Public international law is a central component of teaching and research at LSE. We teach popular undergraduate options in general public international law and the international protection of human rights, together with a wide range of LLM options. While that range varies slightly from year to year, LLM offerings always include an advanced public international law course (currently ‘Rethinking International Law’) and a series of specialised courses, which in recent years have encompassed international economic law, international human rights law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international law and the use of force, international refugee and migration law, international dispute resolution, world poverty and human rights, the human rights of women, international and European environmental law, investment treaty law, and the international law of self-determination.
Alongside these taught programmes, we are privileged to supervise the research of a large number of doctoral students working on topics that implicate public international law in a huge variety of ways. The focus of some recent and current projects has been on particular international legal norms and principles, such as sovereign immunity or self-defence. In the case of other projects, enquiry has revolved instead around international legal processes and institutions – law-making in the WTO, for instance, or the role of the UN in transitional and post-conflict justice. Yet other projects have moved to the arena of metadisciplinary concerns, with students tracing the significance of international law in public justificatory discourse or investigating the interrelation of Third World approaches to international law and the Marxist critique of imperialism.
Faculty members are all engaged in their own ongoing research and writing, and are also active participants in scholarly networks, holders of mandates to undertake work for the UN and other organisations, and members of international commissions of enquiry, national advisory committees, and the editorial boards of academic journals. Interests and approaches are again highly diverse, but what we all share is an ambition to link the study of international law to the practical contexts of collective life, and especially to the realities of poverty, violence, oppression and inequality and the struggles being waged to end them. Our aim, as teachers, supervisors and researchers, is to foster and develop forms of critical analysis that will advance understanding of the place of law in global affairs.
Dr Chaloka Beyani
Professor Christine Chinkin
Dr Devika Hovell
Dr Stephen Humphreys
Professor Susan Marks
Dr Margot Salomon
Professor Gerry Simpson
Dr Yusra Suedi (LSE Fellow)
Professor Emmanuel Voyiakis
Carly A. Krakow
- Brian McGarry and Yusra Suedi, ‘Judicial Reasoning and Non-State Participation before Inter-State Courts and Tribunals’ 21 (2022) The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals, 121-146
- Devika Hovell 'Self-Defence and its Dangerous Variants: Afghanistan and International Law' (2022) 2(3) LSE Public Policy Review 4 (with Michelle Hughes), pp.1-12
- Devika Hovell, 'On Trust: The UN Security Council as Fiduciary' (2021) 62 (4) William & Mary Law Review 1229
- Susan Marks 'Three Liberty Trees'London Review of International Law (November 2019) 7 (3) pp.295–319
- Gerry Simpson 'OS Grid Ref. NM 68226 84912/OS Grid Ref. TQ 30052 80597' in Dan Joyce and Jesse Hohmann (eds.), International Law's Objects (Oxford: 2019)
- Gerry Simpson 'Imagination' in J. D’Aspremont and S. Singh, (eds.), Fundamental Concepts for International Law (Elgar, 2019)
- Floris de Witte 'Integrating the Subject: Narratives of Emancipation in Regionalism' (2019) EJIL 30 (1), 257-278
- Devika Hovell 'The Authority of Universal Jurisdiction' (2018) 29(2) European Journal of International Law 427
- Devika Hovell 'On Trust: The UN as Fiduciary (A Reply to Rosa Freedman)'LSE Law Working Paper Series 13/2018
- Martin Loughlin 'The misconceived search for global law'Transnational Legal Theory (2017) 8 (3) pp.353-359
- Dalia Palombo, 'L'affaire Mubende-Neumann devant le Comité des droits de l’homme' (with Edouard Fromageau), in Laurence Dubin (ed.), L'entreprise multinationale et le droit international, (2017, Pedone) pp. 363-379
- Gerry Simpson 'The Globalisation of International Law' in C. Reus-Smit and T. Dunne, Globalisation of International Society (eds.), (Oxford University Press, 2017)
- Devika Hovell The Power of Process: The Value of Due Process in Security Council Sanctions Decision-Making (Oxford University Press, 2016)
- Devika Hovell 'Due Process in the United Nations' American Journal of International Law (2016) 110 (1) pp.1-48. For a symposium on this article, including contributions by Alexandra Huneeus, Antonios Tzanakopoulos, Rosa Freedman and Joy Gordon, click here.
