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Public International Law


The British Institute of International and Comparative Law has a vibrant and extensive programme of activities in the field of public international law, including research, events and publications. The areas covered include international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law.

Over the years, the research projects relating to public international law have been extremely varied. Projects may be defined by a geographical context, such as the Council of Europe or the Commonwealth, or by specific subject matter, such as law of the sea. Research has been commissioned or funded by a number of institutions including the European Commission, the Ministry of Justice, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Leverhulme Trust, the AHRC, and the British Red Cross. For more details on our current research programme, please consult our Public International Law Research page.

The Institute organises conferences, seminars, workshops and short courses on topics of interest in public international law, providing a forum for a wide range of individuals, including practitioners, academics and government officials. Information on upcoming and past events can be accessed on our Events pages.

The Institute benefits from an in-house publications department which welcomes book proposals in the field of public international law. For more information, please visit our Publications page. The Institute sometimes edits and publishes the papers presented at its larger conferences. Besides books, the Institute produces the International and Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ), a leading journal which regularly devotes space to public international law matters.


Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law: Kristin Hausler

Associate Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights: Lise Smit

Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law: Jean-Pierre Gauci

Arthur Watts Research Fellow on the International Law of Territorial Disputes: Constantinos Yiallourides

For more information, please consult our Staff pages.

The public international law programme is guided by the Public International Law Advisory Panel, comprising prominent academics, practitioners and government officials.

Chair: Chanaka Wickremasinghe

Members: Dapo Akande, David H. Anderson CMG, Professor Eyal Benvenisti, Sir Frank Berman KCMG QC, Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG QC, Michelle Burgis, Shehzad Charania, Professor James Crawford SC, Tim Eicke, Professor Malcolm Forster, Jessica Gladstone, Vaughan Lowe QC, Iain Macleod, Alistair McGlone, Maurice Mendelson QC, Thérèse O'Donnell, Professor Roger O'Keefe, Kate Parlett, Catherine Redgwell, Amy Sander, Antonios Tzanakopoulos, Robert Volterra, Philippa Webb, Ralph Wilde, Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG, Sir Michael Wood KCMG, and Sam Wordsworth QC.

For any further information regarding our advisory board, please contact Kristin Hausler.

Our team is also supported by a pool of enthusiastic and dedicated research assistants and voluntary researchers from all around the world. If you are interested in joining the team, please see our opportunities page.


The Institute is very grateful for the generous support of:

  • the donors to the Watts Fellowship appeal and, in particular, to Allan Myers AO QC of Melbourne, whose support has enabled the appointment of the first Arthur Watts Fellow;
  • the Dorset Foundation for its continued support of the Dorset Fellow;
  • Temple Garden Chambers for its sponsorship of the International Adjudication seminar series; and
  • Volterra Fietta for its sponsorship of the Arthur Watts seminar series.

The Public International Law programme often seeks sponsorship for research projects and events. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristin Hausler.