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Jasmin Johurun Nessa

Postgraduate Research Student & Graduate Teaching Assistant

Liverpool Law School



Jasmin holds an LLB (hons) degree and an LLM degree in International Law, achieving a distinction in the dissertation component, from the University of Liverpool.

Jasmin is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has attained a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching Post Compulsory Education. She joined the School of Law as a PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in 2015.

Jasmin teaches on the Public Law I, Public Law II and Equity & Trusts modules at the Liverpool Law School. She is also a Writing@Liverpool Tutor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Liverpool.

Jasmin co-organised the 3rd Postgraduate Conference in International Law and Human Rights, ‘Hope in International Law and Human Rights’ in June 2019, which had speakers attending from sixteen different countries across four continents.

Jasmin acted as the National Organising Commission for the Telders International Law Moot Competition English National Pre-selection Round in 2017 (University of Liverpool) and 2019 (The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple).

Jasmin is the Co-General Editor of the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law’s Digest of State Practice, which collects and collates instances of state practice and legal opinions on the use of force and publishes them in the Digest every 6 months.


Jasmin’s doctoral research focuses on state practice to examine the evidentiary standard of self-defence in international law. Her doctoral research also analyses the role of the International Court of Justice in its contribution to the evidentiary standard of self-defence. Further, Jasmin explores the meaning of silence in state practice and its consequence on the development of the evidentiary standard of self-defence.

Jasmin’s research interests lie in the field of international peace and security and the use of force in international law.

Thesis title

The Evidentiary Standard of Self-defence in International Law.


Dr Robert Knox (Liverpool Law School) and Dr Michelle Farrell (Liverpool Law School).


Jasmin contributed, as a Middle East and North Africa Regional Coordinator, to the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law’s Digest of State Practice in the following publications:

Conference papers presented

  • ‘The ICJ and the Evidentiary Standards of Self-defence’ 3rd Biennale Hamburg Young Scholars' Workshop in International Law, Institute for International Affairs, University of Hamburg Faculty of Law, Germany, 20th-21st September 2019.

  • ‘Self-defence and Evidence: How Loud Does Silence Speak?’ 17th Doctoral Seminar 2018, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, 23rd-27th April 2018.

  • ‘The Evidentiary Standard of Self-defence in International Law’, The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crisis, European International Studies Association’s 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Barcelona, 13th-16th September 2017.

  • ‘US and UK Speech on the Use of Force: Analysing the Discourse’, Words of Violence: Discourses of Abuse in Conflict, Crisis and States of Emergency, University of Liverpool, 24th July 2017.