Staff Profile:Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne

Dr Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne
Job Title:
Associate Professor

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    • LLB: International Law
    • LLM: Law of Armed Conflict (International Humanitarian Law) (module convenor); International Dispute Settlement; Technologies and Weaponry; Public International Law
Areas of Interest:

Public international law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international human rights law, State responsibility, law of treaties

Research groups / Centres:
Global Law at Reading (GLAR)
Jump to: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
Number of items: 12.






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Recent Conferences and Presentations:

  • Retreat of the Judges of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Nuremberg, 'Illegal Detention in Non-International Armed Conflict' (September 2017)
  • Paris Conference on General Principles as Applied by International Court and Tribunals, 'Invoking State Responsibility as a General Principle' (June 2017)
  • International & Comparative Law Quarterly Annual Lecture, London, 'The International Law Framework Regulating the Use of Armed Drones' (March 2017, with Professor Dapo Akande)
  • Co-Convenor of Expert Workshop on the Impact of the Law of Armed Conflict on General International Law, Exeter (September 2016)
  • Royal Navy, Commodore Naval Legal Services International & Operational Law Course, Portsmouth, 'Keynote Address: Detention in Non-International Armed Conflict' (September 2016)
  • ICRC, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, Oxford, 'Fourth Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict' (invited participant and speaker on the topic of procedural rules governing detention) (July 2016)
  • Fifth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law, New York University, 'The Nature of Rights and Obligations under International Humanitarian Law' (June 2016)
  • European Society of International Law, Rome, 'International Humanitarian Law and Modern Warfare' (chair of panel on humanitarian law and human rights law) (October 2015)
  • ICRC/Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, Oxford, 'Third TransAtlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict' (invited participant and speaker on the topic of application of humanitarian law in domestic courts) (July 2015)
  • Chatham House, Closed roundtable on topic of international law and asymmetric warfare (invited participant) (June 2015)
  • Oxford/FCO, Workshops on the recent work of the International Law Commission on customary international law and the law of treaties (invited participant) (October and December 2014)
  • University of Exeter/Army Legal Services, Workshop on State Responsibility (invited speaker on the topic of complicity) (December 2014)
  • 9th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference on International Humanitarian Law, Jerusalem, 'Consent to Humanitarian Action in Non-International Armed Conflicts' (November 2014)
  • ICRC/Chatham House, London, Workshop on the topic of the applicability of international humanitarian law to multi-national forces (invited participant) (November 2014)
  • 15th Bruges Colloquium on International Humanitarian Law, College of Europe (Bruges), 'Protection of persons deprived of their liberty in international armed conflict' (October 2014)
  • ICRC/Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, Oxford, 'Second TransAtlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict' (July 2014) (invited participant and speaker on transplanting the law of international armed conflict to non-international armed conflicts)
  • Inaugural Conference of the International Society of Public Law, Florence, 'Rethinking the "Public" in Public International Law' (June 2014)
  • Third Annual Conference of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, Cambridge, 'Non-State Armed Groups and Legal Personality: A Case Study in the Dynamism of International Law' (May 2014)
  • 8th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference on International Humanitarian Law, Jerusalem, '"Military Objective" in Non-International Armed Conflicts: Incorporating Post-Conflict Considerations' (November 2013) (with Ruvi Ziegler)
  • Expert Meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Oxford, 'Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles' (July 2013) (invited participant and co-author of workshop background paper)
  • ICRC/Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, Oxford, 'Inaugural TransAtlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict: Symmetries between International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law' (July 2013) (invited speaker on the topic of detention in armed conflict)
  • International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo, 'The Copenhagen Process on the Handling of Detainees in International Military Operations' (March 2013) (invited participant)
  • Guest lecture and two seminars at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, 'International Human Rights Law/International Humanitarian Law: Interaction in the War on Terror' (February 2013)
LLB (London School of Economics); BCL, MPhil, DPhil (University of Oxford)

Biographical Details

Lawrence joined the Law School as a Lecturer in September 2013 and was promoted to Associate Professor in Public International Law in 2017. Prior to joining Reading, he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Public International Law at the University of Oxford, where he was also completing his doctorate. He was also previously a Stipendiary Lecturer and Director of Studies in Law at Merton College, Oxford.

Other previous positions include Visiting Fellow in the Law Department at the London School of Economics (2016), British Research Council Fellow at the John W Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington DC, Convenor of the Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group, and Treasurer & Member of the Executive Committee of Oxford Pro Bono Publico.

Lawrence's research interests cut across a number of topics within public international law, and his recent work has focused on international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international criminal law. He is especially interested in the relationship of these different areas to general international law. His monograph, Detention in Non-International Armed Conflict, which was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press, was awarded the American Society of International Law's 2016 Francis Lieber Prize for best book in the field of international law and armed conflict, as well the University of Reading's 2017 Faculty Research Output Prize. It was also shortlisted for the 2016 Society of Legal Scholars' Peter Birks' Book Prize. His scholarship has been cited by, amongst others, the UK Court of Appeal and UK Supreme Court. Lawrence has also acted as advisor to international organisations, as well as legal practitioners in his areas of expertise.

Lawrence's current research focuses on the intersection between international humanitarian law and general international law, and more specifically the nature of rights and obligations under international humanitarian law.

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Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 6911

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