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Mr Niko Pavlopoulos

Teaching Fellow in Public International Law in the Durham Law School

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Niko joined Durham Law School as a Teaching Fellow in Public International Law in September 2019. Prior to this, he taught international law at University College London and the University of Surrey. Niko is also a PhD candidate at University College of London, Faculty of Laws. Working under the supervision of Professor Roger O’Keefe, Niko’s thesis concerns itself with the international legal framework regulating the identity of governments of states.

As reflected in his publications, Niko maintains an active research interest in several areas of international law, including foundational topics such as the law on statehood, the right to self-determination, and the relationship between international and domestic law, as well as in sub-fields, for example on matters of international criminal law.

Niko holds an LLM in International Law (Distinction, 2015) from UCL, and an LLB from the University of Southampton (First Class Honours, 2014), having undertaken a year abroad at KU Leuven (Belgium). He has previously worked for the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, and the Media Legal Defence Initiative. He has also been a research associate to academics, practitioners, and H.E. Judge Crawford of the International Court of Justice.


Authored publications

Peer-reviewed articles and encyclopedic entries

• ‘Chagos (Advisory Opinion)’, in Wolfrum (ed) Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (OUP, forthcoming)

• (with Sir Michael Wood) ‘North Macedonia’, in Wolfrum (ed), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (OUP 2019) (8,980 words)

• ‘South Africa’s Failure to Arrest President al-Bashir: An Analysis of the Supreme Court’s Decision and its Implications’ (2016) 49 Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa 164–81

Contributions to edited collections

• ‘C. Warbrick, Recognition of States, 1992’ in Barrett and Gauci (eds), British Contributions to International Law, 1915-2015 (Brill, forthcoming)

Blog posts
• ‘Ukrainian Eurobonds and Russia’s Compliance with International Law: Matters Suitable for Summary Judgment in English Courts?’ EJIL:Talk!, 9 October 2018

• ‘South Africa’s Withdrawal: A Lesson Learned?’ EJIL:Talk!, 6 December 2016

Book reviews
• ‘The Thin Justice of International Law: The Moral Reckoning of the Law of Nations by Steven R Ratner’
(2016) 65 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 971–2

Academic conference papers and presentations

• Society of Legal Scholars, 110th Annual Conference (Preston, September 2019)
• International Law Association, 78th Biennial Conference (Sydney, August 2018)
• Asian Society of International Law, Symposium on Effective Control (Beijing, November 2017)
• Laureate Program in International Law, 1917: Revolutions and International Law (Melbourne, August 2017)

Teaching and administration


At Durham Law School, Niko teaches on the Public International Law (LLB) and International Human Rights (LLB) modules. He is also the sole convenor of, and seminar leader on, the Fundamental Issues in International Legal Governance (LLM) module.

Prior to joining Durham Law School, Niko was a lecturer and tutor for an undegraduate public international law module at the University College London, Faculty of Laws and the postgraduate War and International Law module at University College London's School of Public Policy. Niko has also convened an LLB public international law module at the University of Surrey.

Administration and academic citizenship

Niko is an active member of his academic commmunity, contributing both to the academic institutions of which he is a member and beyond. At Durham Law School, he is actively contributing to a student-led conference. At UCL, he was, among other things, a Co-ordinator for the UCL Public International Law Pro Bono Project and co-Academic Editor of the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. Niko also taught prospective law students as part of a university-wide Widening Access and Participation initiative. Niko has also served as a Regional Co-ordinator for the Digest of Practice of the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law, and retains a regular involvement with the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court competition.

Research Interests

  • International criminal law
  • International human rights law
  • Public international law
  • The law of international organisations
  • The relationship between domestic law and international law