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Penelope  Nevill

Penelope Nevill

Visiting Fellow

  • Fellow of the Transnational Law Institute

Research interests

  • Law


Penelope is a practising barrister at Twenty Essex Chambers, specialising in public international law and also a lecturer. She regularly appears as counsel before international courts and tribunals, as well as in cases before the English courts involving international law, human rights, EU and public law and the interaction between legal systems. She has taught international law on various courses at King’s since 2011.

Previously, Penelope was a Fellow of Downing College and a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, where she taught undergraduate Public International Law and EU law (2005-2010) and the Law of Armed Conflict (LLM) until 2015/2016. She has also taught at the University of Auckland and regularly teaches a module on the ITLOS-Nippon Fellowship.

Read Penelope's profile on the Twenty Essex Chambers website. 



Currently Penelope teaches the law of the sea on the undergraduate course in Public International Law. She convenes and lectures the LLM modules 'Oceans Governance' and 'Cyberspace Law.'



  • Journal of World Trade & Investment 21 (2020) 493-505, review of Secomb, Interest in International Arbitration (2019)
  • ‘International Law and Jurisdiction’ (with Malcolm Shaw QC), in Daniel Clarry (ed), The UK Supreme Court Yearbook, Volume 9: 2017–2018 Legal Year (Appellate Press 2019) 627
  • British Year Book of International Law (2019), review of Rothwell et al, The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea (2015)
  • ‘Introduction’, ‘The Practice of Judging’, ASIL Proceedings 2018 (with David Bigge)
  • ‘Area-Based Management Tools, Including Marine Protected Areas’, ASIL Proceedings 2017
  • ‘Interpretation and review of UN sanctions by European courts: comity and conflict’ in Van den Herik (ed), Research Handbook on UN Sanctions and International Law (Edward Elgar, 2017)
  • ‘Sanctions and commercial law’ in Happold and Eden (eds), Sanctions and Embargoes in International Law (Hart, 2016)
  • Chapters on ‘Article 6’ (with Clare Da Silva) and ‘Article 22’ (with Mubarak Waseem) in Da Silva and Wood (eds), The Arms Trade Treaty: Weapons and International Law (Bruylant, 2015; reprint Intersentia, 2021)
  • ‘Military sanctions enforcement in the absence of express authorization’ in Weller, ed., The Oxford Handbook on the Use of Force (OUP, 2015)
  • ‘Such uncertainty as a sure thing: Legal uncertainty and North Sea oil post-Scottish independence' (with Angharad Parry), (2014) 5 International Energy Law Review 180
  • ‘The European Union as a Source of Public International Law’ (2013) Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law 281
  • 'When diplomacy fails - the complex legal fallout from imposing sanctions' (with Sara Masters), Legal Week, 9 March 2012
  • 'Relations Between International Courts and Tribunals', with James Crawford, in Margaret Young ed, Regime Interaction in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • 'Treaty Interpretation and Troubled Treaty Regimes: The Case of International Investment Law', in Marcel Szabó ed, State Responsibility and the Law of Treaties (The Hague, Eleven International Publishing, 2010), 161
  • 'Interest', with Elihu Lauterpacht, in James Crawford, Alain Pellet and Simon Olleson (eds) (with the collaboration of Kate Parlett), The Law of International Responsibility (Oxford, Oxford University Press, forthcoming May 2010)
  • 'The Treatment of Interest in International Awards' [2007] 78 British Year Book of International Law 255
  • 'Reconciling the Clash Between UK Obligations under the UN Charter and the ECHR in Domestic Law: Towards Systemic Integration?' (2008) 67 Cambridge Law Journal 447 (case note)
  • 'Qualifying the Human Rights Act: Detention under Security Council Resolutions' (2006) 65 Cambridge Law Journal 476 (case note)
  • 'New Zealand: The Privy Council is replaced with a Supreme Court' (2005) 3 International Journal of Constitutional Law (I*CON) 115


Academic Appointments

  • Visiting Lecturer, King’s College, London – 2012-continuing:
    • Lecturer, Public International Law, undergraduate, King’s College, London – 2012-continuing: Module Leader, Lecturer and Tutor, 2012-13; Lecturer and tutor, 2013-14; Lecturer, “Law of Territory”, 2016; Lecturer and Tutor, “Law of the Sea”, 2014-continuing
    • Module Leader and Lecturer, Cyberspace Law, LLM King’s College, London, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22
    • Module Leader and Lecturer, Oceans Governance, LLM King’s College, London – 2021-22
    • Module Leader and Lecturer, Transnational Oceans and Maritime Law, LLM King’s College, London – 2016-17, 2017-18
    • Lecturer, International Dispute Resolution LLM, 2018-19
    • Module Leader and Lecturer, Law, Legal Systems and The United Nations, LLM King’s College, London – 2014-15, 2015-2016
  • Senior Research Fellow, Transnational Law Institute, King’s College, London – 2013-continuing
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Cambridge, 2006-2009, 2011-2016: The Law of Armed Conflict
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Auckland, 2014: Course convenor and Lecturer, LLM, International Settlement of Disputes
  • Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law – 2005-2010
  • Fellow and College Lecturer, Downing College, University of Cambridge – 2005-2010; College Lecturer, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge – 2005-2010: Supervisor undergraduate International Law, Supervisor undergraduate European Union Law.
  • Research Assistant, to Sir Elihu Lauterpacht QC, James Crawford SC and Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law – 2003-2005.


