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Professor Lindsay Moir

Professor Lindsay Moir

Professor of International Law and Graduate Research Director

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • The Law School


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

Professor Moir was a Senior Lecturer from 2003-2005, and has been Professor of International Law since 2005. He served as Head of the Law School in 2003, and from 2009-2012.

Professor Moir is a founding member and Deputy Director of the McCoubrey Centre for International Law, and is responsible for the Law School's Annual Josephine Onoh Memorial Lecture series. He has been awarded research funding from the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Nuffield Foundation, and held a visiting position at the International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago.

He is Graduate Research Director for the Law School.


- Force, Conflict and Security (module leader)

- International Law


- Force, Security and International Law (module leader)

- International Law and Armed Conflict (module leader)

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Israeli air strikes in Syria, 2003 and 2007

Moir, L. (2018). Israeli air strikes in Syria, 2003 and 2007. In T. Ruys, O. Corten, & A. Hofer (Eds.), International law and the use of force: A case-based approach (662-672). Oxford: Oxford University Press

The concept of non-international armed conflict

Moir, L. (2015). The concept of non-international armed conflict. In A. Clapham, P. Gaeta, & M. Sassòli (Eds.), The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary (391-414). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Action against host states of terrorist groups

Moir, L. (2015). Action against host states of terrorist groups. In M. Weller (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of the use of force in international law (720-736). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

'It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a non-international armed conflict!': cross-border hostilities between states and non-state actors

Moir, L. (2014). ‘It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a non-international armed conflict!’: cross-border hostilities between states and non-state actors. In C. Harvey, J. Summers, & N. D. White (Eds.), Contemporary challenges to the laws of war (71-94). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

The European Court of Human Rights and international humanitarian law

Moir, L. (2013). The European Court of Human Rights and international humanitarian law. In R. Kolb, & G. Gaggioli (Eds.), Research handbook on human rights and humanitarian law (480-502). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Research interests

Professor Moir is a leading expert in the international legal regulation of the use of force and armed conflict.

Postgraduate supervision

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

Current PhD students

- Samuel Adeleke, Modern Warfare: IHL, Cyber Conflicts and Ethical Considerations

- Adebayo Akinbisehin, Media Law and Freedom of Expression in Nigeria

Completed PhDs

- Fortune Ezeah, Protecting Non-heterosexual Rights in Africa

- Nneka Okechukwu, The International Legal Framework of Peace Agreements: Power-sharing and its Role in Ending Conflicts in Africa

- Carmino Massarella, Maritime Piracy and International Law

- 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