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Professor Philippa Webb

Professor Philippa Webb

  • Academics

Professor of Public International Law

Research subject areas

  • Law

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Philippa Webb is Professor of Public International Law. She joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in 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 has been Visiting Professor at Université Paris X Nanterre, ESADE Law School and Pepperdine University’s London programme.

Professor 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.

Professor 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).

Research interests

Professor Webb’s research interests are in public international law, including all aspects of immunities, international dispute settlement, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and the law of international organisations. Her books include Oppenheim's International Law: United Nations (2017, with Dame Rosalyn Higgins QC, Dapo Akande, Sandy Sivakumran, James Sloan), The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law (2018, with Amal Clooney), The Law of State Immunity (with Lady Hazel Fox QC) (2015), International Judicial Integration and Fragmentation (2015, 2013), the complete travaux préparatoires of the Genocide Convention (2008) (with Hirad Abtahi). She is currently working on research projects related the law of State immunity and the right to a fair trial.

See the King's Research Portal for full details of Professor Webb's research activities.