Professor of International Law
Department of War Studies
King's College London
Strand, London WC2R 2LS
Tel: +44-20-7848 7986
Office hours: by appointment - please contact me by email
I am Professor of International Law and joined King’s in September 2011. Before coming to King’s, I was a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (2003-2011); a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford (2000-2003); and a Research Officer at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford (1997-98). I also held a visiting appointment at Harvard Law School (2007) and was Director of Studies for Public International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law (2006).
My research interests cover:
Public International Law, especially: the use of force and the laws of war; human rights and forced displacement; national security law; international organisations; international criminal law; energy, oil and the protection of foreign investment; and the settlement of international disputes.
Philosophy of international law/relations, especially: just war; theory of the state and sovereignty; liberalism; German and British idealism.
Interaction between law and strategy, especially in relation to the concept of lawfare, non-proliferation and counter-proliferation.
I teach and convene the following MA modules:
7SSWM031 International Peace and Security (co-convenor)
7SSWM049 International Law
7SSWM050 Political Philosophy
Expertise and Public Engagement
I am happy to supervise PhD students in any of my areas of interest, whether based at the Department of War Studies or the School of Law. Please note I will not be able to accept new PhD students starting in 2014-15
I am a practising Barrister at 20 Essex Street chambers. My practice includes both commercial (e.g. investment arbitration) and non-commercial aspects of public international law (e.g. inter-state disputes, immunities, human rights).
Professor Verdirame is Interim Chairman of the Board of Trustees of A Bridge to the Future (a charity set up to raise a 30m endowment for the United World College of Mostar in Bosnia Herzegovina), and a trustee of the Human Dignity Trust. He served as founding Chairman of the Board of Trustee of Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) until 2012.