Humphreys, Stephen

Dr Stephen Humphreys  

Department

Position held

Associate Professor

 

Experience keywords:

climate change; crimes against humanity; environmental law; food security; human rights; international criminal court; international criminal law; international justice; war crimes

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My core areas of expertise include climate change, in particular as it creates or exacerbates human rights risks; and international criminal law, with a particular emphasis on the transnational construction of crime and the remaking of sovereignty. I have published in each of these areas, and my work on climate change has been recognised as groundbreaking.

My current research focuses on the distribution of risk and security under international and transnational law. The work looks at various different areas of law - international security arrangements, international criminal law, environmental law, investment and trade law, transnational developmental and financial arrangements - in order to gauge their overall impact in combination on the experience of risk.

I retain a special interest in the fragmentation of international law, in legal theory - drawing in particular on critical theory - and in rule of law promotion: the contemporary form of law and development.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Energy; Environment; Information Technology; Law

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Africa; Central and Eastern Europe

Languages:

French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Hungarian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6814

Publications

2018

Humphreys, Stephen (2018) Climate change pathways and the future of human rights In: Bhuta, Nehal, (ed.) The Futures of Human Rights. Oxofrd University Press, Oxford, UK.

Humphreys, Stephen (2018) The human rights covenants in the light of anthropogenic climate change In: Moeckli, Daniel and Keller, Helen, (eds.) The Human Rights Covenants: Their Past, Present, and Future. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

2016

Humphreys, Stephen (2016) Conscience in the datasphere Open Democracy (14 Mar 2016) opinion

Humphreys, Stephen (2016) Editorial: in the shadow of Paris: theories of justice and principles of harm Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, 7 (1). 1-6. ISSN 1759-7188

Humphreys, Stephen (2016) The lure of law in development Finnish Yearbook of International Law, 23. 3-44. ISSN 0786-6453

2015

Humphreys, Stephen (2015) The rule of law as morality tale Finnish Yearbook of International Law, 23. 3-42. ISSN 0786-6453 (In Press)

Humphreys, Stephen (2015) Climate change poses an existential threat to human rights Open Democracy (16 Jul 2015) blog

Humphreys, Stephen (2015) Climate change and human rights: anthropocentric rights Global Policy (12 Nov 2015) blog

Humphreys, Stephen (2015) Climate change: too complex for a special regime Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, 34 (1). 51-56. ISSN 0264-6811

Humphreys, Stephen (2015) Conscience in the datasphere LSE Legal Studies, Working Paper No. 11. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Humphreys, Stephen (2015) Conscience in the datasphere Humanity: an International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 6 (3). 361-386. ISSN 2151-4364

2014

Humphreys, Stephen (2014) Climate justice: the claim of the past In: Grear, Anna and Gearty, Conor, (eds.) Choosing a Future: The Social and Legal Aspects of Climate Change. Edward Elgar, London, UK, 134-148. ISBN 9781783477234

Humphreys, Stephen (2014) Climate justice: the claim of the past Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, 5. 134-148. ISSN 1759-7188

Humphreys, Stephen and Otomo, Yoriko (2014) Theorising international environmental law Law Society and Economy Working Paper Series, 10.2139/ssrn.2385836. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

2012

Humphreys, Stephen (2012) Das Theater des Rechtsstaates Peripherie, 125 (32). 8-42. ISSN 0173-184X

Humphreys, Stephen (2012) El teatro del rule of law Ius et Veritas, 22 (43). 358-387.

Humphreys, Stephen (2012) Structural ambiguity: technology transfer in three regimes In: Young, Margaret A., (ed.) Regime Interaction in International Law: Facing Fragmentation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 175-198. ISBN 9781107010482

Humphreys, Stephen (2012) Climate change and international human rights law In: Rayfuse, Rosemary and Scott, Shirley V., (eds.) International Law in the Era of Climate Change. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 29-57. ISBN 9781849800303

Humphreys, Stephen (2012) The fantasy of success: climate change as discourse EUI RSCAS; 2012/67, Penca, Jerneja and De Andrade Correa, Fabiano, eds http://globalgovernanceprogramme.eui.eu, San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy.

