He is a member of the Executive Council of the International Law Association.

From 2008 he has been one of the United Nations Human Rights Mandate Holders, and is the Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitary Detention, which hears individual complaints on arbitary detention from all over the world, and reports to the UN GeneralAssembly and the UN Human Rights Council. He was the rapporteurfor the United Nations Basic Principles and Guidelines on the right to bring proceedings before court of anyone deprived of his or her liberty, which the Working Group adopted in 2015 as requested by the UN Human Rights Council.

Professor Andenas' scholarship on the relationship between national law and European and international law; comparative constitutional and human rights law and constitutional aspects of the EU and the WTO; procedure in international and national courts and administrative bodies, market regulation (competition, financial market supervision) and company law.

He is called to the English Bar (England and Wales, Middle Temple) and is also admitted as an Advokat in Norway. He is a Bencher of Inner Temple. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Legal Studies and a Fellow of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law. He was the Hon Secretary of the UK Association of European Law (1997-2007). He was the Secretary General of the Fédération internationale de droit européen 2000-2002 and the Hon Secretary of the UK Committee of Comparative Law 1999-2005.

Professor Andenas has been designated to serve on the Panel of Arbitrators maintained by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)  for a period of six years extending through 16 February 2022  pursuant to Article 13(1) of the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States.

practice areas


Areas of Practice

  • European Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • Banking and Financial Services Law
  • Competition Law
  • Consultant to the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, London; the Council of Europe and the Asian Development Bank, Manila.

Qualifications & Further Information

Cand. Jur. (University of Oslo)

M.A. (Oxford)

Ph.D. (Cambridge)

D.Phil (Oxford)

Further Information

  • He has been a visiting professor at University of Rome La Sapienza from 2002. He was a Visiting Professor at University of Paris I (Sorbonne) in 2006 and at l'École normale supérieure, Paris in 2008. He has held the Chaire W J Ganshof van der Meersch under the Fondation Philippe Wiener—Maurice Anspach at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2002-3, the Chaire Vincent Wright at Sciences-Po, Paris, in 2011-12, and he has been a Herbert Smith Visitor at the University of Cambridge. In 2005 he was a Fellow of Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS).. In 2005 he held the Paul Hastings Visiting Professorship at the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong, and he is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the HKU Asian Institute of International Financial Law. In 2006 he delivered the Annual Guido Carli Lecture at the University of LUISS Guido Carli, Rome. He has been a part time professor at the European University Institute, Florence where he currently participates in a research project on European regulatory private law.
  • In 2008, he was appointed by the Institut de France as a member of the committee for the Institut's Prix international Aristotle Onassis pour le Droit. In 2011 he received for his human rights work the Don Pino Puglisi Prize in memory of the priest killed by the mafia in Palermo in 1993 and recently declared a martyr and beatified.
  • Former member of the Advisory Board on Corporate Governance of Transparency International, Berlin
  • Former member of different working parties under the Financial Law Panel
  • Former member of the Committee of the English Branch of the European
  • Society for Banking and Financial Law
  • Former member of the Law Society's Company Law Committee
  • Member of the Securities Law Committee of the International Law Association


Published more than 40 books including:

The Foundations and Future of Financial Regulation Governance for Responsibility, with Iris Chiu, Routledge 2014.

Theory and Practice of Harmonisation. Edward Elgar Publishing 2012.

Tom Bingham and the Transformation of the Law - A Liber Amicorum. Oxford University Press.  2009.

European comparative company law. With Frank Wooldridge, Cambridge University Press.  (2009).

The World Trade Organization and Trade in Services. Kern Alexander, Brill Nijhoff  (2008)

Independence, Accountability, and the Judiciary. With Guy Canivet and Duncan Fairgrieve, British Institute of International and Comparative Law.  2006.

Andenæs, Mads & Caranta, R (2005). Independent Administrative Authorities. British Institute of International and Comparative Law.  ISBN 0-903067-49-8.

Enforcement Agencies Practice in Europe. With Burkhard Hess and Paul Oberhammer, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2006.

WTO Law and Process. With Federico Ortino, British Institute of International & Comparative Law, 2005.

Court Review in International Perspective. Liber Amicorum for Gordon Slynn, Kluwer Law International 2000

Delegated Legislation and the Role of Committees in the EC, Kluwer Law International 2000

Editor of several legal journals and book series.

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