Dr Xavier Aurey

School of Law
Dr Xavier Aurey
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872621

  • Location

    4SB.6.8, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Wednesday 10am-12pm



Dr Xavier Aurey is a lecturer in French Public Law and International Human Rights Law. After being awarded a PhD in International Law in September 2015 (University Pantheon-Assas Paris 2, France PhD prize from the University 2016), Xavier spent a year on a post-doctoral position at the University of Angers (France) to study gender discriminations in a comparative constitutional law approach. In his PhD dissertation, he has questioned the capacity of the traditional human rights framework to protect individuals from exploitation in the biomedical field. He has demonstrated that, in the biomedical economy, when there is a lack of transparency and unjust collective benefits sharing, the implementation of universal principles such as dignity and autonomy is never sufficient to protect the most vulnerable from exploitation. Since 2006, Xavier has been involved in teaching French Public Law, International and European Human Rights Law, and French Public Liberties at the University of Caen Normandie (France). Realizing that French law students can greatly benefit from Clinical Legal Education, he established in 2009 the first French law clinic focused on human rights and has developed since 2013 a Francophone network for clinical legal education ( As an international consultant, he worked in January 2017 for the OSCE on an access to justice programme to develop a law clinic in Mitrovice, Kosovo.


  • Licence (University of Caen Normandie - France)

  • Master's degree in Legal Philosophy (University Pantheon-Assas Paris - France)

  • LLM International Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (University Pantheon-Assas Paris - France)

  • PhD International Human Rights Law (University Pantheon-Assas Paris - France)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, School of Law, University of Essex (1/11/2017 - present)

Other academic

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Université d'Angers (15/9/2016 - 15/6/2017)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

International Human Rights Law

Open to supervise

Clinical Legal Education

Open to supervise

Comparative public law

Key words: public service
Open to supervise

Current research

Study on the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law (ICCPR, art. 16)

Law clinics and access to law and justice in Western Africa

Conferences and presentations

Intérêts et limites de l’accès en ligne au droit

Invited presentation, Universités et accès au droit dans l'espace francophone, Lomé, Togo, 6/3/2018

The Nuremberg Doctors’ Trial: 70 Years After

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, International Criminal Law Conference, Gary, United States, 4/12/2017

Les cliniques juridiques comme innovations mixtes en enseignement et recherche

Invited presentation, General Assembly of the Quebec Society for International Law, Quebec Society for International Law, Montreal, Canada, 24/11/2017

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • French Constitutional Law (LW106)

  • French Administrative Law (LW206)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)

  • International Environmental Law (LW356)


Journal articles (4)

Aurey, X., Les Cliniques juridiques, histoire d’un projet plus que centenaire. Lexbase Hebdo Edition Professions (295)

Aurey, X., (2017). The Nuremberg Doctors’ Trial: Looking Back 70 Years Later. International Criminal Law Review. 17 (6), 1049-1069

Aurey, X., (2009). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Armed Conflicts: from Fragmentation to Complexity. Anuário Brasileiro de Direito Internacional. 4 (2), 48-67

Aurey, X., (2009). Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme et conflits armés. Cahier de la Recherche sur les Droits Fondamentaux. 7, 49-61

Books (1)

Aurey, X., (2015). Les Cliniques Juridiques. Presses Universitaires de Caen. 978-2-84133-749-1

Book chapters (8)

Aurey, XJA., La Convention Européenne des Droits de l’Homme et les Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication. In: Commentaire de la Convention Europénne des Droits de l’Homme. Editors: Boumghar, M., . Pedone

Aurey, X., (2020). Chapter 13 - From the Martens Clause to Consent to Human Experimentations, the Legal Journey of the Judges during the Nuremberg Doctors’ Trial. In: Biolaw and International Criminal Law. Editors: Fournet, C. and Matwijkiw, A., . Brill. 317- 337. 978-90-04-36443-1

Aurey, X., (2020). Chapitre 8. La manifestation sous état d’urgence : de la déclaration à l’interdiction. In: LA LIBERTÉ DE MANIFESTATION. Du XIXème siècle aux Gilets jaunes. Editors: Letteron, R., . Sorbonne Université Presses. 979-10231-0681-7

Aurey, X., (2019). Article 27 - Défaut de pertinence de la qualité officielle. In: Statut de Rome de la Cour pénale internationale - Commentaire article par article. Editors: Fernandez, J., Pacreau, X. and Ubéda-Saillard, M., . Pedone. 978 2 233 00925-8

Aurey, XJA., (2018). Law Clinics in France through the prism of the Fundamental Rights Law Clinic. In: Reinventing Legal Education - How Clinical Education is Reforming Law Teaching and Practice in Europe. Editors: Alemano, A. and Khadar, L., . Cambridge University Press. 9781107163041

Aurey, XJA., (2017). Disparitions forcées et droit à la reconnaissance de la personnalité juridique. In: Réciprocité et Universalité: Sources et Régimes du Droit International des Droits de l’Homme. Mélanges en l’Honneur du Professeur Emmanuel Decaux. Pedone. 487- 506. 978-2-233-00849-7

Aurey, XJA., (2012). Le droit international pénal de la bioéthique. In: Droit International Pénal. Editors: Decaux, E., Ascencio, H. and Pellet, A., . Pedone. 261- 276

Aurey, XJA., (2012). Article 27 - Défaut de pertinence de la qualité officielle. In: Statut de Rome de la Cour pénale internationale, commentaire article par article. Editors: Fernandez, J. and Pacreau, X., . Pedone. 843- 861

Grants and funding


Development of online course on clinical legal education

ENABEL (Belgian Development Agency)

+44 (0) 1206 872621


4SB.6.8, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Wednesday 10am-12pm

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