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Dr Ralph Wilde
Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens
  • Reader
  • Faculty of Laws

Ralph Wilde has been a member of the Faculty of Laws at UCL, University of London since July 2002. He was formerly a Supervisor in International Law at Trinity, Corpus Christi and St. Edmund’s Colleges, Cambridge, a Guest Lecturer at the Cambridge University Law Faculty, and the Henry Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School.  Since joining UCL, Ralph has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas Law School, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, a Senior Global Research Fellow at NYU Law School, a Visiting Faculty Member at the CEU in Budapest, a Senior Fellow at Melbourne University School of Law, a Visiting Professor at UCLA, a Senior Visiting Researcher at the Fundação Casa Rui Barbosa, Rio de Janeiro, a Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Paraiba, João Pessoa, Brazil, a Senior Visiting Fellow at Al Quds University, Palestine, and a Visiting Research Professor at Tel Aviv University, Israel. 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.  Ralph is a Senior Research Associate at the Refugee Law Initiative of the Human Rights Consortium of the University of London School of Advanced Studies, the Advisory Panel on Public International Law of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law, the Peer Review Council of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Advisory Board of the ‘Legal Tools For Peace-Making’ Project at Cambridge University. In 2018 he will serve as Director of Studies of the Centre for Studies and Research at the Hague Academy of International Law. Ralph previously served as Academic Secretary of the British Branch of the International Law Association (ILA), and as one of the two UK representatives on the international ILA Executive Council, from 2004-2011. He was also Rapporteur of the ILA Study Group on UN Reform, and Co-Rapporteur of the ILA Committee on Human Rights. He was formerly a Trustee and member of the Board of Directors of the AIRE Centre in London, and a member of the UK Lawyers’ Committee of Peace Brigades International, the governing boards of the LSE and the University of London, the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, the Executive Board of the European Society of International Law, the executive Committee of the UK Human Rights Lawyers’ Association, and the Advisory Committee of International Lawyers for Africa. Ralph is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, the London Review of International Law, and Prima@Facie.  He was previously joint book review editor of the ICLQ, a member of the editorial boards of the Yale Journal of International Law and the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, and a member of the editorial advisory boards of Current Legal Problems, the International Journal of Statebuilding and the journal Global Change, Peace & Security.

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.

Teaching Summary

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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