Professor Lindsay Moir

Professor of International Law and Director of Student Experience

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

+44 (0) 1482 465736

Professor Lindsay Moir is Professor of International Law. He joined the Law School as a lecturer in 1997, after obtaining degrees from the Universities of Edinburgh (LLB) and Cambridge (LLM, PhD).

He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003, and to a Chair in 2005. He served as Head of the Law School in 2003, and from 2009-2012.

Professor Moir is currently Director of Student Experience for the School of Law and Politics, Deputy Director of the McCoubrey Centre for International Law, responsible for the Law School’s Annual Josephine Onoh Memorial Lecture series, and editor of the law school's Studies in Law series.


Research Interests

  • International law of armed conflict
  • International law regulating the resort to force
  • International law in general

Research groups

  • McCoubrey Centre for International Law


Moir L, Reappraising the Resort to Force: International Law, Jus ad Bellum and the War on Terror, Hart Publishing (2010)

Moir L, The Law of Internal Armed Conflict, Cambridge University Press (2002)

Moir L, ‘The Concept of Non-International Armed Conflict’, The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary, Clapham A, Gaeta P and Sassòli M (eds), Oxford University Press (2015)

Moir L, ‘Military Action against Host States of Terrorist Groups’, The Oxford Handbook on the Use of Force in International Law, Oxford University Press (2015)

Moir L, ‘It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Non-International Armed Conflict!: Cross-Border Hostilities between States and Non-state Actors’, Contemporary Challenges to the Laws of War: Essays in Honour of Professor Peter Rowe, Harvey C, Summers J and White N (eds), Cambridge University Press (2014)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • International Law and the Use of Force (module leader)
  • The Laws of War (module leader)
  • International Law


  • International Law and the Use of Force (module leader)
  • International Humanitarian Law (module leader)

Research PhDs

Professor Moir would be interested in supervising research students on topics in the field of international law – particularly in relation to the use of force and the laws of armed conflict.

Completed PhDs

  • Nneka Okechukwu, The International Legal Framework of Peace Agreements: Power-sharing and its Role in Ending Conflicts in Africa
  • Maryam Tehrani, Gender Discrimination in Islamic Law
  • Cailin Mackenzie, International Human Rights Law and the Corporal Punishment of Children
  • Niranjini Vivekananthan, The International Legal Protection of Civilians Displaced by Non-International Armed Conflict
  • Gary Wilson, A Study of the Options Available to the United Nations Security Council for the Taking of Military Enforcement Action
  • Arturo Laurent, The Defendant, the State and the International Criminal Court: Proposals for a Viable Interdependence
  • James Sweeney, Human Rights, Cultural Dialogue and the European Margin of Appreciation
  • Hussain Al-Zahrani, Peaceful and Effective Modes of Defining Disputed or Uncertain International Boundaries, with Particular Reference to the Settlement of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Land Boundaries

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • LLB (Edinburgh)
  • LLM (Cambridge)
  • PhD (Cambridge)

External roles

  • Member of the editorial board for a number of international journals (including New Zealand Armed Forces Law Review and State Practice and International Law Journal)
  • Independent reviewer for various research funding bodies and leading international journals/publishers
  • Subject Adviser on international law, British Council Development Partnerships Programme (2004-2009)
  • External examiner, assessor/validator and PhD examiner at various institutions in the UK and overseas
  • Provision of advice to foreign governments on matters of international law

Professional highlights

  • Received research funding from bodies including the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Nuffield Foundation
  • Visiting Fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul College of Law, Chicago in 2002