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

Litigating Corona? How Lawsuits Could Shape Post-Covid Decisions, and How States Should Respond to Them

22nd October 2020

This new research project within GCILS aims to identify, map, and analyse developments in litigation that are emerging in response to government measures taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The British Government is already facing legal challenges contesting the legality of the lockdown measures that it has taken in response to the ongoing global health crisis. Simon Dolan, CEO of Jota Aviation, has hired a legal team to mount an action for judicial review of the Government’s policies arguing that the lockdown in the UK was ‘both legally defective and disproportionate in law’.[i] While much of the ‘action’ and focus has been on actions by domestic actors, there is a need to understand the international law obligations of governments and to what extent measures are compliant with these. Governments may be restricted in their suite of potential measures by these international law obligations and may find some of their measures are vulnerable to challenge. Hogan Lovells, an American-British law firm, has produced a ‘global guide’ to ‘governmental, regulatory, and other legal responses’ to the coronavirus pandemic.[ii] The guide offers the firm’s clients an analysis of the legal issues arising with government restrictions and their ‘impacts…

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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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