Lectures and Talks

  • International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea-Nippon Capacity-Building and Training Programme, Hamburg, Lecturer, Advocacy and Legal Writing Modules, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • The European Circuit Conference, Madrid, 2021, ‘Trade v Security: The UK’s National Security and Investment Act’, 24 September 2021
  • London International Disputes Week, 2021, panellist, “A new frontier? Exploring cyber-related international disputes”, 12 May 2021
  • ‘Trade Remedies After Brexit’, Law Society English Mexico Law Week, 30 November 2020
  • ‘ABMTs and MPAs under the new ILBI under UNCLOS on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction’, Pacific Ocean Pacific Climate Change Conference, 28 October 2020
  • ‘Recovery of Debts in Times of Armed Conflict’, Volterra Fietta Breakfast Seminar, 17 December 2019
  • ‘Space Law: The Next Frontier’, Invited Expert Speaker, Volterra Fietta, 27 September 2018
  • ‘Sir Elihu and the Art of Rhetoric’: Lauterpacht Centre for International Law Memorial Symposium: Sir Elihu Lauterpacht QC: A celebration of his life and his work, Faculty of Law, Cambridge, 13 October 2017
  • ‘Changes to the legal framework governing decommissioning which we can or may expect as a result of Brexit’: Contract Strategy for the Energy Industry: Drilling Through The Turmoil’, Scottish Arbitration Centre, 20 September 2017
  • ‘Area-Based Management Tools, Including Marine Protected Areas’: ASIL Meeting, Washington DC, panel session on the new internationally legally binding instrument on conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, 12–15 April 2017
  • ‘The Use of Settlement Offers’, BIICL Investment Treaty Forum, 15 November 2016
  • ‘Settlement of international disputes related to the use of natural resources under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea’: comment on Judge Golitsyn’s paper, Stress Testing the Law of the Sea, King’s College, London, 30-31 September 2016
  • ‘Legal Uncertainty in Undelimited Areas’: BIICL Event on Release of its Report on the Obligations of States under Articles 74(3) and 83(3) of UNCLOS in respect of Undelimited Areas, 22 July 2016
  • ‘Business and International Law’, invited Expert Panellist, British Branch of the International Law Association, Spring Conference, 8-9 April 2016, ‘Non-State Actors and Changing Relations in International Law’
  • ‘20 Essex Street Workshop on Investment Treaty Arbitration’, Slaughter and May, 31 March 2016
  • ‘New Boundaries: Ethics and High Seas Marine Protected Areas’, London International Boundary Conference, 1-2 December 2015
  • ‘Sanctions, International Public Policy and the Architecture of the International Legal System’, Guest Speaker, Auckland University Law Review Alumni Symposium, 14 October 2015
  • ‘English Common Law for international commerce in Latin America’, Arbitral Institution of the Chamber of Industry in Guatemala and the Honduran Bar Association. October 2015
  • ‘Review and Interpretation of UN Sanctions’, UN Sanctions in the 21st Century, University of Leiden, 26- 27 June 2015
  • ‘Technology, non-obvious warfare and the concept of “attack” in LOAC’, 24th Annual SLS-BIICL Conference on Theory and International Law, 15 May 2015
  • ‘The BIOT Marine Protected Area: The Litigation Landscape’, Ministry of Defence, 14 May 2015
  • ‘Marine Protected Areas and Freedom of the High Seas’, Centre for International Law, National University Singapore, 6 May 2015
  • ‘International Investment Law: The State’s Perspective’, Brunei Darussalem, organized by MFA for officials from various government departments and open to the public, 2 May 2015
  • ‘Sanctions: current issues of implementation and enforcement’, 14 February 2014, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (part of the Friday lunchtime series)
  • 'New Zealand in the International Court of Justice', 12 June 2014, Anglo-Australasian Law Society, London
  • 'The interface between public international law and commercial law', Maxwell Chambers, Singapore 4 September 2014, and Attorney General's Chambers, Singapore, 5 September 2014
  • 'Introduction to investment treaties', Lee & Lee, Singapore, 5 September 2014
  • ‘Sanctions and Commercial Law', paper presented at 22nd Annual Society of Legal Scholars international law section/British Institute of International and Comparative Law conference on theory and international law, "Sanctions and Embargoes: International Law and Contemporary Practice", 29 April 2013
  • ‘Migration and the EU: Third country nationals and the construction of citizenship from above', paper presented at a conference on 23-24 May 2013, Budapest, Hungary on ‘Multilevel Implications of a Changing Concept of Citizenship'
  • ‘Public international law and the lex mercatoria', International Law Association, British Branch, 31 July 2013
  • ‘Cleaning-up the rule-books - Law-making in response to marine pollution disasters’ - paper, Marine Lawyers Network Conference, Marine Management Organisation, Nottingham, 27 June 2012
  • ‘Caspian Sea Legal Study: The proposed pipeline between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan’ at the CIS Oil And Gas Transportation Conference: Strengthening The Oil And Gas Links Between the CIS, Europe And Asia, 13th Annual Meeting, 25-27 October 2011, Istanbul
  • ‘EU-Caspian Basin Legal Issues: The Use of Law for Strategic Ends - The proposed pipeline between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan & EU-Iran Sanctions Law’, keynote speech at the EU Energy Law and Policy Workshop, Florence School of Regulation, EUI, 11 November 2011
  • ‘Immunities and the Balance Between Diplomacy and Accountability’, seminar to mark Sir Elihu Lauterpacht's 60 years in International Law, October 2011


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