Professor Peter Rowe

Emeritus Professor

Research Interests

Career Details

Professor Emeritus (2014). He has also taught at the University of Liverpool and was Professor and Head of the Department of Law there from 1988-93. He was the founding Director of the Cayman Islands Law School. He has been chairman of the U.K. Group of the International Society for Military Law and the Laws of War. He was the Inaugural Sir Ninian Stephen Visiting Scholar at the Asia Pacific Centre for Military law, Faculty of Laws, University of Melbourne (June/July 2003). He has given oral evidence to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee and to the House of Lords Constitution Committee and written evidence to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. His main research interests lie in the fields of military law and the international laws of war and the relationship between them. His latest books are Legal Accountability and Britain's Wars 2000-2015 (2016, Routledge) and The Impact of Human Rights Law on Armed Forces (2006, Cambridge University Press). His publications (listed since 1997 only) are set out below. He has given papers in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, USA, Sweden, Germany, Holland, France, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Belgrade, Trinidad and Tobago, the Cayman Islands. His speaking engagements (2008-11 only) see below.

Current Research

  • Human Rights Law and the Armed Forces.
  • Implementation of International Humanitarian Law into national law and military systems
  • World War One War Crimes Trials.

Speaking engagements 2008-11

'United Nations Security Council Resolutions and National Law', invited speaker, research seminar, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast, 2 March 2011.

Presentation, International and European Human Rights Law; Extra-Territorial Effect', 5th Vienna Course on International Law for Military Legal Advisers, Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports, Vienna, 26 November 2010.

Guest Panelist, Harvard University live web seminar on 'Education and Armed Conflict: Development of New Norms?' 10 June 2010.

Presentation and discussion of relevant human rights standards, at Roundtable, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Armed Forces Personnel, 2010 (invited by OSCE/ODIHR).

The Law of Armed Conflict in Afghanistan, invited speaker at a transatlantic discussion by videoconference, connecting the Lauterpacht Centre, Cambridge University with the Pentagon, the State Department, US Naval War College and Fort Lewis in Washington State, Cambridge, 6 May 2010.

'Human Rights of Members of British Army', National Defence Academy of the UK, February 2010

Panelist, Imperial War Museum North, Public Debate on 'How Useful is the Current Definition of PoW in Terms of 21 century Conflict', 19 October 2009.

UNESCO conference on Protecting Education from Attack, Paris, September 2009, invited by the Office of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al -Missned of Qatar as speaker on 'The Application of International Humanitarian Law to Attacks on Education in Armed Conflict'.

'Some Causes of Military Misconduct during International Military Operations,' the Prosecutors' Office, Conference on European Convention on Human Rights and Law Enforcement Regarding the Use of Force in Military Operations', Arnhem, The Netherlands, 16 September 2009

Seminar, Increasing the Protection of Educational Systems during War and Insecurity, 'Keynote address', London, 24 June 2009.

European Parliament: Subcommittee on Security and Defence, Public Hearing, presentation on 'Illegal Orders and the Rights of Soldiers', Brussels, January 2009.

'Touching War' conference, 'Misconduct during Military Operations', Lancaster University, 2008

Panelist, BBC Radio 4, 'Misleading Evidence' programme, chaired by Clive Anderson, 2008.

Faculty of Law, University of Canterbury conference, 'Misconduct during Military Operations' Christchurch, New Zealand, 2008

Legal accountability and Britain's wars 2000-2015
Rowe, P.J. 23/05/2016 London : Routledge. 274 p. ISBN: 9781138846241. Electronic ISBN: 9781315727578.

How well do international human rights bodies understand military courts?
Rowe, P.J. 2016 In: Military justice in the modern age. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 15-35. 21 p. ISBN: 9781107042377.

Penal or disciplinary proceedings brought against a prisoner of war
Rowe, P.J. 15/10/2015 In: The 1949 Geneva Conventions . Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 1025-1038. 14 p. ISBN: 9780199675449.

Members of the armed forces and human rights law
Rowe, P.J. 2014 In: The Oxford handbook of international law in armed conflict. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 521-542. 22 p. ISBN: 9780199559695.

The trial of prisoners of war by military courts in modern armed conflicts
Rowe, P.J. 2014 In: Contemporary challenges to the laws of war. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 313-336. 24 p. ISBN: 9781107063556.

Is there a Right to Detain Civilians by Foreign Armed Forces During a Non-International Armed Conflict?
Rowe, P. 3/07/2012 In: International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 61, 3, p. 697-711. 15 p.
Journal article

United Nations Peacekeeping Forces and Human Rights Violations: The role of Military Discipline
Rowe, P. 14/06/2010 In: Harvard International Law Journal. 51, n/a, p. 69-81. 13 p.
Journal article

The Criminal Liability of a British Soldier Merely for Participating in the Iraq War 2003: A Response to Chilcot Evidence
Rowe, P. 2010 In: Criminal Law Review. n/a, 10, p. 752-760. 9 p.
Journal article

The application of international humanitarian law to attacks on education in armed conflicts
Rowe, P. 2010 In: Protecting education from attack. UNESCO p. 179-194. 16 p.

