International Law and Human Rights Unit

The International Law and Human Rights Unit provides a hub for researchers in the broad areas of international law and human rights.

The research expertise and interests of the Unit members is wide-ranging but we coalesce around a number of themes:

  • Conflict, Post-Conflict and Security
  • International Courts and Tribunals
  • Law of the Global Economy                                                                                                                              
  • Migration
  • Minority Protection, Self-Determination and Natural Resources
  • Theory and Politics of Rights


The Unit has developed a national and international reputation through the research outputs and activities of its members.

Individual members of the Unit have interests in minority or indigenous rights in international law, human rights and discrimination law, transitional justice, law and religion in the UK and ECHR, international and European refugee and asylum law, and the prohibition of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, to name but a few. Members of the Unit have interests and publish in the fields of international criminal law, international law governing the use of force and armed conflict, and global constitutionalism and global governance, as well as international economic and investment law.


In addition, the Unit plays a prominent part in the delivery of the Liverpool Law School’s specialist LL.M. degrees as well as specialist research modules  at undergraduate level.

PhD Supervision

Members of the Unit also have extensive experience in the supervision of students undertaking research for a postgraduate research degree (LL.M. by Research, M.Phil. and Ph.D). Currently the Unit has research students working in various areas of human rights and international law more generally. Supervision is available across theoretical and practical aspects of international and human rights law.


The Unit’s activities include a Guest Speaker series, a Current Affairs Forum that addresses contemporary controversies in the news,  and the annual trip to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. In addition, the Unit hosts a number of ongoing projects including an interdisciplinary project on Human Rights in the Media and a project on International Commissions of Inquiry.

Keep up to date with the activities of the International Law and Human Rights Unit on twitter: @livuni_ILHRU.

News and Events

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