Philippa Webb

Philippa Webb

Professor

  • Professor of Law, Laws
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    Research interests

    Dr Webb’s research interests are in public international law, including all aspects of immunities, international dispute settlement, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and the law of international organisations. Her books include Oppenheim's International Law: United Nations (2017, with Dame Rosalyn Higgins QC, Dapo Akande, Sandy Sivakumran, James Sloan), The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law (2018, with Amal Clooney), The Law of State Immunity (with Lady Hazel Fox QC) (2015), International Judicial Integration and Fragmentation (2015, 2013), the complete travaux préparatoires of the Genocide Convention (2008) (with Hirad Abtahi). She is currently working on research projects related the law of State immunity and the right to a fair trial. 

    Watch Philippa Webb discuss Oppenheim's International Law United Nations (2017):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adZgkod-DMY&t=10s

     

    Teaching

    Undergraduate

    •  Public International Law

    Research interests (short)

    Public international law, including all aspects of immunities, international dispute settlement, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and the law of international organisations

    Biographical details

    Dr Philippa Webb is Reader (Associate Professor) in Public International Law. She joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in 2012 after a decade in international legal practice. She was previously visiting Assistant Professor in the Advanced LLM Programme at Leiden University (2009-2011). She has been Visiting Professor at Université Paris X Nanterre, ESADE Law School and Pepperdine University’s London programme.

    Dr Webb holds a doctorate (JSD) and an LLM from Yale Law School. She obtained the University Medal in her LLB and the University Medal and First Class Honours in her BA (Asian Studies), both of which were awarded by the University of New South Wales in Australia.

    Dr Webb has extensive experience in international courts and tribunals. She served as the Special Assistant and Legal Officer to Judge Rosalyn Higgins during her Presidency of the International Court of Justice (2006-2009) and, prior to that, as the Judicial Clerk to Judges Higgins and Owada (2004-2005). She was the Associate Legal Adviser to Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo at the International Criminal Court (2005-2006).

    She is on the International Advisory Panel for the American Law Institute’s project Restatement Fourth, Foreign Relations Law of the United States. Dr Webb has served as legal advisor to the Inquiry launched by United Nations human rights rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC into the use of drones in counter-terrorism operations. She was elected as co-convenor of the International Law Section of the Society of Legal Scholars for 2014-17 and to the Board of the European Society of International Law for 2016-2020.

    Dr Webb has worked at the UN Secretariat in New York and in the Sydney and Tokyo offices of an international law firm. She speaks French and Japanese. 

    Dr Webb is the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes. She has previously  served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Mooting in the School of Law. 

    She is a member of Public International Law Advisory Panel, British Institute for International and Comparative Law, a Board Member of the Young Public International Law Group, and Board Member of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

    Dr Webb is also a barrister at 20 Essex Street Chambers and appears before the English courts and international courts in cases involving public international law. 

    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 1 - No Poverty
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctor of Laws, Judicial Integration and Fragmentation in the International Legal System, Yale University

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

    Master of Laws, Yale University

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

    Bachelor of Arts, UNSW University of New South Wales

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

    Bachelor of Laws, UNSW University of New South Wales

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

    Keywords

    • KZ Law of Nations
    • International Law
    • International courts
    • Dispute settlement
    • Immunity
    • Human rights
    • Humanitarian law
    • United Nations
    • Fair trial

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