United Kingdom correspondent's report
Rowe, P. 2009 In: Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law. 12, p. 674-687. 14 p.
Journal article

United Kingdom correspondent's report
Rowe, P. 12/2008 In: Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law. 11, p. 571-583. 13 p.
Journal article

Military Misconduct during International Armed Operations: "Bad Apples" or "Systemic Failure"?
Rowe, P. 2008 In: Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 13, 2, p. 165-189. 25 p.
Journal article

The Obligation of a State under International Law to Protect Members of its own Armed Forces during Armed Conflict or Occupation
Rowe, P. 2008 In: Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 2006. The Hague, Netherlands : T.M.C. Asser Press p. 3-24. 22 p. ISBN: 978-90-6704-269-7.

Non-international armed conflict and the European Court of Human Rights: Chechnya from 1999
Rowe, P. 2007 In: New Zealand Yearbook of International Law. 4, p. 205-226. 22 p.
Journal article

The United Kingdom armed forces: the advance of human rights
Rowe, P. 2007 In: Halsbury's Laws of England. London : LexisNexis p. 41-53. 13 p. ISBN: 9781405733915.

The rules of engagement in occupied territory: should they be published?
Rowe, P. 2007 In: Melbourne Journal of International Law. 8, 2, p. 327-339. 13 p.
Journal article

The soldier as a citizen in uniform: a reappraisal
Rowe, P. 2007 In: New Zealand Armed Forces Law Review. 7, p. 1-17. 17 p.
Journal article

Introduction and general note to the Armed Forces Act 2006
Rowe, P. 2006 In: Current Law Statutes Annotated. London : Sweet and Maxwell p. 16-37. 22 p.

The Impact of Human Rights Law on Armed Forces.
Rowe, P.J. 2006 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. 259 p. ISBN: 0-521-61732-4.

The effect on national law of the customary international humanitarian law study
Rowe, P. 2006 In: Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 11, 2, p. 165-177. 13 p.
Journal article

The application of the European convention on human rights during an international armed conflict.
Rowe, P. 2005 In: International conflict and security law essays in memory of Hilaire McCoubrey. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 185-208. 24 p. ISBN: 0511126328.

War and armed conflict.
Rowe, P. 2005 In: Halsbury's laws of England 4th edition. London : Butterworth's/Lexis Nexis UK p. 525-761. 237 p. ISBN: 0406034001.

War crimes
Rowe, P. 2004 In: The permanent international criminal court. Oxford : Hart Publishing p. 203-230. 28 p. ISBN: 9781841132815.

A New Court to Protect Human Rights in the Armed Forces of the UK: The Summary Appeal Court.
Rowe, P.J. 03/2003 In: Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 8, 1, p. 201-215. 15 p.
Journal article

Commonwealth Red Cross and Red Crescent conference on international humanitarian law, London, 26-28 February 2003: Summary report: A guide to action
Rowe, P., Meyer, M. 2003 London : British Red Cross & Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 94 p.

The legal position of the Armed Forces
Rowe, P. 2003 In: Halsbury's Laws of England. Butterworth's/Lexis Nexis UK p. 7-145. 139 p. ISBN: 9780406967473.

Responses to Terror: The New "War".
Rowe, P.J. 1/10/2002 In: Melbourne Journal of International Law. 3, 2, p. 301-321. 21 p.
Journal article

Freedom fighters and rebels : the rules of civil war.
Rowe, P. 01/2002 In: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 95, 1, p. 3-4. 2 p.
Journal article

Control over armed forces exercised by the European Court of Human Rights.
Rowe, P. 2001 In: Legal framing of the democratic control of armed forces and the security sector : norm or reality/ies. Belgrade : Goragraf p. 57-67. 11 p.

Historical Developments Influencing the Present Law of Visiting Forces.
Rowe, P.J. 2001 In: The Handbook of the Law of Visiting Forces. Oxford : Oxford University Press 11 p. ISBN: 0-19-826894-7.

The Armed Forces Act 2001
Rowe, P. 2001 In: Current Law Statutes Annotated. London : Sweet and Maxwell

Cold stage formation of calcrete nodules in the Chinese Loess Plateau: evidence from U-series dating and stable isotope analysis. .
Rowe, P.J., Maher, B.A. 15/03/2000 In: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 157, 1-2, p. 109-125. 17 p.
Journal article

Armed Forces Discipline Act 2000
Rowe, P. 2000 In: Current Law Statutes Annotated. London : Sweet and Maxwell

Current law statutes annotated.
Rowe, P. 2000 London : Armed Force discipline Act, 2000, 9 p.

Kosovo 1999: The air campaign -- Have the provisions of Additional Protocol I withstood the test?
Rowe, P. 2000 In: International Review of the Red Cross. 837, p. 147-164. 18 p.
Journal article

Maintaining Discipline in United Nations Peace Support Operations: The Legal Quagmire for Military Contingents.
Rowe, p. 2000 In: Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 5, p. 45-62. 18 p.
Journal article

Memorandum of Foreign affairs committee, appendix 28 (1-9).
Rowe, P. 2000 London : House of Commons, Foreign Affairs Committee, Fourth Report Kosovo

The role of evidence in war crimes trials: the common law and the Yugoslav tribunal.
Bryan, I., Rowe, P. 2000 In: Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law. 2, p. 307-323. 17 p.
Journal article

The Crown and the armed forces.
Rowe, P. 1999 In: The nature of the Crown : a legal and political analysis.. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 267-281. 15 p. ISBN: 0198262736.

Duress as a defence to war crimes after Erdemović: a laboratory for a permanent court?
Rowe, P. 1998 In: Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law. 1, p. 210-228. 19 p.
Journal article