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Henry Lovat joined the School of Law in 2017 as a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow.
He was formerly a legal adviser with the UK Government and British Business Bank, prior to which he was in private practice as an English-qualified solicitor and worked with UNHCR in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Henry has also worked as an international legal consultant on human rights issues with the Council of Europe, with UNRWA in Jerusalem, and with a range of UK and international NGOs.

Henry is Co-Director of the Glasgow Global Security Network, Secretary of the International Law Working Group of the British International Studies Association, and is a member of the Law Society of Scotland Trade Policy Working Group. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of CCJO Rene Cassin.

Henry holds degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (PhD International Relations), University of Toronto (LLM), McGill University (MA Political Science), and the University of Manchester (BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics).


International Adjudication and Its Discontents: A Pluralist Approach to International Tribunal Backlash

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International tribunal backlash remains poorly understood: hampered by conceptual challenges, systematic research into the causes of this phenomenon remains nascent. The present article makes two contributions to advancing this endeavour. First, building on existing literature, it sets out a working definition of international tribunal backlash, tailored to facilitate mixed method empirical research into the causes of backlash across institutions and sectors. Second, drawing on international relations’ pluralist turn, the article provides an analytically eclectic theoretical scaffold for causal analysis of international tribunal backlash, enabling standardised cross-institutional and sectoral comparison without over-simplifying the complexity of backlash in various instances. The article accordingly provides the building blocks for improved understanding of the causes of – and the potential scope to manage – international tribunal backlash across institutions, regions and sectors.

Israel Law Review 53(3) 2020, pp 301–333. © The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press in association with The Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. doi:10.1017/S0021223720000138

Negotiating Civil War: the Politics of International Regime Design

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Civil war has been a fact of political life throughout recorded history. However, unlike inter-state wars, international law has not traditionally regulated such conflicts. How then can we explain the post-1945 emergence and evolution of international treaty rules regulating the conduct of internal armed conflict: the 'Civil War Regime'? Negotiating Civil War combines insights derived from Realist, Rationalist, Liberal, and Constructivist approaches to International Relations to answer this question, revisiting the negotiation of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, the 1977 Additional Protocols, and the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. This study provides a rigorous, critical account of the making of the Civil War Regime. Sophisticated and persuasive, it illustrates the complex interplay of material, ideational, social, and strategic factors in shaping these rules with important lessons for the making and unmaking of international law in a rapidly shifting international political, economic, and security environment.

Forthcoming, online 2020; in print 2021.

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