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Dr Meagan Wong

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School of Law
Dr Meagan Wong
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Biography

Dr Meagan Wong joined Essex Law School in October 2016 and is the Founding Director of the LLM in International Law degree. Dr Wong holds a PhD in Public International Law from the University of Leiden (2016). Whilst conducting her doctoral research, she was admitted to the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford as a Recognised Student (Visiting D.Phil candidate) 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. Dr Wong is a generalist public international lawyer with several specialist interests which are reflected in her research interests and practice. She has advised States on a broad set of issues of public international law, including the law of treaties, jurisdiction, international institutional law, and the relationship between international law and national law. On international criminal law, she has advised States on several matters including issues pertaining to immunities of state officials and 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 a government delegation on matters pertaining to the ratification and implementation of the amendments concerning the crime of aggression. In relation to the law of the sea, she has been invited to speak to senior navy and government officials on various issues. Dr Wong has published on canonical aspects of generalist public international law such as the law of treaties, jurisdiction, international institutional law, State responsibility, as well as dispute settlement, and on specialist areas of international law such as the law on the use of force, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international environmental law, and the international law of the sea. 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. She is also the author of a Cases & Materials in International Environmental Law book forthcoming with Edward Elgar co-authored with Malgosia Fitzmuarice and Joseph Crampin. Dr Meagan Wong 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. Together with Dr Emily Jones, she is the co-founder, co-host and co-convenor of the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series.

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

International dispute settlement

International Institutional Law

Conferences and presentations

Sea-level rise and multilateralism

Asian Society of International Law 8TH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE, Asian Society of International Law, 26/5/2021

Marine Biodiversity and International Law

Invited presentation, São Paulo, Cambridge University Brazilian Alumni, Cambridge University Brazilian Alumni, Brazil, 22/2/2021

Whether customary international law prohibits exploitation in a disputed maritime area and, if so, under what conditions

Invited presentation, Transboundary Unitisation and Delimitation, Virtual Seminar, London, United Kingdom, 10/6/2020

Inaugural lecture: 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

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

Invited presentation, Invited research seminar, University of Bologna, Italy, 9/10/2019

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

  • Introduction to Public International Law (LW218)

  • International Law of the Sea (LW622)

  • International Criminal Law (LW805)

  • Public International Law (LW902)

Publications

Journal articles (5)

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, M., (2013). Stefan Barriga and Claus Kre  (eds), Crime of Aggression Library The Travaux Preparatoires of the Crime of Aggression.. Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 18 (2), 357-361

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

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
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4SB.5.22, Colchester Campus

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