Dr Nathan Derejko

School of Law
Visiting Fellow
School of Law
Visiting Fellow
School of Law
Dr Nathan Derejko



Dr Nathan Derejko is a Lecturer in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre. Nathan’s research and teaching interests span three interrelated fields: international human rights law, the law of armed conflict, and the use of force under the jus ad bellum. He has a particular interest in the applicability and application of human rights during armed conflict, counter-terrorism and human rights, and the law and practice of non-international armed conflicts. Nathan is currently researching siege warfare during non-international armed conflicts, and armed violence in Mexico. Nathan’s research has been published in leading academic journals, and has been cited by a number of United Nations agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Nathan’s monograph, Identifying Non-International Armed Conflicts in International Law and Practice, is currently under contact with Cambridge University Press. He also has an article, A Forever War? Rethinking the Temporal Scope of Non-International Armed Conflict, forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict and Security Law. Previously, Nathan was the Director of the multidisciplinary Masters in Human Rights Programme at University College London (UCL), and the Director of the University of Essex Human Rights Clinic. He has also guest lectured at the International Institute of International Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy, and the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway. Nathan has also worked with a number of human rights and humanitarian organisations in Canada, Europe, East Africa and the Middle East, including the Canadian Red Cross, Al-Haq, and the Civic Coalition for Jerusalem. He also remains actively engaged outside of academia, and has participated in expert meetings, delivered advanced training sessions for military personnel and government agencies, supported strategic litigation efforts in Europe and the Middle East, and continues to serve as an expert member for various NGO committees, and is currently on the Defend Digital Me Advisory Council, an NGO focused on children’s rights to privacy and family life. Nathan has a PhD in International Law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Ireland Galway, and a BA in Political Science (Double Major in International Development and International Relations) from Dalhousie University in Canada. Nathan Tweets at @NathanDerejko

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Human Rights: Theories and Applications (HU901)

  • International Law of Armed Conflict (LW803)

  • Human Rights Organisations: International and Regional Institutions (HU200)

  • The Protection of Human Rights in Armed Conflict and Situations of Acute Crisis (LW808)

  • Conflict and the UN: Law Relating to the Use of Force, Peacekeeping, Sanctions & Counter Terrorism (LW806)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)


Journal articles (1)

Lubell, N. and Derejko, N., (2013). A global battlefield?: Drones and the geographical scope of armed conflict. Journal of International Criminal Justice. 11 (1), 65-88



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