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Dr Meagan Wong

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School of Law
Dr Meagan Wong
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    4SB.5.22, Colchester Campus

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Biography

Dr Meagan Wong joined Essex Law School in October 2016. Dr Wong has a PhD in Public International Law from the University of Leiden (2016). While conducting her doctoral research, she held the positions of Visiting D.Phil candidate at the University of Oxford; and Visiting Scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge. She has an LLM in Public International Law from University College London (UCL), and an LLB (Hons) Law from Leeds University. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills (City University) and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple). Meagan is a generalist public international lawyer with several specialist interests. She has published on generalist aspects of international law such as the Law of Treaties; State responsibility; International Organizations Law; and International Dispute Settlement; and has also published in the subfields of International Law of the Sea, International Environmental Law, International Criminal Law, and the Law on the use of force. She has been invited to lecture on law of the sea issues to senior governmental and military officials. She has also advised governments on various matters relating to the law of treaties, international criminal law and general international law: in particular, the crime of aggression, immunities of state officials from foreign jurisdiction, complementarity, the amendment process to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), as well as technical drafting of domestic legislation in relation to the incorporation of international law. Notably, she participated in a session of the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC Statute as an accredited Advisor to the government of Liechtenstein, on matters pertaining to the ratification and implementation of the amendments concerning the crime of aggression. She is the author of a forthcoming monograph with Cambridge University Press, entitled Responsibility of States and Individuals: Aggression and the International Criminal Court, and was recently invited by the Colombian Academy of International Law to give an Inaugural Lecture on the title of the monograph at the premises of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in 2020. Meagan has taught a variety of generalist and specialist international law courses. She has convened and taught LLM International Law of the Sea at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) in 2015-2016, and recently guest lectured at a specialized postgraduate course for professionals in law of the sea at Rosaria University, Colombia. She has also given guest lectures on the Law of Treaties at QMUL and Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea; International Environmental Law; the Law of Natural Resources at QMUL; the Law of International Organizations at the University of Bologna, Italy; International Criminal Law at Católica Global School of Law, Portugal, QMUL, and Sunkyunkwan University; the Law of United Nations at Sungkyunkwan University; Global Constitutional Law at the University of Bologna, and Public International Law at University of Bologna and Sungkyunkwan University. Dr Wong welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Public International Law Leiden University,

  • LLM in Public International Law University College London,

  • LLB Law University of Leeds,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

International Criminal Law

The Law on the Use of Force

International Law of the Sea

International Environmental Law

Law of Treaties

State responsibility

The Law of International Organizations

International dispute settlement

Conferences and presentations

Responsibility of States and Individuals: Aggression at the International Criminal Court

Invited presentation, Invited research seminar, University of Bologna, Italy, 9/10/2020

Responsibility of States and Individuals: Aggression at the International Criminal Court

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Inaugural Lecture, Special Jurisdiction for Peace, Colombia, 26/2/2020

The curious case of the crime of aggression

Invited presentation, Seminar in International Law, Bologna, Italy, 9/4/2019

A legal framework for Marine Protected Areas in the High Seas: The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea’s legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction

London International Boundaries Conference 2019, London, United Kingdom, 3/4/2019

The Crime of Aggression at the International Criminal Court: issues of State responsibility and individual criminal responsibility’

Invited presentation, Grotius Dialogue series, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden, Netherlands, 20/3/2018

Future perspectives on the crime of aggression at the International Criminal Court

Invited presentation, Annual Conference of the Association for Defence Counsel practicising before International Criminal Tribunals at the Hague, Association for Defence Counsel practising before International Criminal Tribunals at the Hague, The Hague, Netherlands, 9/12/2017

'Implementation of international crimes in domestic legislation: practical issues', at Challenges in International Law, Petru Maior, University of Tirgu-Mures, Romania, 18 March 2016.

Invited presentation, Târgu Mureş, Romania, 2016

Individual criminal responsibility for violations of jus ad bellum under customary international law: from Nuremberg to Kampala, at The Historical Origins of International Criminal Law, New Delhi, India, 29 and 30 November 2014 (Forum for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law, European University Institute, Peking University)

New Delhi, India, 2014

The victim of the crime of aggression: The interplay between international criminal law, jus ad bellum and jus in bello, atArmed Conflicts & Aggression: Issues of State and Individual Responsibility Visiting Fellows Roundtable Panel, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, 14 May 2013

Invited presentation, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2013

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Tort Law (LW201)

  • Selected Issues in Public International Law (LW219)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)

  • International Law of the Sea (LW622)

  • International Criminal Law (LW805)

  • Public International Law (LW902)

Publications

Journal articles (4)

Wong, M., (2020). The activation of the International Criminal Court's jurisdiction over the crime of aggression: International institutional law and dispute settlement perspectives. International Community Law Review. 22 (2), 197-234

Wong, MS., (2019). Claus Kreß and Stefan Barriga (eds), The Crime of Aggression: A Commentary. Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 24 (2), 423-429

Wong, MS., (2016). Ratifying the Amendments to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on the Crime of Aggression. Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law Online. 19 (1), 176-215

Wong, MS., (2012). Targeted Killings and the International Legal Framework: With Particular Reference to the US Operation against Osama Bin Laden. Chinese Journal of International Law. 11 (1), 127-163

Books (1)

Wong, M. and Hadgett, R., (2015). Transparency in International Investment Arbitration. Cambridge University Press. 9781139939577

Book chapters (7)

Wong, MS. and Elias, O., Environmental Impact Assessment. In: Research Handbook on International Environmental Law 2nd edition. Editors: Fitzmaurice, M., Ong, D. and Merkouris, P., . Edward Elgar

Wong, M., (2020). The Law of State Responsibility and the Covid-19 Pandemic. 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. 321- 330. 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

Wong, M. and Elias, O., (2018). Our Oceans our livelihoods: The World Bank and Oceans Governance. In: Comprehensive Study on Effective and Sustainable Global Ocean Governance - Report 2: UN Specialized Agencies and Global Ocean Governance. Editors: Attard, D., Fitzmaurice, M. and Ntovas, A., . Oxford University Press. 322- 338

Wong, MS., (2017). United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982. In: Multilateral Environmental Treaties. Editors: Fitzmaurice, M., Tanzi, A. and Papantoniou, A., . Edward Elgar. 145- 165

Wong, MS., (2017). The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic 1992. In: Multilateral Environmental Treaties. Editors: Fitzmaurice, M., Tanzi, A. and Papantoniou, A., . Edward Elgar. 189- 198

Wong, MS., (2015). Individual criminal responsibility for violations of jus ad bellum under customary international law: from Nuremberg to Kampala. In: The Historical Origins of International Criminal Law. Editors: Bergsmo, M., Cheah, WL., Song, T. and Ping, Y., . Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher. 587- 628

Contact

meagan.wong@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 876192

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4SB.5.22, Colchester Campus

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