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.
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.
"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
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 → …
- Centre for Law and Society
- CILHR Centre for International Law and Human Rights