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Guglielmo Verdirame

Professor of International Law


Department of War Studies

Room K6.22

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).

I am the author of The UN and Human Rights: Who Guards the Guardians? (2011, CUP), Winner of the Biennial ACUNS Book Award, and of Rights in Exile (Berghahn Books, 2005), as well as numerous articles and chapters in books.

Research Interests

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.

Some of my papers are available on SSRN 

For a list of publications please visit the Research Portal or download a full CV and selected publications here: Prof Verdirame's CV


I teach and convene the following MA modules:

  • 7SSWM031 International Peace and Security (co-convenor)
  • 7SSWM049 International Law 
  • 7SSWM050 Political Philosophy 
PhD Supervision

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

Expertise and Public Engagement

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. 

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