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Dr Saeed Bagheri

Saeed Bagheri
  • Convenor for The Use of Military Force (LWMTUM)
  • Convenor for Law of Armed Conflict (International Humanitarian Law) (LWMTAC)
  • Director of Academic Tutoring (PGT)
  • Provides students with academic support during assigned hours and classes.
  • Teaches and researches in public international law, the use of force, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, public law, peacebuilding and post-conflict justice.

Areas of interest

  • Public international law
  • Use of force
  • International humanitarian law
  • International human rights law
  • International criminal law
  • Peacebuilding and post-conflict justice

Postgraduate supervision

Saeed welcomes proposals from prospective doctoral students with an interest in international humanitarian law, the law on the use of force, and international human rights law.


Saeed currently teaches the following modules on the LLB and LLM programmes:

LLB: International Human Rights Law; Public Law I; Public Law II; Legal Skills; Foundations of International Law; Research Project

LLM: Law of Armed Conflict (International Humanitarian Law) (module convenor); The Use of Military Force (module convenor); Dissertation

Research centres and groups


Dr Saeed Bagheri is a Lecturer in International Law at the University of Reading, School of Law, where he has also held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from 2019-2021. Prior to joining the University of Reading he was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) from 2017-2019. During the currency of his post at the EUI, he worked on a project relating to the legal validity of the use of force against armed non-state actors. 

Saeed conducts research in the law on the use of force, international humanitarian law, peacebuilding and post-conflict justice and teaches across a range of modules on the law programs. His main research path explores the contradictions in the application of the law on the use of force and international humanitarian law. Saeed has published extensively on jus ad bellum, jus in bello, peacebuilding and post-conflict justice. He is the author of International Law and the War with Islamic State: Challenges for Jus ad Bellum and Jus in Bello (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 1st edition, 2021).

Saeed has held visiting positions, including Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (Summer 2018), Visiting Lecturer at the University College London (Spring 2018), and Visiting Fellow at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University Law School (Spring 2018). Prior to his postdoctoral positions, he was an Assistant Professor at Akdeniz University from 2015-2017.

Saeed is a member of the Global Law at Reading (GLAR) grouping, and a member of the British Branch of the International Law Association, and the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL). He has served as a peer reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journals, including International Journal of Transitional Justice (Oxford journals), Journal of Peacebuilding & Development (SAGE journals), and Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (Routledge journals).

Academic qualifications

  • DPhil (Ankara)
  • LLM (Tehran)
  • BA (Tabriz)

Awards and honours

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Reading, School of Law (2019-2021)
  • Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, European University Institute (EUI) (2017-2019) 
  • Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (2018)
  • Visiting Fellow, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University (2018)
  • Fully Funded PhD Studentship in Public International Law - The Scientific, and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) (2011-2014)

Professional bodies/affiliations

Further publications









  • Bagheri, S. (2014) International Humanitarian Law and the Use of Nuclear Weapons against Terrorism. Gazi University Faculty of Law Review 18, (3-4). pp. 931-954.


  • Bagheri, S. (2013) Evaluating the Decision of International Court of Justice Concerning the Oil Platforms. Gazi University Faculty of Law Review, 17 (1-2). pp. 1155-1180.
  • Bagheri, S. (2013) Extradition and the Obligation to Prosecute of Offenders in International Law (aut dedere aut judicare). Ankara University Faculty of Law Review, 62 (1). pp. 1-40.
  • Bagheri, S. (2013) Iran and the Law of the Sea: Current Debates. Erzincan University Faculty of Law Review, 17 (3-4). pp. 155-182.


Selected conference papers and presentations

  • “Structural Inequalities in Conflict-Affected Societies”, 16th Max Weber Conference on Perspectives on Global Crises: Challenges and Opportunities, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy, June 16, 2022.
  • “Iran and Child Soldiers in the Syrian Civil War: A Study on the Refugee Children Recruited by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps”, 14th Max Weber Conference on a Time for Anxiety - Mobility and Immobility across Societies, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy, 19 June 2020.
  • “The Role of the Kurdish Women in Decision-Making Process in Post-Islamic State Iraq: A Case for Gender Equality in Post-War Societies”, presented at the Inaugural Edinburgh-Glasgow International Law Workshop, Edinburgh, UK, 8-9 April 2019.
  • “The Role of the Kurdish Identity in Falling the Islamic State War in Iraq and the Peace-Building Process in the Post-Islamic State Iraq”, presented at the International Conference on “Identity and Memory in War and Peacebuilding”, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK, 2nd July 2018.
  • “The Legal Aspects of War to Peace Transitions in Post-Islamic State Iraq”, presented at the 12th Max Weber Conference on the States, Societies and Crises Across Time and Space, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy, 13 June 2018.
  • “From the Failed Disarmament Policy of the Non-Proliferation Regime to the Rise of New Nuclear Powers”, presented at the International Peace Studies Conference, Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), Vienna, Austria, 29 May 2018.
  • “The Peace-Building Role of the Natural/Energy Resource Management in Post-Islamic State Iraq”, presented at the Conference on the Nature of Peace, Pufendorf Institute of Advanced Studies, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, 26 April 2018.
  • “The Quest for Energy Resources as a Source of Armed Conflicts in the Middle East: An International Law Perspective”, presented at the Max Weber Lecture/Presentations, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy, 12-21 September 2017. 

Recent events organised

  • UN Involvement in Afghanistan: Where Next for the International Community, Global Law at Reading and the Afghan and Central Asian Association, 16 May 2022 (chair).
  • 27th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law on “International Law Futures: The Intersection of Law with Knowledge, Information and Expertise”, Crawford School of Policy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 4-6 July 2019 (co-organiser).
  • Multidisciplinary Workshop on “The Role of Image Making in the Prevention of Violence”, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 7 May 2018 (co-organiser).
  • 4th Annual International Peace and Security Interest Group (IPSIG) Workshop, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2 April 2018 (co-organiser).
  • 25th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law on “Sustaining the International Legal Order in an Era of Rising Nationalism”, Canberra, Australia, 29 June -1 July 2017 (co-organiser).

Invited talks and lectures

  • Invited Talk: Guest speaker on ‘Protests in Iran’, Oxford Human Rights Hub’s Right Up, The University of Oxford Faculty of Law (November 25, 2022).
  • Invited Talk: Roundtable discussion on ‘The Iranian Uprising’, Manchester International Law Centre (MILC), The University of Manchester Law School (November 15, 2022).
  • Invited Talk: Panel discussion on 'Women, Life, Freedom' in Iran: From Protest to Revolution?’, Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences and Nottingham Law School (November 2, 2022).

Other activities