- Devika Hovell ‘Kadi: King-Slayer or King-Maker? The Shifting Allocation of Decision-making Power between the UN Security Council and Courts’ (2016) 79 (1) Modern Law Review pp.147-182
- Devika Hovell 'Glasnost in the Security Council: The Value of Transparency' Law Society and Economy Working Paper Series 15-2016 (2016)
- Jan Kleinheisterkamp 'Investment Protection in TTIP: Three Feasible Proposals' (with Lauge Poulsen), in European Yearbook of International Economic Law 2016 (Bungenberg et al eds, Springer 2016), pp. 527-541. [link to underlying policy paper]
- Andrew Lang and Susan Marks 'Even the dead will not be safe: international law and the struggle over tradition'. In: Werner, Wouter, de Hoon, Marieke and Galán, Alexis, (eds.) The Law of International Lawyers. Reading Martti Koskenniemi (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
- Gerry Simpson 'Juridical Investigations: Martin Wight as International Lawyer' in (Robert McCorquodale and Jean-Pierre Gauci eds.), British Approaches to International Law, 1915-2015, (Brill, 2016)
- Gerry Simpson 'Being Afraid of International Law' in R. Gaita and G. Simpson (eds.), Who’s Afraid of International Law ( Monash University Press, 2016)
- Gerry Simpson 'Something to Do with States' in A. Orford and F. Hoffman (eds.), Oxford Handbook of International Legal Theory, (Oxford University Press, 2016) 564-582.
- Gerry Simpson 'James Lorimer and the Character of Nations: A Twenty First Century Treatise' 27 (2) European Journal of International Law, (2016) 431-446
- Gerry Simpson 'The End of the End of History: Some Epitaphs for Liberalism', Baltic Yearbook of International Law, (2016) 332-343.
- Gerry Simpson 'Human Rights with a Vengeance: One Hundred Years of Retributive Humanitarianism', 33 Australian Yearbook of International Law (2016) 1-14.
- Emmanuel Voyiakis 'A Disaggregative View of Customary International Law-Making’ 29 LeidenJournal of International Law (2016) 365-388
- Thomas Poole 'The Constitution and Foreign Affairs' (2016) Current Legal Problems 69 (1) pp.143-174
- Thomas Poole 'A Very Successful Action? Keyu and Historical Wrongs at Common Law' (with Sangeeta Shah) UK Supreme Court Yearbook (2016) 7 Part 1
- Jan Kleinheisterkamp 'Investment treaty law and the fear for sovereignty: transnational challenges and solutions'Modern Law Review (2015) 78 (5) pp.793-825
- Andrew Lang 'The double movement of law and expertise' in Erin Hannah, James Scott, Silke Trommer (eds) Expert Knowedlge in Global Trade (Routledge: 2016)
- Andrew Lang 'New Legal Realism, Empiricism, and Scientism: The Relative Objectivity of Law and Social Science'Leiden Journal of International Law (2015), 28, pp. pp.231–254
- Andrew Lang 'Twenty years of the WTO Appellate Body’s “fragmentation jurisprudence”' Journal of International Trade Law and Policy (2015) 14 (3) pp.116-125
- Susan Marks 'The War against Cliché: Dispatches from the International Legal Front’ in Baetens and Chinkin (eds.) Sovereignty, Statehood and State Responsibility: Essays in Honour of James Crawford (Cambridge 2015) (with Karen Knop)
- Paul MacMahon 'The Inquest and the Virtues of Soft Adjudication'Yale Law and Policy Review, 2015
- Margot Salomon ‘How to Keep Promises: Making Sense of the Duty Among Multiple States to Fulfil Socio-Economic Rights in the World’SHARES Research Paper 53 (2014) [forthcoming in: André Nollkaemper and Dov Jacobs (eds.), Distribution of Responsibilities in International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)
- Gerry Simpson 'Roger Avant Garde' in For the Sake of Present and Future Generations (eds. Linton, Simpson, Schabas), Nijhoff, 2015)
- Gerry Simpson 'Crime, Structure, Harm' in S. Joidon (ed.) Sustainable Development, International Criminal Justice and Treaty Implementation, (Cambridge University Press (2013)
- Gerry Simpson 'Humanity, Law, Force' in H. Charlesworth and J. Farrall, (eds.), Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council, (Routledge, 2016) 72-86.
- Gerry Simpson 'The Sentimental Life of International Law'London Review of International Law (2015)
- Chris Thomas '"Globalising sovereignty"? Pettit's neo-republicanism, international law and international institutions'The Cambridge Law Journal (2015) 74 (3). pp. 568-591 (with Christopher Alexander)
- Jacco Bomhoff 'The Constitution of the Conflict of Laws' LSE Law Society and Economy Working Paper Series, 04-2014; published in Horatia Muir Watt & Diego Fernandez Arroyo (eds.), Private International Law and Global Governance (Oxford University Press, 2014)
- Jan Kleinheisterkamp 'Who is Afraid of Investor-State Arbitration? Or Comparative Law?'LSE Law: Policy Briefing Papers 4/2014
- Jan Kleinheisterkamp 'Financial Responsibility in European International Investment Policy' (2014) 63:2 International and Comparative Law Quarterly pp.449-476