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Ralph Wilde has been a member of the Faculty of Laws at University College London (UCL), University of London since July 2002.

Ralph is an expert in public international law, and also has an interest in the interface between international law and related academic disciplines, including international relations and legal and political theory.

Research Summary

General international law; the law and practice of colonialism, occupation, international territorial administration, the League of Nations Mandate System and the United Nations Trusteeship System, ‘state-building’ and ‘post-conflict reconstruction’; the concept of trusteeship over people in international law and public policy; the extraterritorial activities of states, and the application of international law, including human rights law and refugee law, to this activity; the law and policy relating to forced migration, including refugees and internally displaced people; the administration of camps housing refugees and internally displaced people by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); international organizations, including the United Nations, notably issues of legal responsibility (including that of member states), applicable law, immunities and reform; human rights law and overseas aid policy; the relationship between different areas of international law; international legal theory; state immunity and its interface with international criminal law and international human rights law; the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court; human rights law in wartime and occupation situations, and its relationship to the law of armed conflict, occupation law, and rights/obligations emanating from UN Security Council Resolutions; the law and practice of statehood and recognition of statehood, in general and in relation to the territories of the former Yugoslavia, notably Kosovo, in particular; international interventions (past/present/proposed) in the following places: the territories of the former Yugoslavia, especially Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eastern Slavonia (Croatia) and Kosovo; East Timor; Western Sahara; the Palestinian Territories; Jerusalem; West Irian/Irian Jaya; Leticia (Colombia) in the 1920s; Danzig and the Saar in the 1920s and 1930s; the Congo in the 1960s; South West Africa/Namibia before independence.

Ralph’s research included work on the administration of territory by international organizations and the concept of trusteeship in international law and public policy. His monograph on this topic, International Territorial Administration: How Trusteeship and the Civilizing Mission Never Went Away (OUP, 2008), won the Certificate of Merit (book prize) of the American Society of International Law in 2009. He is currently continuing his work on the extraterritorial application of human rights law. For his research Ralph has been awarded grants from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation, and a Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. In 2010, the UK Leverhulme Trust awarded him a Philip Leverhulme Prize, which is given to UK-based academics under 40 who are judged to be ‘outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognized contribution to their particular field of study, recognized at an international level’.In 2012 Ralph was awarded a €1.1 million Research Frontier Grant (in the ‘Consolidator’ category) from the European Research Council. This is funding a five-year interdisciplinary project, Human Rights Beyond Borders, on the extraterritorial application of human rights law, covering both civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development. The project began in February 2013 and runs until August 2018

Teaching Summary

Courses previously taught:

Public International Law LLB course (as Co-Convenor)

War Law LLM course (as Convenor)

International Human Rights Law LLM course (as Convenor)

European Convention on Human Rights LLM course

United Nations Law LLM course (as Convenor)

Doctoral student supervision

Academic Background
2003 LLD Doctor of Laws – International Law Trinity College Cambridge
2000 MA Master of Arts – Law City University
1999 LLM Master of Laws – International Law University of Cambridge
1998 Dipl. Diplom – Law European University Institute, Florence
1996 Dip. Diploma – Law City University
1995 BSc Bachelor of Science – International Relations London School of Economics and Political Science
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