Guest Speaker Series

2020/21 guest speakers

ILHRU Military Assistance poster

Tuesday 8 December 2020

Military assistance on request and general reasons against force: consent as a defence to the prohibition of force

Dr Federica Paddeu (University of Cambridge)

Online event, 11am

Dr Federica Paddeuis the Derek BowettFellow in Law at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the LauterpachtCentre for International Law. She holds a law degree from Universidad CatolicaAndres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, and an LLM and PhD in international law from Cambridge. She has written on diverse aspects of the use of force, investment law and State responsibility. Her monograph, Justification and Excuse in International Law was published by CUP in 2018 and a co-edited book on Exceptions in International Law was published by OUP earlier this year.

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Tuesday 10 November 2020

Reflections on the ‘Trump doctrine’: The US election, US foreign policy and the jus ad bellum

This webinar uses the opportunity of the US general election on 3rd November to reflect critically on the relationship between the Trump Presidency (in retrospect or at the half-way point), international law generally, and the jus ad bellum in particular. Speakers will address the topic from a variety of perspectives.

Chair: Dr Ben Murphy, Lecturer in Law and Deputy Director of the International Law and Human Rights Research Unit, University of Liverpool.

Danielle Rae Reeder, Doctoral Researcher, University of Liverpool.
The Trump Presidency in Reflection: Jus Ad Bellum, Peace, Security and the Rules-Based Order

Katie Johnston, DPhil (PhD), University of Oxford.
The Trump Administration’s Justifications for the Use of Force

Dr Luca Ferro, postdoctoral researcher at the Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute (GRILI) of Ghent University (Belgium).
Trump v. Soleimani: The Role of International Lawyers in Constraining Bellicose Governments

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Dr Vassilis Tzevelekos, Dr Aurel Sari, Prof Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Dr Isabella Risini, Dr Jane Rooney and Andrew Forde

Wednesday 21 October 2020

The Role of the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe in Armed Conflicts 

Guest seminar

Hundreds of applications land at the European Court of Human Rights during and in the aftermath of military confrontations between the member states and as a result of military operations of the member states overseas. This webinar will consider if the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe can do anything to prevent human rights violations before, during and after military interventions.


Dr Vassilis Tzevelekos (University of Liverpool)


Dr Aurel Sari (University of Exeter) Overreach: Should the ECHR apply to the Battlefield?
Prof Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou (University of Liverpool) Why Are the Court’s Interim Measures During Armed Conflicts Controversial?
Dr Isabella Risini (Ruhr-University Bochum) The strengths and limitations of inter-State proceedings under the ECHR in cases related to military confrontation.
Dr Jane Rooney (University of Durham) Hanan v Germany: A Re-Evaluation of Extraterritorial Airstrikes at the European Court of Human Rights?
Andrew Forde (NUI Galway) In Pursuit of Effectiveness: The Role of the ECHR System in Contested Territories

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Prof Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou is a professor of human rights law at The University of Liverpool and the Director of International Law and Human Rights Unit. He is an expert in the European Convention on Human Rights and adjudication of international justice. He is a co-editor-in-chief of the European Convention on Human Rights Law Review.

Andrew Forde is a final stage doctoral researcher at the Irish Centre for Human Rights focussed on The Application of the ECHR in European Contested Territories/“Grey Zones”. Andrew spent more than 12 years working with the Council of Europe and the OSCE primarily in post-conflict regions in south eastern Europe and the south Caucasus, and amongst other roles he has worked as a Human Rights Advisor to the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights and Political Advisor to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Dr Isabella Risini, LL.M. is a senior research associate at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. She is an invited expert to the CDDH on the ongoing reflection process of the inter-State application under the ECHR. Her book on inter-State applications under the ECHR was published in 2018.

Dr Jane M Rooney is Assistant Professor in International Law at Durham Law School. She researches the intersections between international, human rights, and public law, in extraterritorial adjudication. Her most recent publication is 'Crown Act of State and Detention in Afghanistan' (2020) 71(2) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 109-133.

Dr Aurel Sari is an Associate Professor of Public International Law at the University of Exeter and the Director of the Exeter Centre for International Law. His work focuses primarily on international conflict and security law and the law relating to military operations.

Dr Vassilis P. Tzevelekos is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice. He is specialising in public international law and Human Rights, with a focus on the ECHR. He has published extensively in these areas and he is one of the two chief editors of the European Convention on Human Rights Law Review.