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Filip Balcerzak

Filip Balcerzak
Name and surname

Filip Balcerzak

Ph.D., LL.M.
Professional titles
Attorney at Law (Poland, Spain)


  • English
  • Polish
  • Spanish
  • Commercial law and commercial contracts
  • Distribution agreements and franchising
  • Energy law and raw materials
  • International arbitration
  • International commercial law and international commercial contracts
Year of birth







2018 – currently, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Faculty of Law and Administration, Associate Professor, Director and Main Researcher of an academic grant financed by the Polish National Science Centre – “International investment law and the renewable energy sector’s challenges”

2013 – currently, SSW Pragmatic Solutions (Spaczyński, Szczepaniak i Wspólnicy), Partner, Litigation and Arbitration (Associate 2013-2016, Senior Associate 2016-2019, Counsel 2019-2021)

2020, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, Visiting Fellow

2010 – 2016, doctoral studies, Ph.D. degree in Public International Law granted by the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland (doctoral dissertation in English on “Investor – state arbitration and human rights”)

2015, called to the bar in Poland (Warsaw Bar Association)

2013 – 2015, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Faculty of Law and Administration, Director and Main Researcher of an academic grant financed by the Polish National Science Centre – “Arbitration based on international investment treaties and human rights”

2011 – 2012, DZP (Domański Zakrzewski Palinka), Junior Associate, Spanish Desk

2011, called to the bar in Spain (Madrid Bar Association)

2010 – 2011, postgraduate studies, Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Ottawa (Canada)

2010 – 2011, postgraduate studies, diploma DEJE – Spanish Law for Foreign Lawyers, University of Alcalá (Spain)

2011, University of Ottawa, Research Assistant on use of alternative dispute resolution methods in investor – state arbitrations

2008 – 2009, MMMM (Monereo Meyer Marinel-lo Abogados, Barcelona), intern, Litigation and Arbitration, Polish Desk


Commentary to selected provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure – Arbitral tribunal (in Polish), in: P. Rylski (ed.), Commentary – Code of Civil Procedure (C.H. Beck / Legalis 2021)

Responsibility in Online Arbitration (in Spanish, co-author: B. Ziemblicki), in: D. Bello Janeiro (ed.), El Derecho de Daños en la Era Digital (Grupo Editorial Ibáñez 2021), pp. 257-269

Choice of institution administering arbitration and appointing authority in international arbitration (in Polish), in: M. Dumkiewicz, K. Kopaczyńska-Pieczniak, J. Szczotka (ed.), Księga jubileuszowa dedykowana Profesorowi Andrzejowi Kidybie. Sto lat polskiego prawa handlowego (Wolters Kluwer Polska 2020), ISBN 978-83-8187-795-4, pp. 698-711

Functioning of arbitral tribunals in legal systems of selected European states (in Polish), in: R. Morek (ed.), Funkcjonowanie sądów polubownych w systemach prawnych wybranych państw europejskich (Instytut Wymiaru Sprawiedliwości, 2018), pp. 45-58

Investor – state arbitration and human rights (Brill / Martinus Nijhoff 2017), ISBN 9789004338999, https://brill.com/view/title/34356, monography, pp. 1-324

International investment law in the context of multiculturalism (in Polish), in: A.J. Szwarc (ed.), Panorama prawnych aspektów wielokulturowości społeczeństwa (Wydawnictwo WSB 2017), ISBN 9788372053541, pp. 9-24

Extent of human rights protection in investor – state arbitration based on international investment treaties: perspective of investors, Czech Yearbook of International Law (2016), vol. VII, ISSN 21572976, ISBN 9789082460315, pp. 29-63

Publication of Investment Treaty Awards: The Qualified Potential of Domestic Access to Information Laws (co-author: J. Hepburn), Groningen Journal of International Law (2015), vol. 3, issue 1, ISSN 23522674, pp. 147-170 (https://ugp.rug.nl/GROJIL/article/view/31117)

Jurisdiction of Tribunals in Investor – State Arbitration and the Issue of Human Rights, ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal (2014), vol. 29, issue 1, ISSN 02583690, pp. 216-230 (https://academic.oup.com/icsidreview/article-abstract/29/1/216/2356645)

Determination of compensation in investor – state arbitrations: is there a place for human rights arguments?, in: F. Beatens, J. Caiado (ed.), Frontiers of International Economic Law – Tools to Confront Economic and Social Challenges (Brill / Martinus Nijhoff, 2014), ISBN 9789004270176, pp. 134-150 (https://brill.com/view/book/edcoll/9789004270190/B9789004270190_008.xml)

Jurisdiction of Arbitral Tribunals in Investment Disputes and the Issue of the Applicability of the Most Favoured Nation Treatment to the Host States’ Consent to Arbitrate (in Polish, co-author: S. Sołtysik), Problemy Prawa Prywatnego Międzynarodowego (2013), vol. XII, ISSN 18967604, pp. 133-164

In print:

Manchester Securities v Poland: Denial of Justice in the European Union, ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal (co-author: J. Hepburn)

Commentary to selected provisions of the 1958 New York Convention (in Polish), in: P. Rylski (ed.), Commentary – 1958 New York Convention (C.H. Beck / Legalis)

Human rights and international investment law (in Spanish), w: J.M. Alvarez Zárate, M. Zenkiewicz (red.), Derecho Internacional de Inversiones (Publicaciones Universidad Externado)

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