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Dr James Summers


James Summers

Bowland North

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594511


Research overview

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

PhD supervision

Any field of international law, but particularly areas in the field of peoples' rights, the use of force and international institutional law.

Current Teaching


LAW 257 International Law I

LAW 323 International Mooting (Jessup International Moot Court Competition)


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

John Pearson

Wang Linzhu

Sana Al Sarghali

Abdulmohsen Alothman

Pataramon Satalak

Bo Long


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.


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

I have previously appeared on:

Sky News on the Russian Invasion of Crimea, 5 March 2014 http://yellownews.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=530&DateTime=3%2F5%2F2014+12%3A44%3A49+PM&Term=Lancaster+University&PlayClip=TRUE 

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

New Publications

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

Recent Conferences

Implications of the ICJ’s Kosovo Opinion for Tamil Self-Determination, Paper given for Conference on Chartering Freedom through the Rough Seas of Geo Politics, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, 15 May 2013.

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