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Dr Philippa Webb

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Dr Philippa Webb specialises in Public International Law, having joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in September 2012 after a decade in international legal practice. She was previously visiting Assistant Professor in the Advanced LLM Programme at Leiden University (2009-2011). She is Visiting Professor at Université Paris X Nanterre (2013-14) and at ESADE Law School (2014, as part of their programme at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies). She is an Adjunct Professor of Law on Pepperdine University’s London program (2014-15).

Dr Webb holds a doctorate (JSD) and an LLM from Yale Law School. She obtained the University Medal in her LLB and the University Medal and First Class Honours in her BA (Asian Studies), both of which were awarded by the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Dr Webb has extensive experience in international courts and tribunals. She served as the Special Assistant and Legal Officer to Judge Rosalyn Higgins during her Presidency of the International Court of Justice (2006-2009) and, prior to that, as the Judicial Clerk to Judges Higgins and Owada (2004-2005). She was the Associate Legal Adviser to Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo at the International Criminal Court (2005-2006).

She is on the International Advisory Panel for the American Law Institute’s project Restatement Fourth, Foreign Relations Law of the United States. Dr Webb has served as legal advisor to the Inquiry launched by United Nations human rights rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC into the use of drones in counter-terrorism operations.

Dr Webb has worked at the UN Secretariat in New York and in the Sydney and Tokyo offices of an international law firm. She speaks French and Japanese. Dr Webb is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Law. 

Research interests and PhD supervision

Dr Webb’s research interests are in public international law, including international dispute settlement, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and the law of international organisations. She is also very interested in the immunities of States, their officials and international organisations.  On the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Genocide Convention in 2008, she published, together with Hirad Abtahi, the complete travaux préparatoires. In 2012, she was the co-editor, with Professor Claus Kress, of the tenth anniversary issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice.  She is co-chair of the journal’s Editorial Committee.  She was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Leiden Journal of International Law in 2014.

A monograph based on her doctoral thesis, International Judicial Integration and Fragmentation, was published in May 2013 by Oxford University Press. She co-authored with Lady Hazel Fox QC the third edition of The Law of State Immunity (Oxford University Press, 2013).

She is currently working on research projects related to the legal practice of the United Nations and the law of State immunity, and the right to a fair trial. She is the recipient of a 2013 KPI Policy Impact Grant on Effective Parliamentary Oversight of Human Rights.

PhD Supervision

  • Dalia Marek (first supervisor)
  • Pelin Ekmen (first supervisor)
  • Tomas Hamilton (joint supervisor)
  • Kirsten Roberts (second supervisor)
  • Nikolas Voulgaris (second supervisor)
  • Suzanne Granfar (second supervisor)
Selected publications


  • Deadlock or Restraint? The Security Council Veto and the Use of Force in Syria, Journal of Conflict and Security Law (2014)
  • Should the 2004 UN Convention on State Immunity be a model/starting point for a convention on the immunities of international organizations? International Organizations Law Review (2014)
  • Special Issue on the Crime of Aggression: Tenth Anniversary Edition (March 2012) 10 Journal of International Criminal Justice 1 (edited with Claus Kress)
  • ‘Expanding Jurisdiction over War Crimes under Article 8 of the ICC Statute’ (2010) 8 Journal of International Criminal Justice 1219 (with Amal Alamuddin)
  • ‘Accountability for Torture Abroad and the Limits of the Act of State Doctrine: Comments on Habib v. Commonwealth of Australia’ (2010) 8 Journal of International Criminal Justice 1153 (with Ben Batros)

Book chapters

  • ‘Individual Criminal Responsibility’ in Amal Alamuddin, Nidal Nabil Jurdi and David Tolbert (eds), The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice (OUP 2014) Chapter 6
  • ‘International Organisations: Uneasy Analogies’ in Christian Tams, Antonios Tzanakopoulos and Andreas Zimmermann (eds), Research Handbook on the Law of Treaties (Edward Elgar 2013)
  • ‘Human Rights and the Immunities of State Officials’ in Erika de Wet and Jure Vidmar (eds), Norm Conflicts and Hierarchy in Public International Law: The Place of Human Rights (OUP 2012)
  • ‘Immunities and Human Rights: Dissecting the Dialogue in National and International Courts’ in Andre Nollkaemper and Ole Fauchald (eds), The Practice of International and National Courts and the (De-)Fragmentation of International Law (Hart 2012) Chapter 11

View Dr Webb’s full list of publications.



  •  Public International Law
  •  Public Law


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