Humphreys, Stephen (2012) Laboratories of statehood: legal intervention in colonial Africa and today Modern Law Review, 75 (4). 475-510. ISSN 0026-7961

2011

Humphreys, Stephen (2011) Navigating the dataverse: privacy, technology, human rights Discussion Paper, The International Council on Human Rights Policy, Geneva, Switzerland. ISBN 2940259526

Humphreys, Stephen (2011) Beyond technology transfer: protecting human rights in a climate-constrained world Discussion Paper, The International Council on Human Rights Policy, Geneva, Switzerland. ISBN 2940259534

2010

Humphreys, Stephen (2010) Theatre of the rule of law: transnational legal intervention in theory and practice Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law (73). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781107000780

2009

Humphreys, Stephen, ed (2009) Human rights and climate change Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521762762

Humphreys, Stephen (2009) Introduction: human rights and climate change In: Humphreys, Stephen, (ed.) Human Rights and Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1-34. ISBN 9780521762762

Humphreys, Stephen (2009) Competing claims: human rights and climate harms In: Humphreys, Stephen, (ed.) Human Rights and Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 37-68. ISBN 9780521762762

Humphreys, Stephen (2009) Conceiving justice: articulating common causes in parallel regimes In: Humphreys, Stephen, (ed.) Human Rights and Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 299-321. ISBN 9780521762762

Humphreys, Stephen (2009) Polymorphous sovereignty In: Barbour, Charles and Pavlich, George, (eds.) After Sovereignty: on the Question of Political Beginnings. Routledge-Cavendish, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415490412

2008

Humphreys, Stephen (2008) The emptiness of empire and other hazards of theory International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 57 (1). 225-242. ISSN 0020-5893

Humphreys, Stephen (2008) Climate change and human rights: a rough guide International Council on Human Rights Policy, Versoix, Switzerland. ISBN 2940259836

2006

Humphreys, Stephen (2006) Legalizing lawlessness: on Giorgio Agamben's state of exception European Journal of International Law, 17 (3). 677-687. ISSN 0938-5428

Humphreys, Stephen (2006) Nomarchy: on the rule of law and authority in Giorgio Agamben and Aristotle Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 19 (2). 331-351. ISSN 0955-7571

Humphreys, Stephen (2006) Are social rights compatible with the rule of law?: a realist inquiry Hauser global law, 10/06. New York University School of Law.

2005

Tamm, Ingrid and Lucky, Christopher and Humphreys, Stephen (2005) Legal remedies for the resource curse: a digest of experience in using law to combat natural resource corruption Legal policy, Open Society Institute, New York, USA. ISBN 1891385461

2001

Humphreys, Stephen (2001) Monitoring the EU accession process: minority protection Open Society Institute, New York, USA. ISBN 1891385194

2000

Humphreys, Stephen (2000) Racism in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond: origins, responses, strategies Open Society Institute, Budapest, Hungary. ISBN 963731668X

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'Theatre of the Rule of Law' is the first sustained critique of rule of law promotion – the push to shape laws and institutions that pervades international development and post-conflict reconstruction.

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Stephen Humphreys holds a PhD in law from the University of Cambridge and a Master's in comparative and international law from SOAS, University of London. Prior to joining the LSE in 2009, he was Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy in Geneva, where his research focused on environmental law and on privacy and surveillance. He previously acted as publications director for the Open Society Justice Initiative in New York, and before that oversaw a project monitoring minority rights and discrimination in ten EU accession countries for the Open Society Institute in Budapest. He conducted research on climate change and the Kyoto mechanisms with ENDA Tiers Monde in Dakar, Senegal.

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