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Dr James Summers


James Summers


Tel: +44 1524 594511

Research overview

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

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


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

Wang Linzhu

John Pearson

Sana Al Sarghali

Abdulmohsen Alothman

Pataramon Satalak

Bo Long

Alex Gough


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.

Previous Media

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

Correio Braziliense (on the shooting down of Malaysian Airliner MH-17 over Ukraine), 26 July 2014.

BBC Radio Lancashire (on the shooting down of Malaysian Airliner MH-17 over Ukraine), 22 July 2014

BBC Radio Cumbria (on the shooting down of Malaysian Airline MH-17 over Ukraine), 22 July 2014.

GS Noticias Website (on MH-17), 20 July 2014.

Daily Record Website; The Mirror Website; Irish Mirror Website (on MH-17), 19 July 2014.

BBC News Website; Financial Times Website; The Telegraph Website; Irish Times Website; Malaymail Online (on MH-17), 18 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 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).

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).


Recent Conferences

Individual Petitions to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: The Problem of Article 1, Paper given for SLS Conference, Nottingham University, 9 September 2014.

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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