Dr Maria Louca


Maria Louca

School/Department: Leicester Law School



I joined the University of Leicester in September 2022 as a Lecturer in Law. 

My research focuses on International Procedural Law, and my PhD titled ‘Jurisdictional Objections in International Courts and Tribunals' looks into procedural issues of inter-state adjudication within the framework of procedural fairness. During 2016-2021 I served as alternate member to the International Law Association’s Committee on Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals. 

I hold a Single Honours LLB in Law from the University of Keele (2012) and an LLM in International Law from the University of Surrey (2013). I was subsequently awarded an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent (2014). I am qualified under the National Bar of the Republic of Cyprus (2015), followed by a year of practice.


My research focuses on international procedural law, procedural fairness, good administration of justice and equality of the parties in inter-state adjudication.  I employ a comparative approach looking into procedural matters of several international courts and tribunals, such as the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Trubunal for the Law of the Sea and the WTO Dispute Settlement Body.  

My general research interests include the creation of states in international law, especially the cases of state secession and succession, and inter-disciplinary approaches in the role of the EU in the peaceful settlement of international disputes. 


Arman Sarvarian, Maria Louca, Secrecy of Deliberations, Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law [MPEiPro] (OUP 2019). Online access


I welcome proposals from UG, LLM and PhD students on:

  • Public International Law 
  • International Procedural Law (inter-state adjudication)
  • State Secession 
  • State Succession



Constitutional and Administrative Law 

EU Law


International Law and the Use of Force


  • LLB Single Hons Law
  • LLM International Law
  • MA International Relations
  • Barrister (National Bar of the Republic of Cyprus)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
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