Dr Joanna L D Wilson MA(Hons) LLM RETAF PhD

Thesis Title: AI, War & (In)Humanity: Ancient Freedoms v Modern Dangers

After graduating from the University of St Andrews with a First Class MA(Hons) in International Relations, Joanna first joined the University of Glasgow in 2014 as an LLM student in International Law and Security, for which she was awarded the Prize for Most Outstanding Student.

Following her internship at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) in London, Joanna later returned to Glasgow for her PhD, under the supervision of Robin Geiss, Christian Tams and Lea Raible. During this period, she was also the Research and Teaching Associate (RTA) in International Law, Conflict and Security, in which capacity she was instrumental in the development and delivery of the Glasgow International Law Working Group, the Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Practice Clinic and the Erasmus Mundus ILGSPD programme. In addition to a busy and diverse teaching schedule, Joanna also coached two successful Glasgow teams to the international finals of the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition, and played a key role in Glasgow’s successful hosting of European Society of International Law Research Forum. She was also elected as Chair of the British International Studies Association Postgraduate Network, and holds an Associate Fellowship of Recognising Excellence in Teaching. Finally, alongside fellow RTAs, Felicity Belton and Donald Buglass, Joanna initiated the first ever Glasgow Law Postgraduate Conference, which went on to be an annual highlight in the School of Law Calendar.

Upon completion of her PhD thesis in April 2023, Joanna was offered a permanent Lectureship in Law at the University of the West of Scotland, where she teaches a wide range of subjects, from Public International Law to Legal Research Methods to Scots Family Law, and supervises multiple Honours dissertations on a variety of topics. Joanna is also Deputy Director of the Law for Social Change Research Group, Honours Year Lead, and coaches the UWS mooting team.

Joanna was delighted to return to Glasgow on Monday 4th December to celebrate her graduation with so many dear friends, former students and colleagues.

Research interests include: Critical Approaches to International Law; International Humanitarian Law; Peace and Conflict Studies; Children’s Rights; Legal Education; Artificial Intelligence.

Research outputs include:

“Law and Morality of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems.” Jus Cogens International Law Podcast, (March 2022)

“AI at War.” Strategy and Security Society Special Lectures Series, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, (June 2020)

“LAWS, Laws, and the Barriers of Entry to War.” International law in times of transformation, Centre for Global Constitutionalism, University of St. Andrews, (November 2019)

“US Foreign Policy on Autonomous Weapons.” America First, Multilateralism and Human Rights, University of Dundee Politics and International Relations Department, (June 2019)

“Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems: The End of Humanity International Humanitarian Law?” Robophilosophy/TRANSOR 2018, Vienna, (February 2018)