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Professor Marko Milanovic

Marko Milanovic
Director, Global Law at Reading (GLAR)

Areas of interest

  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Cyber Law
  • Use of Force

Research centres and groups

Global Law at Reading (GLAR)

Background

Marko Milanovic is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Reading School of Law. He is co-general editor of the ongoing Tallinn Manual 3.0 project on the application of international law in cyberspace and Senior Fellow, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. He is also co-editor of EJIL: Talk!, the blog of the European Journal of International Law, as well as a member of the EJIL’s Editorial Board. Professor Milanovic was formerly Professor of Public International Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham School of Law, and served as Vice-President and member of the Executive Board of the European Society of International Law. 

Professor Milanovic held visiting professorships at Michigan Law School, Columbia Law School, Deakin Law School, the University of Bologna, the University of the Philippines College of Law, and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. In 2021-22 Professor Milanovic served as one of three high-level experts appointed by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights to assist her in conducting a comprehensive examination of alleged human rights violations committed in Belarus since 1 May 2020, as mandated by the UN Human Rights Council. In 2022 he was awarded the Serge Lazareff Prize for excellence in legal services by the NATO Allied Command Operations Office of Legal Affairs. He is currently advising a taskforce supporting the Prosecutor General of Ukraine regarding accountability for crimes committed during the Ukrainian conflict. 

Professor Milanovic is a prolific author in human rights law, public international law, international criminal law and the law of armed conflict with leading publishers and peer-reviewed journals. His publications include one monograph, one edited collection, 26 research articles, 15 book chapters and over 400 blog posts (SSRN author page). He has regularly published with both Oxford and Cambridge university presses, as well as in the two most highly regarded international legal journals, the European Journal of International Law and the American Journal of International Law. His work has been cited, inter alia, by judges of the European Court of Human Rights, the UK Supreme Court, and the High Court of England and Wales, as well as by the International Law Commission. He was a recipient of the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for a project on the legal aspects of intelligence sharing in multinational military operations. He is also an Associate of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights. 

Professor Milanovic was counsel or advisor in cases before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Constitutional Court of Serbia. He is a frequent participant in expert meetings organized by international institutions, including the OHCHR, the European Commission, international criminal tribunals, the European Court of Human Rights, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Chatham House. He has also regularly presented his research at the world’s leading universities and at the most prestigious academic conferences in human rights law and international law. In particular, he was a panelist at the conferences of the American Society of International Law (2019, 2016, 2013, 2011), the European Society of International Law (2019, 2014, 2008, 2006), the Society of Legal Scholars (2011), symposia of the EJIL (2012, 2007), and the 2016 Conference of the Association of Human Rights Institutes. Professor Milanovic obtained his first degree in law from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, his LL.M from the University of Michigan Law School, and his PhD in international law from the University of Cambridge. His doctoral thesis was awarded the Yorke Prize. He served as Law Clerk to Judge Thomas Buergenthal of the International Court of Justice in 2006/2007.