Tim Potier

Tim Potier
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. in Law) School of Government and International Affairs - Faculty MemberThe International Law Department - Professor

Tim Potier completed his studies at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, where (for four years) he was a post-doctoral research associate.

Prior to joining MGIMO, in September 2017, Tim Potier was Head, School of Law, University of Central Lancashire (Cyprus campus).

2019-20 — Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.
2007–09 — Visiting Fellow, Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge.
2006–07 — Honorary University Fellow, School of Law, University of Exeter.

He has been a recommended expert for the Council of Europe on minority rights (in international law). Also, a regular contributor (since 2001) of opinion pieces for the international media on international relations. To date, 180 opinion pieces have been published.

A legal historian, besides an international lawyer, he is currently writing the first in a series of books on Roman Law (the first to be published will be on Roman Succession Law). He is a specialist in the field of conflict management.


2016-2020: External Examiner at the University of West London within the School of Law and Criminology.


2002-04: Executive Director, European Rim Policy & Investment Council (www.erpic.org).


«The Constitutional Development of Three Post-Conflict Transcaucasian Autonomies», Law Department, University of Keele, awarded 1999.

PhD awarded without the need to make any corrections/improvements/alterations.


  1. «Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. A Legal Appraisal», Kluwer Law International, December 2000, 314pp.
  2. «A Functional Cyprus Settlement. The Constitutional Dimension», Verlag Franz Philipp Rutzen (publisher), June 2007, 765pp.
  3. Chapter in text (Publisher: I. B. Tauris), «Reunifying Cyprus — The Annan Plan and Beyond», edited by Andrekos Varnava (University of Melbourne) and Hubert Faustmann (University of Nicosia). Chapter titled. «A Comparative Analysis of the Five Versions of the Annan Plan». March 2009.
  4. «Shaw’s Interpretation of International Law: Theoretical Reflections», with Alexander N. Vylegzhanin, Moscow Journal of International Law, 2017, No.4, pp.7-18
  5. «A Referendum to Determine Karabakh’s Status. A Critical Appraisal», Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Volume 32, Issue 2 (July 2012), pp.269-276.
  6. «Association with international personality: Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan», European Yearbook of Minority Issues 2007/8 (May 2010), Volume 7, pp.677-694.
  7. «Nagorno-Karabakh: Ever Closer to a Settlement, Step-by-Step», OSCE Yearbook 2009, Volume 15, pp.201-211.
  8. «Cyprus. Entering Another Stalemate?», Briefing Paper, Chatham House (www. chathamhouse. org. uk), November 2005.
  9. «Roman Law and the Legal World of the Romans by Andrew M. Riggsby», Cambridge Law Journal, Volume 71, Issue 2 (July 2012), pp.446-449.


January 2015 — September 2017: lead op-ed column in The Cyprus Weekly; writing 138 articles for the newspaper.

2001-14: wrote a total of 52 articles for the Cyprus, UK and international press.


Member of the Editorial Board of the Moscow Journal of International Law.


A recommended expert for the Council of Europe on minority rights (2001-2002).


January 2003 — April 2005: worked very closely behind-the-scenes with the senior leadership of all political parties in Cyprus, with the aim of facilitating efforts to finding a lasting settlement on the island.