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Daley Birkett


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Dr. Daley J. Birkett joined Northumbria Law School as a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Fellow in September 2019. He holds Ph.D. (University of Amsterdam), LL.M. (Leiden University), and LL.B. (Durham University) degrees. He is also recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Daley remains affiliated to the Amsterdam Center for International Law’s War Reparations Center as a Research Fellow, while he is also part of the teaching team in the Law of International Organizations at the University of Verona. Before entering academia, Daley worked as a Legal Consultant to the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, where he advised the International Judges of the Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia. Daley has also held teaching and/or research positions at the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law at the University of Kiel, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, the Royal University of Law and Economics, and the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre.

Research interests

Daley’s research interests lie in the general area of public international law, with a particular focus on the law and practice of international(ised) criminal tribunals and the United Nations Security Council and the law regulating the use of force in relations between States (jus ad bellum). As for overarching themes, much of his research revolves around the themes of conflict and security on the one hand and States’ implementation of their international legal obligations in their domestic legal orders on the other. More specifically, Daley has published on topics such pre-trial protective measures for the purpose of post-conviction forfeiture, the implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in Asian jurisdictions, the impact of protracted United Nations Security Council-ordered sanctions on the governance of sovereign wealth funds, and the legality of States resorting to the use of force in response to an armed attack suffered not at the hands of another State, but a non-State actor. He is therefore interested in working across subdisciplines in the field of public international law.


Daley has published his research in leading journals, including the Leiden Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Criminal Justice, the Human Rights Law Review, the Chinese Journal of International Law, and the Journal of Conflict and Security Law. He has also contributed chapters to, and/or has edited, books published by Cambridge University Press, Routledge, and Brill Nijhoff. Daley is a member of the International Law Association Study Group on Asian State Practice of Domestic Implementation of International Law – an invitation-only network appointed by the International Law Association to explore whether there is an ‘Asian approach’ to (public) international law distinct from that derived from beyond the region – and the Asian Society of International Law Interest Group on International Criminal Law.

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 19 Feb 2021

Law, LLM, Leiden University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2012

Law, LLB (Hons), Durham University

Award Date: 29 Jun 2011


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