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Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC

Visiting Professor

Research interests

  • Law
  • Conflict and security
  • International development


Daniel Bethlehem is a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies.  He is a barrister and arbitrator specialising in public international law from chambers at 20 Essex Street in London.  He is a member of the UK Foreign Secretary’s “Locarno Group” of external adviser on UK foreign policy issues, of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law, and a Consulting Senior Fellow for Law and Strategy at The International Institute for Strategic Studies.  He has a long-standing affiliation with Columbia University Law School in New York.

Areas of Expertise

  •  Public International Law

  •  The system of international law


From May 2006 to May 2011, Daniel Bethlehem was the principal Legal Adviser of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  He returned to private practice at the London Bar following the end of his FCO tenure.  Prior to his appointment to the FCO, he was a practising barrister from chambers in London, Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge.  Before that, he taught international law at the London School of Economics.

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