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Dr James Summers

Dr James Summers

Lecturer

LA1 4YN


Tel: +44 1524 594511

Affiliations

Law School
Human Rights Forum
Centre for Law and Society

Dr Summers' research interests lie generally in international law and its construction. He has particular interests in the field of peoples' rights, self-determination and statehood and the related cross-disciplinary topic of nationalism. Dr Summers also have interests in the use of force and the laws of war, in international organisations and international environmental law

PhD Supervision Interests

Dr Summers is happy to supervise projects in any field of international law, but particularly areas in the field of peoples' rights, the use of force and international institutional law.

Current Teaching

Undergraduate

LAW 257 International Law I

Postgraduate

LLM 220 Rights of Peoples, Minorities and Indigenous Peoples

LLM 221 The Law of International Organisations and Institutions

LLM 236 International Criminal Law

Doctoral Supervision

Abdulmohsen Alothman

Pataramon Satalak

Bo Long

Alex Gough

Profile

Career details

Dr. James Summers lectures in international law and is the Director of the Centre for International Law and Human Rights at Lancaster University. He completed his doctorate at the University of Helsinki and has taught international law at the universities of Liverpool, Hull and Zambia. He lives in Lancaster with his wife and three children.

Editorial Roles

I have been a review editor for the Princeton Encylopedia of Self-determination and Associate Editor for the Finnish Yearbook of International Law.

I have written the self-determination entry for Oxford Bibliographies Online.

Media

I am available for interviews on issues relating to international law and international affairs, especially national and ethnic conflicts.

Previous Media

BBC Radio 4. World Tonight Programme (on the future of the laws of war), 24 May 2016

BBC Radio 5 Live; BBC Radio Scotland and BBC local radio (John Kerry accuses IS of genocide), 17 March 2016.

BBC Radio 5 Live; BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Local radio (Report into killing of Alexander Litvinenko), 21 January 2016.

LBC; Deutsche Welle; BBC Radio Lancashire; BBC Radio Cumbria; The Telegraph (legality of British military intervention in Syria), 26 November - 3 December 2015.

ITV Good Morning Britain; Sky News; ABC News; TRT World; BBC Radio Lancashire (Report on MH17), 13 October 2015. 

BBC Radio Cumbria (on military action against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), 25 September 2014.

BBC Radio Lancashire; BBC Radio Cumbria; BBC News Website; Financial Times; The Telegraph; Irish Times; Malaymail; Daily Record; The Mirror; Irish Mirror; Correio Braziliense; GS Noticias Website (on the shooting down of Malaysian Airliner MH-17), 18-26 July 2014.

The Telegraph Website; BBC News Website; Mail Online; Express Website (on Crimea), 20 March 2014.

Financial Times Website; The Times Website (on Crimea), 16 March 2014.

Daily Star Website (on Crimea), 6 March 2014.

Sky News (on the Russian Invasion of Crimea), 5 March 2014.

Analysis with Jonathan Steele, Islam TV (on NSA Spying), 5 November 2013.

Analysis with Jonathan Steele, Islam TV (on the Syrian conflict), 5 September 2013.

Analysis with Jonathan Steele, Islam TV (on the Syrian conflict), 30 August 2013.

 

Additional Information

Conferences

"The Downing of Flight MH17: Jurisdiction and Responsibility" Talk for International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, UK Group, 20 May 2016

ILA British Branch Spring Conference, 8-9 April 2016

 

New Publications

Special Edition, 'Self-Determination, Resources and Borders' 22 International Journal on Minority and Group Rights (2015). 

James Summers, Peoples and International Law (Second Revised Edition), (Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden, 2014).

Caroline Harvey, James Summers and Nigel White (eds.), Comtemporary Challenges to the Laws of War: Essays in Honour of Professor Peter Rowe (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2014).

 

2015

Self-determination, resources and borders

Summers, J. J. 2015 In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights. 22, 4, p. 459-466 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

2014

Introduction

Summers, J. J. 2014 Contemporary challenges to the laws of war: essays in honour of Professor Peter Rowe. Harvey, C., Summers, J. & White, N. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 1-29 29 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Peoples and international law: how nationalism and self-determination shape a contemporary law of nations

Summers, J. 2014 2nd ed. Martinus Nijhoff. 630 p. (The Erik Castrén Institute Monographs on International Law and Human Rights; vol. 17)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2013

The internal and external aspects of self-determination reconsidered

Summers, J. 2013 Statehood and self-determination: reconciling tradition and modernity in international law. French, D. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2011

Kosovo: from Yugoslav province to disputed independence.

Summers, J. 2011 Kosovo: A Precedent? The Declaration of Independence, the Advisory Opinion and Implications for Statehood, Self-determination and Minority Rights. Summers, J. (ed.). Leiden: Brill, p. 3-51 49 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Russia and competing spheres of influence: the case of Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Summers, J. 2011 International Law in a Multipolar World. Happold, M. (ed.). Oxford: Routledge

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2010

Relativising sovereignty: remedial secession and humanitarian intervention in international law.

Summers, J. 05/2010 In: St Anthony's International Review. 6, 1, p. 16-36 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Review of Steven Wheatley, Democracy, minorities and international law

Summers, J. 2009 In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights. 16, 2, p. 266-268 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

2007

Peoples and International Law: How Nationalism and Self Determination Shape a Contemporary Law of Nations.

Summers, J. 2007 Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/ Brill Academic. 464 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2005

The Right to Self Determination and Nationalism in International Law.

Summers, J. 1/09/2005 In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights. 12, 4, p. 325-354 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Review of Marta Johanson, Self-determination and borders

Summers, J. 05/2005 In: Netherlands International Law Review. 52, 1, p. 137-143 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Zelim A. Skurbaty, Beyond a one-dimensional state: an emerging right to autonomy?

Summers, J. 2005 In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights. 12, 1, p. 117-119 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

The right of self-defence: against whom?

Summers, J. 2005 In: Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence. 8, 1, p. 33-50 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

The Rhetoric and Practice of Self Determination. A Right of all Peoples or Political Institutions?

Summers, J. 10/2004 In: Nordic Journal of International Law. 73, 3, p. 325-363 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Review of Karen Knop, Diversity and self-determination in international law

Summers, J. 2004 In: Finnish Yearbook of International Law. 14, p. 358-364 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

The Status of Self-determination in International Law: A Question of Legal Significance or Political Importance?

Summers, J. 2004 In: Finnish Yearbook of International Law. 14, p. 271-293 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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