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Dr Antonio Coco

Senior Lecturer
Essex Law School
Dr Antonio Coco

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Biography

Antonio joined the School of Law at University of Essex in January 2020. Antonio holds a PhD in Law from the University of Geneva (summa cum laude, 2019), an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy (summa cum laude, 2012) and a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Catania (summa cum laude, 2010). He researches and publishes in the fields of Public International Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Law applicable to Information and Communication Technologies. His academic works have been widely cited, most notably by the International Criminal Court and by the United Nations International Law Commission's Special Rapporteur on Crimes Against Humanity. Since January 2020, he is also the Co-Chair of the Journal of International Criminal Justice’s Editorial Committee, of which he had been a member since September 2015. The Journal, published by Oxford University Press, is one of the top law reviews in the field of international law. Antonio is regularly invited to deliver lectures and present his research at conferences, workshops, talks and other types of academic events, among the others organized by the American Society of International Law and the European Society of International Law. Antonio is a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford), a member of the Expert Group on 'Mens Rea' for the research project 'Rethinking Secondary Liability for International Crimes' at the University of Amsterdam, and a member of the Sino-European Working Group on the Application of International Law to Cyberspace. In 2019, Antonio was the University of Oxford's delegate to the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Cybersecurity. Prior to moving to Essex, Antonio was a Departmental Lecturer in Public International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, starting in October 2017, and a a Junior Research Fellow at St. Peter's College (Oxford). At Oxford he conducted lectures, seminars and tutorials in a variety of courses related to public international law and criminal law. Between September 2012 and September 2017 Antonio was a Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy, teaching tutorials in a multitude of courses covering aspects of international law related to armed conflicts, including most notably international criminal law. From February 2016 to January 2017, Antonio was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School, thanks to the “Doc.Mobility” fellowship awarded to him at the end of a competitive process by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Previously, he had worked as a legal assistant to the Special Rapporteur on Protection of Persons in the event of Disasters at the UN International Law Commission (2012), at the non-governmental organization TRIAL International (2012) and at the Chambers of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (2010). Antonio is admitted to practice law in Italy, where he has worked as defence counsel in criminal trials.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Law University of Geneva, (2019)

  • LLM Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, (2012)

  • Master's Degree in Law University of Catania, (2010)

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Law Scool, University of Essex (2/1/2020 - present)

Other academic

  • Visiting Fellow, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford (1/9/2019 - present)

  • Junior Research Fellow, St Peter's College (1/9/2019 - 30/8/2020)

  • Departmental Lecturer, University of Oxford (1/10/2017 - 31/8/2019)

  • Teaching Assistant, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (1/9/2012 - 30/9/2017)

  • Visiting Researcher, Law School, Harvard University (1/2/2016 - 31/1/2017)

  • Visiting Lecturer, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (1/9/2018 - 31/8/2020)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Public International Law

Open to supervise

International Criminal Law

Open to supervise

International Law applicable to Information and Communication Technologies, and in Cyberspace

Open to supervise

International Humanitarian Law

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Approaches to War, Culture and Society (HR962)

  • Introduction to Public International Law (LW218)

  • Foundation Essay (LW531)

  • Dissertation (LW600)

  • Foundation Essay (LW617)

  • International Law of the Sea (LW622)

  • International Criminal Law (LW805)

  • Conflict and the United Nations: the Law related to the Use of Force, Sanctions and Peacekeeping (LW806)

  • Dissertation (LW900)

  • Public International Law (LW902)

  • Academic Skills in International Law (LW949)

  • Dissertation (LW985)

  • Foundation Essay (LW997)

  • Legal Research Skills (LW254)

  • Dissertation - Law, Environment and Sustainability (LW532)

Publications

Journal articles (14)

Coco, A., (2023). Exploring the Impact of Automation Bias and Complacency on Individual Criminal Responsibility for War Crimes. Journal of International Criminal Justice. 21 (4), mqad034-

Akande, D., Coco, A. and de Souza Dias, T., (2022). Drawing the Cyber Baseline: The Applicability of Existing International Law to the Governance of Information and Communication Technologies. International Law Studies. 99, 4-36

Coco, A., Dias, T. and van Benthem, T., (2022). Illegal: The SolarWinds Hack under International Law. European Journal of International law. 33 (4), 1275-1286

Coco, A., (2022). Standing Up for Justice: The Challenges of Trying Atrocity Crimes. By Theodor Meron. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2021. Pp. xii, 347. Index.. American Journal of International Law. 116 (2), 463-468

Coco, A. and de Souza Dias, T., (2021). ‘Cyber Due Diligence’: A Patchwork of Protective Obligations in International Law. European Journal of International law. 32 (3), 771-806

Coco, A. and de Souza Dias, T., (2020). Prevent, Respond, Cooperate: States’ Due Diligence Duties vis-à-vis the Covid-19 Pandemic. Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies. 11 (2), 218-236

Coco, A., de Hemptinne, J. and Lander, B., (2019). International Law Against Starvation in Armed Conflict. Journal of International Criminal Justice. 17 (4), 913-923

Coco, A., de Hemptinne, J. and Lander, B., (2019). Foreword. Journal of International Criminal Justice. 17 (4), 673-674

