Public International Law

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As a public international lawyer generalist, Anthea has written on a broad range of international law topics ranging from questions about the sources of international law (including the theory of customary international law, the role of national courts in creating and applying international law, and the theory and reality of the doctrine of sources) to topics on particular areas of international law (including human rights, jurisdiction and international humanitarian law). She also writes extensively on the investment treaty system and international economic law.


Introduction to the Symposium on Global Labs of International Commercial Dispute Resolution’, (2021) 115 American Journal of International Law Unbound 1

The Theory and Reality of the Doctrine of Sources’ in Malcolm Evans (ed), International Law (Oxford University Press, 2018) (with Sandesh Sivakumaran)

Law-Making by Non-State Actors: Engaging Armed Groups in the Creation of International Humanitarian Law’ (2012) 37 Yale Journal of International Law 107 (with Sandesh Sivakumaran)

Comparative International Law? The Role of National Courts in International Law’ (2011) 60 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 57

Who Killed Article 38(1)(b)? A Reply to Bradley and Gulati’ (2010) 21 Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law 173 (invited symposium contribution)

Legality vs. Legitimacy: Can Uses of Force be Illegal but Justified?’ in Philip Alston (ed.), Human Rights, Intervention and the Use of Force 179 (Oxford University Press, 2008)

The Emerging Recognition of Universal Civil Jurisdiction’ (2006) 100 American Journal of International Law 142 (with Donald Francis Donovan)

Righting Wrongs or Wronging Rights? The United States and Human Rights Post-September 11’ (2004) 15 European Journal of International Law 721

Traditional and Modern Approaches to Customary International Law: A Reconciliation’ (2001) 95 American Journal of International Law 757

Professor Anthea Roberts

Anthea Roberts, a Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), is an interdisciplinary researcher and legal scholar who focuses on new ways of thinking about complex and...

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