Dr James SummersLecturer
LAW 257X International Law
LLM 220 Rights of Peoples, Minorities and Indigenous Peoples
LLM 221/d The Law of International Organisations and Institutions
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.
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.
I am available for interviews on issues relating to international law and international affairs, especially national and ethnic conflicts.
TRT World (Palestine and the International Criminal Court), 22 May 2018
Al-Jazeera (chemical weapons in Syria), 9 April 2018
TRT World and France 24 (Catalonia referendum), 2 October 2017
Sky News (Catalonia referendum), 29 September 2017
TRT World (Catalonia and Kurdish referendum), 28 September 2017
France 24 (Catalonia referendum), 22 September 2017
Deutsche Welle (MH-17), 28 September 2016
Deutsche Welle (war crimes in Syria), 20 September 2016
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.
James Summers and Alex Gough (eds.), Non-State Actors and International Obligations (Nijhoff 2018)
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).
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.
Self-determination, resources and borders
Summers, J.J. 2/10/2015 In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights. 22, 4, 8 p.
Summers, J.J. 2014 In: Contemporary challenges to the laws of war. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 1-29. 29 p. ISBN: 9781107063556.
Peoples and international law: how nationalism and self-determination shape a contemporary law of nations
Summers, J. 2014 2nd ed. Martinus Nijhoff. 630 p. ISBN: 9789004232945.
The internal and external aspects of self-determination reconsidered
Summers, J. 2013 In: Statehood and self-determination. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press ISBN: 9781107029330.
Kosovo : a precedent? the declaration of independence, the advisory opinion and implications for statehood, self-determination and minority rights.
Summers, J. 2011 Leiden : Brill. ISBN: 978 90 04 17599.
Kosovo : from Yugoslav province to disputed independence.
Summers, J. 2011 In: Kosovo: A Precedent? The Declaration of Independence, the Advisory Opinion and Implications for Statehood, Self-determination and Minority Rights. Leiden : Brill p. 3-51. 49 p. ISBN: 978 90 04 17599.
Russia and competing spheres of influence : the case of Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Summers, J. 2011 In: International Law in a Multipolar World. Oxford : Routledge ISBN: 0415565219.
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.
Review of Steven Wheatley, Democracy, minorities and international law
Summers, J. 2009 In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights. 16, 2, 3 p.
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. ISBN: 9789004154919.
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.
Review of Marta Johanson, Self-determination and borders
Summers, J. 05/2005 In: Netherlands International Law Review. 52, 1, 7 p.
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, 3 p.
The right of self-defence: against whom?
Summers, J. 2005 In: Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence. 8, 1, p. 33-50. 18 p.
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.
Review of Karen Knop, Diversity and self-determination in international law
Summers, J. 2004 In: Finnish Yearbook of International Law. 14, 7 p.
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.
Future of International Law and Cyber Warfare (Funded by SECURITY FUTURES)
17/07/2013 → 19/07/2013
Human rights and boundaries
01/03/2013 → …
- CILHR Centre for International Law and Human Rights