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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 UN peacekeeping operations.

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. In a case study of the UNDPKO it will be determined if human security is being realised by the UN and if not what steps can be taken to utilise human security methods to protect civilians. The thesis aims to broadly answer the question of what role human security could assume in public international law interpretation and practice?

Alex is a recipient of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship from The City Law School to undertake his research. He received his LLB (Hons) (First Class) from the University of Lincoln and his LLM (cum laude) in Public International Law, with a specialisation in International Human Rights Law, from Utrecht University. 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.

Currently, Alex is the Editorial Assistant for the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (Routledge) and previously sat on the Editorial Board of the Utrecht Journal of International and European Law (Ubiquity Press) from 2015-2017.


  • ‘Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, Human Security and Human Rights under International Law: The Protections Offered to Persons Confronting Structural Vulnerability’ (2017) J Conflict Security Law 22(3) forthcoming (Book Review).
  • ‘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

  • ‘The human security lens: A response to the 21st century challenges faced by international law’, The Revolution of Law, University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Law Conference, 20th October 2017 (speaker).
  • The Hague Academy of International Law, Summer Course on Public International Law, 10-28th July 2017 (attendee).
  • ‘Advancing the human security narrative as a global value of public international law’, Contemporary International Law Issues in Context, Canterbury Christ Church University, 20-21st June 2017 (speaker).
  • ‘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


  • Higher Education Academy (Associate Fellow)
  • International Law Association (Student Associate)
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Society of Legal Scholars