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Dr Laura Hughes-Gerber

Lecturer in Law (Human Rights)

Laura Hughes-Gerber

Bowland North



Research overview

Laura's research consists of two separate strands: Public International Law and Legal Education.

In Public International Law, Laura's research interests focus on the areas of International Diplomatic Law and International Human Rights Law. She has recently completed a monograph based upon her doctoral research on the issue of diplomatic asylum under international law, which was published in 2021. This work focuses on exploring whether a legal basis for the practice of diplomatic asylum can be identified in treaty law, customary international law or based upon humanitarian considerations.

Laura's collaborative research in the field of Legal Education (with colleagues Dr Noel McGuirk and Dr Rafael Savva) focuses on advancing student support provision in Legal Education. In several forthcoming book chapters, a taxonomy and a set of design principles to promote student wellbeing are introduced. Currently, Laura, Noel and Rafael are also undertaking empirical research in this regard.

PhD supervision

Laura is interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of International Diplomatic Law, International Human Rights Law and Public International Law.

Additional Information

Laura is passionate about mooting and has experience of successfully participating in, coaching and judging international student moot court competitions, in particular the Telders International Law Moot Court in The Hague, Netherlands. Laura was also Co-Administrator of the UK National Round of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2022.

Laura holds Advance HE Fellowship. She is also a Mental Health First Aider.

Current Teaching

LAW.257x: International Law

LAW.337: International Human Rights Law (Module Convenor)

LLM.5213d International Human Rights Law (Module Convenor)

My Role

Laura is responsible for PGR Admissions in Michaelmas Term 2023. Laura is a member of Lonsdale College.

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