International Law and Affairs Group (ILAG)
Seeking to combine insights from both International Law and International Relations scholarship, the International Law and Affairs Group (ILAG) provides a forum for research and discussion for those interested in issues of public international law, broadly defined, at The City Law School.
These include the areas of international human rights, international economic law, and international criminal law. Reflecting its interdisciplinary approach to the study of the subject, the group also collaborates with a number of academics from the Department of International Politics at City, University London.
We combine the research expertise and educational excellence of ILAG members to develop thorough and specialised educational courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
We offer a wide range of elective models available to LLB students and Graduate Entry LLB (GELLB) students. These include Public International Law, Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, International Economic Law and International Commercial Arbitration. We also run an intensive and specialised LLM programme in Public International Law, using small-group teaching and providing modules in different fields.
Co-convenor - Tawhida Ahmed is a Senior Lecturer in Law at The City Law School. Her research interests are in EU law and human rights, specializing in minority rights protection.
Grietje Baars is a Lecturer in Law at The City Law School. Her interests revolve around the role of capital, and the corporation, in global governance, as well as the nature and effects of corporate power in global society, as exemplified by the study of regulation and resistance in the global supply chain.
Dr Barelli is a Senior Lecturer in Law at The City Law School. His interests lie in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of minority groups' rights, the right to self-determination, and global justice. He has written extensively on the question of indigenous peoples' rights in international law. Dr Barelli is an associate of the UK Network on Minority and Group Rights, a collaborative project among scholars based primarily in the UK which organises conferences, roundtables and publications on topical issues surrounding the rights of minority groups.
Professor David Collins is a Professor in Law at The City Law School. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation at Maastricht University, a Visiting Professor at Esade Law School and a Current Development Editor for the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law of Georgetown University and at Columbia University Law School as well as a number of other academic institutions.
Dr Davies is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Politics. His researches focuses on international non-governmental organizations, global civil society and transnational history. He runs the Project on the Evolution of International Non-Governmental Organizations.
Dr Carmen Draghici is Senior Lecturer in Law at The City Law School. Her research interests concern the practice of the European Court of Human Rights, domestic, EU and UN counter-terrorism regimes, and the responsibility of States and international organisations for breaches of human rights and humanitarian law. She has authored several scholarly articles and chapters published in UK, US and European journals and edited collections. Her current projects include developments in the international guarantees for the protection of the family life of cohabitees, same-sex couples and transgender persons.
Sandhya Drew is a Lecturer in the Bar Professional Training Course at The City Law School. She has a long history of practicing in national and international employment and public law and is a CEDR Qualified Mediator specialising in workplace and sports disputes.
Dr Ioannis Kalpouzos is Lecturer in Law at The City Law School. His research focuses on the areas of the Law of Armed Conflict and International Criminal Law but also includes various aspects of General Public International Law.
Co-convenor - Dr Mazen Masri is Lecturer in Law at The City Law School. His research focuses on the interaction between law and broader social, political and economic questions, in particular the legal aspects of the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Dr Jed Odermatt is a Lecturer at the City Law School, City, University of London.Dr Odermatt’s research interests include public international law, the law of international organizations, and EU external relations law.
Katherine Reece Thomas is Reader in Law at The City Law School. Her research interests include public international law and company law. She is an expert on the law of state immunity.
Dan Wilsher is a Senior Lecturer in Law at The City Law School. Dan was a member of the Law Society Panel on immigration law and has conducted important cases in this field up to Court of Appeal level. He researches in the fields of public, competition, energy, EU and immigration law. Daniel's book on detention of immigrants, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2011, will be the first study of this important issue. He is currently engaged in a project looking at the interaction of competition and climate policies in European Law.
Andrew Wolman joined City Law School as a Lecturer in Law in September 2018. Dr Wolman’s research is focused on the development of refugee law and policy in East Asia, the international response to North Korean human rights violations, and the right to leave in the context of irregular migration.
