Dr Chris O'Meara

Dr Chris O'Meara

LSE Fellow

Department of Law

Room No
New Academic Building 7.23
Key Expertise
Public International Law

About me

Chris joined The LSE Department of Law as a Fellow in 2018. Chris' research interests lie in the field of public international law, with a particular focus on the legal regulation of armed conflict. His PhD thesis examined the right of self-defence in international law and the customary requirement that the exercise of defensive force must be necessary and proportionate. He was awarded the University College London (UCL) Faculty of Laws Research Scholarship to conduct his research.

Chris was previously a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow at UCL. He holds a PhD and a LLM in International Law from UCL, as well as a LLB in Law and European Law from the University of Nottingham. He has been a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School and Leiden Law School, and was Academic Editor of the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. Prior to joining UCL, Chris practised as a banking and finance solicitor for Linklaters and Latham & Watkins.

Research Interests

Chris’ research interests include general public international law, as well as the jus ad bellum, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international human rights law. His particular focus on the legal regulation of armed conflict also encompasses consideration of national and international policies and procedures pertaining to the use of force (e.g. rules of engagement, decision making, military training etc). He is currently working on publishing a monograph based on his PhD thesis, as well as articles relating to the right of self-defence in response to imminent armed attacks, and how law and regulation are operationalised on the battlefield. 



Necessity and Proportionality and the Right of Self-Defence in International Law (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)