Solutions to the Ukrainian Crisis and the Politics of International Law

Hosted by the LSE Law School

Moot Court Room, Level 7, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom


Devika Hovell

Devika Hovell

Associate Professor, LSE Law

Mona Pinchis-Paulsen

Assistant Professor, LSE Law


Gerry Simpson

Gerry Simpson

Professor, LSE Law

In this live-streamed, public event, some experts from the LSE Law School will discuss the latest phases of the war in Ukraine with particular attention to the various international legal solutions (neutrality, war crimes, secession, sanctions) currently being mooted.

Meet our speakers and chair

Devika Hovell is an Associate Professor in Public International Law. She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford and a Master of Laws from New York University, where she was awarded the George Colin Award. Devika graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours. She served as an Associate to Justice Kenneth Hayne at the High Court of Australia, and as judicial clerk at the International Court of Justice in the Hague. She was formerly a lecturer at the University of New South Wales and Director of the international law project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW. She is author of The Power of Process (Oxford University Press 2016) and has published articles in a range of journals, including the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the Leiden Journal of International Law and the Modern Law Review. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law.

Mona Pinchis-Paulsen joined the LSE in 2020 as Assistant Professor in International Economic Law. She holds a Ph.D. in International Economic Law from The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London and a LL.M. in International Law from The George Washington University School of Law. Mona teaches and researches in the fields of public international law, international trade law, economic development, and international investment law and arbitration. She is part of the managing editorial team for World Trade Review and is co-chair of a seminar series on International Economic Law & Policy, based in London.

Prior to joining the LSE, Mona was Teaching Fellow for the International Economic Law, Business, and Policy LL.M. Program at Stanford Law School. Before that, she was an Emile Noël Fellow at the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice, New York University. She has been a visiting lecturer in the law departments at the University of California (Davis) and King’s College London. Mona is a qualified Canadian lawyer and admitted to the bar in Ontario (2007). She has been involved as both an advisor and legal researcher in several international investment treaty disputes and trade disputes arising from subsidisation.    

Gerry Simpson was appointed to a Chair in Public International Law at the LSE in January, 2016. He previously taught at the University of Melbourne (2007-2015), the Australian National University (1995-1998) and LSE (2000-2007) and has held visiting positions at ANU, Melbourne, NYU and Harvard. He is the author of Great Powers and Outlaw States (Cambridge, 2004), winner of the American Society of International Law Annual Prize for Creative Scholarship in 2005 and Law, War and Crime: War Crimes Trials and the Reinvention of International Law (Polity 2007), and co-editor (with Kevin Jon Heller) of Hidden Histories (Oxford, 2014) and (with Raimond Gaita) of Who’s Afraid of International Law? (Monash, 2016). Gerry is a Fellow of the British Academy.

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