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Mr Christopher O'Meara
  • Teaching Fellow
  • Faculty of Laws

Chris is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow. Working under the supervision of Dr Kimberley Trapp and Professor Roger O’Keefe, Chris' thesis examines the right of self-defence in international law. In particular, he focuses on the customary international law requirement that the exercise of defensive force is both necessary and proportionate. He was awarded the UCL Faculty of Laws Research Scholarship to conduct his research. 

Chris holds an LLM in International Law from UCL and an LLB in Law and European Law from the University of Nottingham. He has been a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School and Leiden Law School. Chris is a Coordinator of the UCL Public International Law Pro Bono Project and is currently assisting the World Refugee Council with a research project to develop new approaches to managing challenges presented by the increased numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons. He was previously the Academic Editor of the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.

Prior to joining UCL, Chris practised as a banking solicitor for Linklaters and Latham & Watkins.

Research Summary

Chris researches international law relating to the use of force. His focus is on the requirements of necessity and proportionality and the right of self-defence. His two principal research questions are: 1) What is the meaning in both theory and practice of necessity and proportionality? 2) How can these concepts be used more effectively going forward? By providing a better understanding of these requirements, he will suggest a legal construct that more effectively governs the trigger of the right of self-defence and how it is then monitored and constrained.

Teaching Summary

Chris has been a Teaching Fellow at UCL since 2014. At the undergraduate level, he has taught on the Public International Law LLB course. At the postgraduate level, he convenes the LLM module entitled Use of Force in International Law (Jus ad Bellum), and has previously taught International Humanitarian Law (Jus in Bello). 

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