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September 2023 - August 2024
Study Mode Full-time
Application start 28 November 2022
Application end 24 February 2023
Application end (with scholarship) 27 January 2023

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Sivakumaran Sandesh

Sivakumaran Sandesh

Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge and Co-Deputy Director, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  International Human Rights Law  /  International Criminal Law  /  Public International Law

Sandesh Sivakumaran is a Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge, the Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, and a Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He is the 2022 Lieber Scholar at the Lieber Institute, West Point.

Professor Sivakumaran was previously a Professor of Public International Law at the University of Nottingham. He has been a non-resident research scholar at the United States Naval War College Stockton Center for International Law and has held visiting fellowships at Melbourne Law School and New York University School of Law.

Sandesh has published on a variety of topics in public international law. He is the author of The Law of Non-International Armed Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2012), which was awarded the International Committee of the Red Cross Paul Reuter Prize, the American Society of International Law Francis Lieber Prize, and the European Society of International Law Book Prize. He is one of the authors of Oppenheim’s International Law: United Nations (Oxford University Press, 2017, which was awarded the American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit. He is the co-author of Cases and Materials on International Law (Sweet and Maxwell, 9 ed, 2020) and co-editor of International Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 4 ed, 2022). He has published in leading journals including the European Journal of International Law, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly and the Human Rights Quarterly. His article on the courts of armed groups was awarded the Journal of International Criminal Justice Giorgio La Pira prize and the Antonio Cassese prize. His work has been cited by, among others, the UK, Netherlands, and Israeli Supreme Courts, the International Criminal Court, the International Law Commission, and UN commissions of inquiry.

Sandesh advises and acts as an expert for a range of states, international organizations and non-governmental organizations. He is a member of the Reading Committee of the ICRC’s Commentaries on the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols, a member of the advisory board of Geneva Call, and was a member of the Core Group of Experts for the Oxford Guidance on the Law Relating to Humanitarian Relief Operations in Situations of Armed Conflict. He has also worked at the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Taught Courses

Libya, Fighters are seen in a house during an attack against militants. LLM - Course

Non State Armed Groups

This course considers the status, responsibilities, and entitlements of non-state armed groups in different branches of international law.

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Publications

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International Human Rights Law

2022

Sivakumaran Sandesh, Daniel Moeckli, Sangeeta Shah (eds.)

Oxford University Press

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Cases and Materials on International Law

2020

Sivakumaran Sandesh, David Harris

Sweet and Maxwell

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Asia-Pacific Perspectives on International Humanitarian Law

2019

Sivakumaran Sandesh, Suzannah Linton, Tim McCormack (eds)

Cambridge University Press

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The Law of Non-International Armed Conflict

August 2012

Sivakumaran Sandesh

Oxford University Press

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