Coco, A., (2018). The Universal Duty to Establish Jurisdiction over, and Investigate, Crimes Against Humanity: Preliminary Remarks on Draft Articles 7, 8, 9 and 11 by the International Law Commission. Journal of International Criminal Justice. 16 (4), 751-774

Coco, A. and Cross, ME., (2017). Epilogue — The ICC on the yellow brick road. Journal of International Criminal Justice. 15 (3), 593-596

Cross, ME. and Coco, A., (2017). Foreword. Journal of International Criminal Justice. 15 (3), 407-412

Coco, A. and Gal, T., (2014). Losing Direction: The ICTY Appeals Chamber's Controversial Approach to Aiding and Abetting in Perišić. Journal of International Criminal Justice. 12 (2), 345-366

Coco, A., (2013). I divieti di trasferimento ai sensi degli articoli 6 e 7 del Trattato sul commercio delle armi. Rivista di Diritto Internazionale. 96 (4), 1221-1243

Coco, A., (2013). The Mark of Cain: The Crime of Terrorism in Times of Armed Conflict as Interpreted by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in R v. Mohammed Gul. Journal of International Criminal Justice. 11 (2), 425-440

Books (1)

Coco, A., (2022). The Defence of Mistake of Law in International Criminal Law: A Study on Ignorance and Blame. Oxford University Press. 0192895745. 9780192895745

Book chapters (13)

Coco, A. and Dias, T., (2023). ‘Handle with Care’: Due Diligence Obligations in the Employment of AI Technologies. In: Handbook on Warfare and Artificial Intelligence. Editors: Geiss, R. and Lahmann, H., . Edward Elgar

Coco, A., (2023). Domesticating the ICC Statute: A global perspective. In: Domesticating International Criminal Law: Reflections on the Italian and German Experiences. Routledge. 110- 121. 1032341955. 9781032341958

Coco, A., (2023). Article 13: Exercise of Jurisdiction. In: Commentary on the Law of the International Criminal Court: The Statute. Editors: Klamberg, M., Nilsson, J. and Angotti, A., . TOAEP. 501- 529. 978-82-8348-204-1

Coco, A. and de Souza Dias, T., (2020). Cyber Due Diligence in Public Health Crises. In: Covid-19, Law and Human Rights : Essex Dialogues. A Project of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre. Editors: Ferstman, C. and Fagan, A., . University of Essex. 297- 307. 978-1-5272-6632-2

Abrusci, E., Coco, A., de Souza Dias, T., Guinchard, A. and Rau, S., (2020). Big Data and Technology: A Discussion. In: Covid-19, Law and Human Rights : Essex Dialogues. A Project of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre. Editors: Ferstman, C. and Fagan, A., . University of Essex. 267- 268. 978-1-5272-6632-2

Coco, A., Kotzamani, P., Van Ho, T. and Wong, M., (2020). Accountability: A Discussion. In: Covid-19, Law and Human Rights : Essex Dialogues. A Project of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre. Editors: Ferstman, C. and Fagan, A., . University of Essex. 309- 310. 978-1-5272-6632-2

Coco, A., (2019). Instigation. In: Modes of Liability in International Criminal Law. Editors: de Hemptinne, J., Roth, R. and van Sliedregt, E., . Cambridge University Press. 257- 283. 9781108678957

Coco, A., (2018). Individual criminal responsibility. In: Companion to International Humanitarian Law. Editors: Djukić, D. and Pons, N., . Brill/Martinus Nijhoff. 412- 414. 978-90-04-34200-2

Coco, A., (2018). Terrorism (IHL). In: The Companion to International Humanitarian Law. Editors: Djukić, D. and Pons, N., . Brill/Martinus Nijhoff. 680- 683. 978-90-04-34200-2

Coco, A., (2017). Article 13, ICC Statute — Commentary. In: Commentary on the Law of the International Criminal Court. Editors: Klamberg, M., . TOAEP

Coco, A. and Maillart, J-B., (2015). The conflict with Islamic State: A critical review of international legal issues. In: The War Report: Armed Conflict in 2014. Editors: Bellal, A., . Oxford University Press. 388- 419. 9780198766063

Coco, A. and De Luca, A., (2011). Il diritto d'asilo in Italia - Aspetti problematici (The Right to Asylum in Italy - Problematic issues). In: Temi di ricerca per la tutela dei Diritti Umani. Editors: Di Cataldo, V. and Patané, V., . Giappichelli. 167- 182. 8834819152. 978-8834819159

Coco, A., De Luca, A., Mascolino, B. and Puleio, E., (2011). Le Lacune del Diritto Internazionale Umanitario (The Gaps of International Humanitarian Law). In: Temi di ricerca per la tutela dei Diritti Umani. Editors: Di Cataldo, V. and Patané, V., . Giappichelli. 415- 430. 8834819152. 978-8834819159

Reports and Papers (1)

Urs, P., Dias, T., Coco, A. and Akande, D., (2023). The International Law Protections against Cyber Operations Targeting the Healthcare Sector

Other (1)

Coco, A. and Cross, M., (2017).Special Issue: The International Criminal Court’s Policies and Strategies. Journal of International Criminal Justice. 15(3),Oxford University Press

Grants and funding

2023

The Challenges of International Law-Making for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies

Modern Law Review

Contact

antonio.coco@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874748

Location:

5S.6.28, Colchester Campus

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