Nora joined The City Law School as Lecturer in Law in 2016. She teaches Tort Law (LLB) and convenes Gender, Sexuality and Law and Law, Rights and Context (LLB). She is also the Postgraduate Assessments Officer. Nora's research interests lie primarily in the field of gender and law, particularly feminist and socio-legal approaches to public international law, refugee law and human rights law. Her PhD project "(Mis) Understanding Forced Marriages: International Law, Rights and Their Limits in Asylum Seeker Women's Cases" was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Affiliated Research Students
Annabel is undertaking research for her thesis titled "The suitability of interests-based and values-based approaches to FPIC consultation".
Pinar is undertaking research for her thesis titled "The detention of undocumented children in the UK and Turkey as an immigration policy: Problems and Alternatives".
Julie is undertaking research for her thesis titled "The role of victim participation and reparations in international criminal law to align the goals of peace and justice".
Anna is undertaking research for her thesis titled "Is the law of armed conflict (LOAC) out of step with unmanned weapons technologies?"
Alexander’s thesis will uncover whether UN peace operations pursue human security under their mandates.
Chijioke is a student affiliated with the International Law and Affairs Group
Andrea Pelliconi is a PhD researcher at City, University of London. Her research focuses on violations of human rights caused by demographic engineering and forced migration. She is also specialized in refugee law and asylum.
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A Tale of Two Duties: Comparing the scope and effectiveness of UK and French National Law on Supply Chains and Fundamental Rights
4 December, 2019
Speakers: Professeur Sarah Bros, Ms Sandhya Drew
30 October, 2019
Speakers: Sir Geoffrey Nice, QC
16 July, 2019
Speakers: François Delerue, Research Fellow in cyberdefense and international law at the Institute for Strategic Research (Insitut de Recherche Stratégique de l’École Militaire– IRSEM) Paris ‘How International law applies to Cyberspace’ (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press), Russell Buchan, Senior Lecturer in International Law, University of Sheffield , Elaine Fahey, City Law School, Robin Sellers, Barrister, Senior Lecturer and External CPD Consultant, City Law School
3 July, 2019
Speakers: Lauri Mälksoo, University of Tartu, Estonia , Wim Muller, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, Mauro Barelli, City Law School, Matthieu Burnay, Queen Mary, University of London, Elizabeth O’Loughlin, City Law School (discussant)
18 June, 2019
The Corporation, Law and Capitalism: A Radical Perspective on the Role of Law in the Global Political Economy
16th May 2019
Speakers: Professor Susan Marks, Professor of International Law, Department of Law, LSE; Professor Dan Danielsen, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Program on the Corporation, Law and Global Society, School of Law, Northeastern University; Dr Emily Jones, Lecturer, School of Law, University of Essex And the author; Dr Grietje Baars, Senior Lecturer, The City Law School, City, University of London.
10th April 2019
Guest Speaker: Dr Diego Acosta Arcarazo, University of Bristol
13th March 2019
Guest Speaker: Maya Lester QC, Brick Court Chambers
6th February 2019
Guest Speakers: Antonia Benfield - Doughty Street Chambers, Megan Goulding - Liberty, Keina Yoshida - Doughty Street Chambers and Basmah Sahib - Bindmans LLP
27th February 2019
Speaker: Prof Mikael Rask Madsen, Director, Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts)
Find out about our past seminars.
Below is a selection of publications released by group members:
- Ioannis Kalpouzos and I. Mann, Banal Crimes Against Humanity: The Case of Asylum Seekers in Greece. Melbourne Journal of International Law, 16(1), 1-28.
- Ioannis Kalpouzos, 'International Law and the Classification of Conflicts' (2013) Leiden Journal of International Law, 26(3), 767-772
- Mazen Masri, 'Love Suspended: Demography, Comparative Law, and Palestinian Couples in the Israeli Supreme Court' (2013) Social and Legal Studies: An International Journal, 22(3), 309-334.
