Guglielmo Verdirame

Guglielmo Verdirame


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    Research interests

    Professor Verdirame is interested in Public International Law, Philosophy of international law/ relations and the interaction between law and strategy.

    In Public International Law, his interests lie in: the use of force and the laws of war; human rights and forced displacement; national security law; international organisations; international criminal law; energy, oil and the protection of foreign investment; and the settlement of international disputes.

    In Philosophy of international law/relations, Professor Verdirame’s research focus is on: just war; theory of the state and sovereignty; liberalism; German and British idealism.

    On the interaction between law and strategy, Professor Verdirame’s work examines the concept of lawfare, non-proliferation and counter-proliferation.




    • Law and Conflict in International Society
    • International Law and War
    • Political Philosophy and International Law
    • Public International Law
    • International Arbitration

    Biographical details

    Guglielmo Verdirame is Professor of International Law. He joined King’s in September 2011 as part of The Dickson Poon School of Law and the Department of War Studies. 

    Before coming to King’s, Professor Verdirame was a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (2003-2011); a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford (2000-2003); and a Research Officer at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford (1997-98). He was Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School in the Spring Semester of 2015, and held visiting positions at Harvard Law School in 2006-07.

    Professor Verdirame is a practising Barrister at 20 Essex Street chambers. His practice includes both commercial (e.g. investment arbitration) and non-commercial aspects of public international law (e.g. inter-state disputes, immunities, human rights). 

    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


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