The Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security is a world-leading hub for cutting-edge research in international law and security. As a group of circa 30 Glasgow-based academics and doctoral researchers, we seek to contribute to a better understanding of major challenges facing the international legal community. In addition to our focus on the clarification of international law and the solution of practical legal challenges, our research encompasses theoretical, comparative, and historical perspectives. Drawing on recognised expertise in international law, we are regularly engaged in interdisciplinary research, notably within the Glasgow Human Rights Network, the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network, and the Global Security Network. Our research centres around ten specialist areas, covering a broad range of topics relating to issues of international law and security.

Specialist Areas

Armed conflicts, forced displacement and humanitarian assistance

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Collective security, the use of force, and self-defence

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Conflict prevention, peace-making and peacebuilding

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Global and transnational security law

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History and theory of international law

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Human rights law

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International and transnational criminal law

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International courts and tribunals

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International economic law

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Investment arbitration and protection of foreign investment

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New technologies

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The law of international development

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Recent Projects

Endless Conflicts

15th April 2020

Professor Robin Geiß (PI), Dr Giedre Jokubauskaite (Co-I) and Dr Asli Ozcelik Olcay (Co-I) have received a prestigious research grant (£315,960) from the AHRC/DFG Funding Initiative in the Humanities in support of their project “The Law of Protracted Armed Conflict: Overcoming the Humanitarian-Development Divide”. In collaboration with Professor Heike Krieger and Dr Andreas Buser from Freie Universität Berlin, they will research the humanitarian-development nexus in the context of protracted armed conflicts. The project promises to make fundamental advances towards the operationalisation of the humanitarian-development nexus in the pursuit of sustainable peace, by examining how an integrated and sustainable humanitarian and development response can be anchored in and promoted by international law.  This project has also its own website: www.endlessconflicts.org   The Law of Protracted Conflict: Bridging the Humanitarian-Development Divide Contemporary armed conflicts have become protracted, complex and urbanised with far-reaching socio-economic consequences, such as severe damage to infrastructure, disruption of services, and protracted displacement.  The dire socio-economic dimensions of protracted conflicts, as well as the link…

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ReVisions Seminar Series

1st February 2020

The ReVisions Seminar Series invites scholars to share their current research on international law.  The process of revision provokes a re-interpretation of the record of international law and seeks to rethink and re-define the central questions that we should ask about, of, and for international law. At the centre of this exercise lies the recognition of the importance of perspective, both in its temporal and spatial orientations: revisioning from a situated perspective entails a critique of the familiar ‘god trick’ of objectivity (Donna Haraway); revisioning from a temporal perspective that looks both backwards and forward opens the possibility of displacing the uniformity of received memory with a multiplicity of knowledges that otherwise would be rendered silent and invisible.   Given the worldmaking forces highlighted by Nelson Goodman, in particular that “we dismiss as illusory or negligible what cannot be fitted into the architecture of the world we are building”, we call attention to the politics of legal architecture, its present construction and its potentialities, and the politics of ‘we’ in re-imagining different built worlds of law. The inaugural 2017/18 series included topics ranging over disasters, the relationship between international law and ethnicity,…

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‘The Hope of Ages is in the Process of Realization’: Establishing a World Court, 1920-1922

1st January 2020

During 1920-1922, experts and diplomats established the Permanent Court of International Justice (PCIJ), located in The Hague. This was no mean feat: for centuries, activists and lawyers had argued that a ‘world court’ would be a guardian of peace. The League of Nations’ Secretary-General, Sir Eric Drummond (a British diplomat of Scottish ancestry) counted the PCIJ’s opening among the most ‘distinguished marks in the progress of mankind’; James Brown Scott asserted that ‘the hope of ages is in the process of realization’. Image of the PCIJ in action. Source: https://www.icj-cij.org/en/pcij A century onwards, as global and European courts face sustained opposition, such statements may seem naïve, and yet the idealism of the early 1920s continues to inspire. It is one of the drivers towards the much-proclaimed ‘historical turn’ in international legal scholarship (and of the parallel ‘normative turn’ in historical research). Building on such ‘turns’, this project interrogates a particular significant moment in the development of international law, namely the debates leading up to the PCIJ’s establishment. The project seeks to test assumptions about the establishment of the PCIJ in the early 1920s, and about the factors that affect the success and failure of…

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