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Dr Saeed Bagheri

Areas of interest

Public international law: the law on the use of force (jus ad bellum), the law of armed conflict (jus in bello), human rights law, peace-building, terrorism, arms control and disarmament.

Research centres and groups


Saeed joined the School of Law as a Postdoctoral Fellow in August 2019. His research explores the war on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria with a current focus on the law of armed conflict, the use of force and peace-building. Prior to joining the Law School, he was a Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI). During the currency of his post at the EUI, he worked on a project relating to the legality of the extra-territorial use of military force in international law. He presented the findings of that research in numerous international conferences held at the Edinburgh Law School, Lund University, Liverpool Hope University and the EUI.

Saeed has been a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (Summer 2018), and a visiting scholar at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University Law School (Spring 2018). Prior to his postdoctoral positions, he served as an Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Akdeniz University in Turkey (2015-17).

He studied Human Rights Law and Public International Law in Iran and Turkey. He received his Ph.D. in Public International Law from Ankara University in 2015. Saeed's primary areas of research and teaching are international law on the use of force and the law of armed conflict.

Academic qualifications

BA (Tabriz), MA (Tehran), PhD (Ankara)

Professional bodies/affiliations

Saeed is an associate member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL). He is also serving as the Oxford Human Rights Hub's Regional Correspondent for the Middle East and as an editorial board member for the journal of Economics, Law and Policy (Scholink).

Selected publications


  • Bagheri, S. (2019) The Paths to Peace in the Post-Islamic State Iraq. Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 31 (4) (forthcoming).


  • Bagheri, S. (2018) Expanding Nuclear Threats to Peace: Prospects for the Non-Proliferation Regime. International Journal on World Peace, 35 (3). pp. 9-44.
  • Bagheri, S. (2018) The Legal Aspects of Turkey's War Against the PKK: A Case for Self-Defence within the Context of International Law. Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law (2017). pp. 155-172.


  • Bagheri, S. (2017) The Military Use of Children by the Syrian-Iraqi Salafi-Jihadist Group. Russian Law Journal, 5 (1) pp. 79-97.


  • Bagheri, S. (2016) Towards Fulfillment of Fundamental Rules of Humanitarian Law in the Context of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). BRICS Law Journal, 3 (1). pp. 66-89.


  • Bagheri, S. (2015) Iran's Attitude to Security in the Strait of Hormuz: An International Law Perspective. New Zealand Yearbook of International Law (13). pp. 83-106.
  • Bagheri, S. (2015) Self-Defense in Karabakh Conflict. Russian Law Journal, 3 (4). pp. 150-164.
  • Bagheri, S. (2015) The Legal Framework of the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy: The Possibilities and Limitations (in Turkish). Energy and Diplomacy Journal, 1 (4). pp. 116-141.


  • Bagheri, S. (2014) International Humanitarian Law and Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Terrorism (in Turkish). 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 (in Turkish). 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) (in Turkish). Ankara University Faculty of Law Review, 62 (1). pp. 1-40.


  • Bagheri, S. (2012) Extradition in the Practice of European Court of Human Rights and Human Rights Committee of UN (in Persian). Journal of Legal Research, 11 (2). pp. 25-52.

Other Publications

Conference papers and presentations

  • "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.


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