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Dr James Summers

Senior Lecturer

James Summers

Bowland North



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 257X International Law


LLM 220 Rights of Peoples, Minorities and Indigenous Peoples

LLM 221/d The Law of International Organisations and Institutions

Doctoral Supervision

Sylvia Adusu



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.



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

Previous Media

Associated Press TV (Interpol and China) 8 October 2018

Islam Channel (US sanctions on Iran) 3 October 2018

BBC News Channel/Radio 2/Local Radio (Skripal poisoning) 12 Sepember 2018

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.


Additional Information


New Publications

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).


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