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Iain Scobbie


  • Chair in International Law, Law

Personal profile


Professor Scobbie joined the School in September 2013 as professor of public international law.  He was previously the Sir Joseph Hotung Research Professor in Law, Human Rights, and Peace Building in the Middle East at SOAS, University of London, to which he remains affiliated.  He studied at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge, and at the Australian National University. His doctoral dissertation examined legal reasoning and the judicial function in the International Court. Professor Scobbie maintains a special interest in international humanitarian law; international adjudication, particularly the role of the International Court of Justice; and in the theory of international law. He has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law, an editor of the EJIL: Talk! blog. and chair of the committee which awards the Lieber Prize for an outstanding work by a young author on the law of armed conflict.  This is awarded by the Francis Lieber Society, which is a special interest group of the American Society of International Law.  He is a founder and Director of the Manchester International Law Centre.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • KZ Law of Nations

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