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Professor Noam Lubell

Position in departmentHead of School
Staff positionProfessor
Emailnlubell@essex.ac.uk
Telephone01206 872568
Fax3428
Room5S.6.1
Biography

Noam Lubell is a Professor in the School of Law, University of Essex, and was appointed Head of the School in January 2014. In past years he was a Lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway; the Co-Director of the International Law Amicus Curiae Clinic at the Concord Research Centre in Israel; and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He holds a Ph.D in Law and an LL.M, as well as a B.A. in Philosophy. He has taught courses on international human rights law and the laws of armed conflict in a number of academic institutions, including the University of Essex, the National University of Ireland, the University of Oxford, the Geneva Academy, and as a Visiting Professor at Case Western Reserve University in the US. Prof. Lubell holds the Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law, at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and is the Rapporteur of the International Law Association's Committee on the Use of Force.

In addition to his academic work, during the last fifteen years Prof. Lubell has worked for various organisations including human rights NGOs dealing with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, as Outreach Coordinator, International Law Advisor, and Director of a Prisoners & Detainees Project. He has also provided consultancies and training in human rights law and the laws of armed conflict, for international bodies such as Amnesty International, government bodies, and the BBC. From 2007-2011 he was a member of the Executive Committee of Amnesty International (Ireland). He has taught, researched and published on a variety of topics in the fields of international human rights law and the law of armed conflict. His recent book is 'Extraterritorial Force Against Non-state Actors' (Oxford University Press).

Teaching responsibilities

LW803: International Law Of Armed Conflict
LW804: Topics In The International Law Of Armed Conflict
LW901: International Human Rights Law
LW990: International Human Rights Law

Publications

Books:

Aggression and the Use of Force in International Law, co-editor with Sir Michael Wood (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014)

Extraterritorial Use of Force Against Non-State Actors (Oxford University Press, 2010, Oxford Monographs in International Law).

Medical Investigation and Documentation of Torture: A Handbook for Health Professionals, (co-author) University of Essex, Human Rights Centre, (September 2005).



Articles and Book Chapters:

‘The Contemporary Legal Nature of UN Security Council Ceasefire Resolutions', co-authored with C.Henderson, Leiden Journal of International Law, Volume 26, Issue 2, 2013.

‘Imminence in an Uncertain World’ in M. Weller (ed.), The Prohibition on the Use of Force (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013).

 ‘Lawful Targets in Cyber Operations: Does the Principle of Distinction Apply?’ International Law Studies, Volume 89, 2013.

‘The Global Battlefield: Drones and the Geographical Extension of Armed Conflict', co-authored with N.Derejko, Journal of International Criminal Justice, Volume 11 Issue 1, 2013.

‘The Impact of Human Rights Law’, co-authored with N.Prud’homme, in R. Liivoja and T. McCormack (eds.) Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict (Routledge, forthcoming 2013).

‘The War against Al-Qaeda’ in E. Wilmshurst (ed.), International Law and the Classification of Conflicts, (Oxford University Press, 2012).

‘Human Rights during Military Occupation’, Volume 94, Issue 885 International Review of the Red Cross 317, 2012.

‘What’s in a Name? The Categorisation of Individuals under the Law of Armed Conflict’, Volume 86, Journal of International Peace and Organization 83, 2011.

 ‘Still Waiting for the Goods to Arrive: The Delivery of Human Rights to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ in G. Gilbert, F. Hampson and C. Sandoval (eds.), The Delivery of Human Rights, (Routledge, 2010).

‘Parallel Application of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law: An Examination of the Debate’, 40 Israel Law Review 648, 2007.

‘Challenges in Applying Human Rights Law to Armed Conflict’, Volume 87, Issue 860 International Review of the Red Cross 737, 2005.

‘The ICJ Advisory Opinion and the Separation Barrier: A Troublesome Route’, 35 Israel Yearbook on Human Rights 283, 2005.

‘Selective Conscientious Objection in International Law: Refusing to Participate in a Specific Armed Conflict’, 20 Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 407, 2002.

Other Publications:

"Transnational Armed Conflicts", Bruges Colloquium (No. 40, 2010), published by the College of Europe and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Expert Opinion on the Involuntary Transfer of Palestinians from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip, submitted as an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of Israel (HCJ 4019/10).

"Key issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the viewpoint of international law: prepared for the independent panel appointed to review the impartiality of the BBC's coverage of the conflict" (February 2006).

"Protection of Civilians during IDF Military Operations in Urban Environments", Working Paper Series of Project on the Means of Intervention, Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Reports for Physicians for Human Rights-Israel on shackling of prisoners undergoing medical treatment; health in the Occupied Territories; reports on inspections of detention facilities.


A number of publications are available online here

Conferences/presentations

Selected Conference Papers & Presentations

‘The Applicability of the Law of Armed Conflict to Drug-related Violence’, Columbia University, (New York, 2013)

‘The ‘War’ against Al-Qaeda’, UK Defence Academy (Shrivenham, 2013)

‘Drones and the Global Battlefield’, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Geneva, 2013)

'Is the Current IHL Armed Conflict Classification Adequate?' conference organised by the College of Europe and the International Committee of the Red Cross (Bruges, 2012).

'Military Objectives in Cyber Warfare', conference organised by the US Naval War College (Newport, 2012).

'The Contemporary Legal Nature of UN Security Council Ceasefire Resolutions', conference organised by the International Law Association, British Branch (Nottingham, 2012).

'The Principle of Distinction on Future Battlefields', conference organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University (Jerusalem, 2012).

'Military Operations against Armed Groups in Foreign Territory', conference on regional and global security, The International Security Forum, convened by the Center for Security Studies (Zurich, 2011).

'Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations (from the Flotilla to Bin-Laden)’, guest speaker at the Public Law Forum, Hebrew University (Jerusalem 2011).

'Targeted Killings under the Law of Armed Conflict and the Rules on Resort to Force', meeting of experts and legal practitioners at Columbia University Law School (New York, 2011).

'Cyber-war as a form of Armed Conflict', 11th Bruges Colloquium, conference organised by the College of Europe and the International Committee of the Red Cross (Bruges, 2010).

'Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations', conference on the European Convention on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, organised by University College London, the London School of Economics and the International Committee of the Red Cross (London, 2009).

'Transnational Armed Conflicts', 10th Bruges Colloquium, conference organised by the College of Europe and the International Committee of the Red Cross (Bruges, 2009).

'Racial Discrimination in International Law', seminar organised by the EU-China Human Rights Network (Beijing, 2008).

'Administrative Detention during Armed Conflict and Occupation', meeting of experts organised by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Case Western Reserve University and the International Committee of the Red Cross (Cleveland, 2007).

'Violence, Resistance and Armed Hostilities during Occupation: The Legal Paradigms and their Implications', conference organised by the Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University (Jerusalem, 2007).

'Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights', Civil G8 Forum (Moscow, 2006).

'The Parallel Application of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law', conference organised by the Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University (Jerusalem, 2006).

'Human Rights Law during Military Occupation', 6th Bruges Colloquium, conference organised by the College of Europe and the International Committee of the Red Cross (Bruges, 2005).

'The Relationship between Humanitarian Law and Human Rights', conference marking the International Committee of the Red Cross study on customary international humanitarian law (Oslo, 2005).

'The Relationship between Humanitarian Law and Human Rights', official launch conference of the International Committee of the Red Cross study on customary international humanitarian law (The Hague, 2005).

 

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