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International law experts in our group

Group Leaders

Dr Patricia Hobbs
Dr Hobbs has been the recipient of a British Academy Grant on the International Criminal Court's cooperation regime, has written extensively on issues surrounding the international criminal court and has also acted as a national judge for the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition. Her current research focuses on the interpretation of cooperation and its relationship with the concept of trust and she is also working on the use of ‘war’ language in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Solon Solomon
Dr Solomon, has been Member of the Knesset Legal Department on international and constitutional issues and a visiting lecturer or scholar at Tel Aviv University, King's College London, Humboldt zu Berlin and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. His first book on the justiciability of international disputes has been cited before the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Author of a co-edited volume (together with Derek Jinks from the University of Texas and the late Jackson Maogoto from the University of Manchester), Dr Solomon's views have appeared or been cited in a number of media outlets including The Times, the Financial Times, The Independent and the Straits Times.


Academic Members

Dr Elena Abrusci
Having worked as Policy Advisor on Digital Regulation at the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Dr Abrusci has an interdisciplinary background in law and politics and her research focuses on regional human rights systems and the impact of AI and technology on human rights. She holds a PhD in Law from the University of Nottingham, where she explored the issues of judicial convergence and fragmentation in international human rights law, looking at the case-law of the African, European and Inter-American human rights courts. Her PhD thesis will be published as a monograph by Cambridge University Press in 2022.
Professor Alexandra Xanthaki
Professor Xanthaki is a leading expert in refugee law and in indigenous people's rights. Her work has been cited repeatedly in United Nations documents and she has given keynote speeches around the world. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London). She is a member of the Human Rights Faculty of the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford and has been an external examiner in several law departments, currently at Birkbeck. Since October 2015, Alexandra leads the Athens Refugee Project, where she takes Brunel University London law students to Athens to volunteer in migrant and refugee sites, provide assistance and learn more on the refugee crisis in Europe from discussions with state authorities, NGOs and IGOs.
Professor Javaid Rehman
Professor Rehman is the UN Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Between 2019-2021 he served as Member of the Coordination Committee of the Special Procedures United Nations Human Rights Office. Author of a number of journal articles and books and widely cited, Professor Rehman has also served as Head of the Brunel Law School and member of the Brunel University London Senate. His writings have been translated in a number of languages including German, French and Japanese and inter alia he is the editor of the Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. In 2010 he was awarded the Papal metal in acknowledgment for his work in promoting the inter-faith dialogue.
Dr Lisa Mardikian
Dr Mardikian researches and writes on the junction between international law and property rights as well as on how economy can offer a different view of classical international law notions such as the right to self-determination. Co-editor of a Research Handbook on the International Court of Justice, she has served as visiting researcher at the Heidelberg-based Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.
Mr Gerard Conway
Mr Conway has worked in the past in the Office of the Director of the Public Prosecutions of Ireland as well as a researcher for Irish Supreme Court judges. He has been a visiting researcher at the Cambridge Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and his work has appeared in a number of journals, including the European Journal of International Law and the International Criminal Law Review.
Dr Pin Lean Lau
Dr Pin Lean Lau
Dr Lau is an active member at the Brunel University London Centre for Artificial Intelligence and was recently selected to join the Brunel Research Interdisciplinary Lab (BRIL). She is also part of the ELSI2.0 Workspace, an international collaboratory on genomics and society research, and the Global Health Network; a member of the European Association of Health Law (EAHL) and the General Manager of the EAHL Interest Group on Supranational Biolaw. She has held visiting fellowships with the Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX), NDPH (Medical Sciences Division), University of Oxford, the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life-Sciences (CELLS) at the University of Hannover, Germany and the Centre for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB) at the Central European University, Hungary. Dr Lau is currently working on a multi-trust funded project for the World Health Organization (WHO), on developing and piloting of a Tripartite One Health Assessment Tool for antimicrobial resistance.
Dr Louise Forde
Dr Forde holds a PhD from the University College Cork where she was awarded the President James Slattery Prize for her research in children law. Sitting in the editorial board of the journal Youth Justice: An International Journal, her research on children law undertakes also global, international extensions through her contribution to the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of their Liberty. Before joining Brunel University London, she also served as visiting lecturer in the Leiden Law School.
Dr Ermioni Xanthopoulou
Dr Xanthopoulou's international law research relates to issues spanning from refugee law to counter-terrorism. Author of a book on the nexus between security and justice and the impact on human rights in the EU realms, Dr Xanthopoulou holds a PhD from King's College London and has been a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics.
Dr Isobel Renzulli
Dr Renzulli has extensive academic and working experience in human rights law, having worked for a number of NGOs in Europe and in Africa as well as for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Her research interests focus particularly on the prohibition against torture and how this prohibition interplays with other international law notions.
Dr Isabella Mancini
Dr Mancini has been a visiting scholar at the Egmont Institute (Brussels), the Asser Institute (The Hague), and at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG, Amsterdam). She has worked as a Teaching Assistant at the EUI and as an intern at the European Parliament Liaison Office in London. Before joining Brunel University London she had been a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at the City, University of London School of Law. Her research interests fall inter alia in the realms of human rights and trade.
Dr Pietro Sullo
Dr Pietro Sullo is Reader in International Law. His academic interests include international human rights law, international criminal law, transitional justice and refugee law. He has a PhD from the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa and he has served as senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, director at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization in Venice and rector at the Riga Graduate School of Law. He has taught at King's College London Dickson Poon School of Law, the University of Kent and the University of Leuven. He has also worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and as an expert for the Libya Constitution Drafting Assembly.
Dr Marcus De Matos
Marcus V. A. B. de Matos is a Lecturer in the Division of Public and International Law. Dr De Matos holds a PhD in Law from Birkbeck, University of London, a MRes in Human Rights and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He is an Honorary Member at the Institute of Brazilian Lawyers (IAB), and a Guest Lecturer at the State Attorney’s Office (PGE/RJ) Professional Postgraduate School. He has been awarded an Honourable Mention by José Bonifácio Academic Foundation (FUJB) and has been the recipient of several grants by academic and government funding bodies such as the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, the Brazilian Ministry of Education, the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Secretariat of Human Rights (SDH), and the Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP).
Dr Colin Luoma
Dr Luoma has a JD from Saint Louis University School of Law and a PhD from Brunel University London, School of Law. His research focuses on indigenous cultural rights, minority rights as well as questions of transitional justice and historical wrongdoing. In the past he has served as a Researcher in the Minority Rights Group International and he has also worked as a civil litigation attorney


Associate Members

Dr Steven Wagner
Dr Wagner is a Lecturer in International Security. Before joining Brunel University London, he was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University, Montreal. He received his DPhil from the University of Oxford.
Professor Philip Davies
Professor Davies is Professor of Intelligence Studies at Brunel University London. His research is fundamentally practically-oriented, concerned with how intelligence institutions work and their relationships with other, more overt aspects of the machinery of government as well as with international allies and partners. That work has focused mainly on national and defence intelligence functions, concepts and capabilities, looking not just at the UK's intelligence community but also those of the United States of America, India and Malaysia.