- Mazen Masri, 'The Implications of the Acquisition of a New Nationality for the Right of Return of Palestinian Refugees' (2015) Asian Journal of International Law, 5(2), 356-386.
- Mazen Masri, 'The Two-State Model and Israeli Constitutionalism: Impact on the Palestinian Citizens of Israel' (2015) Journal of Palestine Studies, 44(4), 7-20.
- Tawhida Ahmed, The Impact of EU Law on Minority Rights (Hart Publishing, 2011)
- Tawhida Ahmed, 'The EU, Counter-Terrorism and the Protection of Muslims as European Minorities' (2011) International Community Law Review, 13(4), 437-459.
- Tawhida Ahmed, 'The Treaty of Lisbon and Beyond: the Evolution of European Union Minority Protection?' (2013) European Law Review, 38(1), 30-51.
- Grietje Baars, 'The Making of an International Criminal Law' in C Schwöbel (ed), Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law: An Introduction (Routledge forthcoming 2014)
- Mauro Barelli, 'The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: a Human Rights Framework for Intellectual Property Rights' in M Rimmer (ed), Indigenous Intellectual Property: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2014)
- Mauro Barelli, 'Free, Prior and Informed Consent in the Aftermath of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Rights: Developments and Challenges Ahead' (2012) 16 International Journal of Human Rights 1-24
- Mauro Barelli, 'Shaping Indigenous Self-Determination: Promising or Unsatisfactory Solutions?' (2011) 4 International Community Law Review 413-436
- Mauro Barelli, 'The Interplay between Global and Regional Human Rights Systems in the Construction of the Indigenous Rights Regime' (2010) 32 Human Rights Quarterly 951-979
- Carmen Draghici, 'Prohibición de la esclavitud y del trabajo forzoso' in C Zanghì and F Salvioli (eds), Jurisprudencia regional comparada de derechos humanos. El Tribunal europeo y la Corte interamericana, Tirant Lo Blanch, 2013, 277-308
- Carmen Draghici, 'The Human-Rights Compliance of UK Anti-Terrorism Legislation in the Light of Domestic and International Case Law" in G Guarino and I D'Anna (eds), International Institutions and Cooperation: Terrorism, Migrations, Asylum (Satura 2012) 674-714
- Carmen Draghici, The Development of Self-Contained Regimes as an Obstacle to UN Global Governance' in M Happold (ed), International Law in a Multipolar World (Routledge 2011) 283-302
- David Collins, The BRIC States and Outward Foreign Direct Investment (Oxford University Press, 2013)
- David Collins, "National Treatment in Emerging Market Investment Treaties" in The National Treatment Principle in a EU and International Context (Edward Elgar, 2014) [forthcoming]
- David Collins, "Canada's Sub Central Government Entities and the Agreement on Government Procurement: Past and Present" in S Arrowsmith and R Anderson (eds) The WTO Regime on Government Procurement: Challenge and Reform (Cambridge University Press, 2011) 175-196
- David Collins, "The Chaos Machine: The WTO in a Social Entropy Model of The World Trading System" (2014) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies [forthcoming]
- David Collins, "Alternative Dispute Settlement for Stakeholders in International Investment Law" (2012) 15:2 Journal of International Economic Law 673-700
- David Collins, "Applying the Full Protection and Security Standard of International Investment Law to Digital Assets" (2011) 12:2 Journal of World Investment and Trade 225-243
- David Collins, "Environmental Impact Statements and Public Participation in International Investment Law" (2010) 7:2 Manchester Journal of International Economic Law 4-23
- David Collins, "A New Role for the WTO in International Investment Law: Public Interest in the Post Neoliberal Period" (2010) 25:1 Connecticut Journal of International Law 1-35
- Dan Wilsher, Immigration Detention: Law, History, Politics (2011) Cambridge University Press
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