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Alexander Gilder

Alexander Gilder

Alexander’s thesis focuses on the practice of the UN in the implementation of the concept of human security

PhD Title: Establishing Human Security: The UN’s interpretation and implementation of human security in the UNDPKO and UNHCR.

Supervisors: Dr Ioannis Kalpouzos and Dr Mauro Barelli



Alex’s thesis investigates the UN’s implementation of the human security concept, as espoused by the UNDP’s 1994 Human Development Report and the Commission on Human Security’s 2003 Human Security Now Report. Alex will be using the UNDPKO and the UNHCR as case studies after determining which interpretation of human security is most suitable for the UN and for the protection of civilians under international law.

Alex is a recipient of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship from The City Law School to undertake his research. He received his LLB from the University of Lincoln with First Class Honours and his LLM in Public International Law, with a specialisation in International Human Rights Law, from Utrecht University which he achieved cum laude. During his LLM, Alex was a finalist in the 2016 Frits Kalshoven Mooting Competition on International Humanitarian Law hosted by the Netherlands and Flanders Red Cross and co-authored a research paper for the Public Interest Litigation Project of the Nederlands Juristen Comité voor de Mensenrechten (NJCM).

Alex was awarded a merit-based scholarship to attend the 2017 Summer Course on Public International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law.

Alex is currently an Executive Editor for the Utrecht Journal of International and European Law (Ubiquity Press).


  • ‘Bringing occupation into the 21st century: The effective implementation of occupation by proxy’ (2017) Utrecht Law Review 13(1) 60-81.
  • Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity - Has it been breached?’ (2015) Legal Issues Journal 3(2) 23-40.

Conference attendance & contributions

  • ‘Human security: a saviour or ineffectual effort in the international legal order?’, Law in Times of Crisis, Woolf College, University of Kent, 18-19th March 2017 (speaker).
  • 'Human Security & International (Human Rights) Law: To what extent has UNMIK/KFOR advanced human security?’, Challenges of Europe: Building and Promoting Human Security, Inter University Centre Dubrovnik, 18-22nd April 2016 (speaker).
  • International Criminal Court Summer School, National University of Ireland, Galway, 15-19th June 2015 (attendee).


  • Alex has lectured and led tutorials in Criminal Law (LLB1) since 2016.
  • As a Visiting Lecturer, Alex has undertaken duties on other modules such as Legal Method (LLB1) and Justice, Law & History (LLB3).

Research Interests

  • Public International Law
  • Human Security
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Refugee Law


  • International Law Association (Student Associate)
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Society of Legal Scholars

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