International and European law

Surrey Centre for International and Environmental Law (SCIEL) members conduct research on varied aspects of public international law, including international humanitarian law, international criminal law and armed conflict. Expertise also focuses on European Union law, human rights law, migration, security and extradition, criminal justice and transnational comparative law.

A main focus of the research group is the jurisdictions of international courts and tribunals, especially the:

  • International Court of Justice
  • Court of Justice of the European Union
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • International Criminal Court.

Potent challenges including Brexit, national and institutional responses to Covid-19, trends of populism and rule of law regression, and impending economic and climate crises, all present demands to law, policy and governance. In this context, there has never been a more engaging time for analysing the continued commitment of the United Kingdom to international law, and for its engagement and co-operation with international and regional institutions.

We focus on original research publications and the generation of projects that impact on the conduct of international law in practice. Consequently, we engage in the creation of projects of multidisciplinary scope that connect the insights gleaned from academic research to important events. Our members are open to collaborations with academic, policy or industry partners, media engagement, and approaches from potential PhD candidates.

SCIEL members working on aspects of international, European and comparative law include:

Dr Noreen O'Meara (SCIEL co-director)Human rights, EU law, EU criminal law, environmental law
Dr Arman SarvarianPublic international law
Dr Joshua AndresenNational security and foreign relations law
Thekli AnastasiouPublic international law, international refugee law