Stuart Maslen: Honorary Professor


LLB (Bristol) LLM (Essex) MSc (Cranfield) PhD (Tilburg)

Home Department: Centre for Human Rights

Stuart is honorary professor of international law in the Faculty of Law. He teaches the law of armed conflict, international human rights law, disarmament law, jus ad bellum, counterterrorism law, the sources of public international law, and European competition law.

He previously served as Head of Research of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

He has also worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, UNICEF, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

Teaching 2020

During 2020, Stuart has taught in the Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa master’s programme. 

Areas of interest: The use of force, counterterrorism, and protection under international law


Accepted for publication


  • The Right to Life under International Law: An Interpretive Manual, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2022 (co-author with Prof. Christof Heyns)
  • Arms Control and Disarmament, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2020
  • Jus ad Bellum: The Law on Inter-State Use of Force, Hart, 2020

Chapter in books

  • “The Use of Less-Lethal Weapons for Law Enforcement during Armed Conflict”, Chapter in G. Gaggioli Gasteyger and R. Kolb (eds), Research Handbook on Human Rights and IHL: Further Reflections and Perspectives, Edward Elgar, forthcoming (2020).
  • “The Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production, and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction”, Chap. 25 in E. P. J. Myjer and T. Marauhn (eds.), Research Handbook on International Arms Control Law, Edward Elgar, forthcoming (2020).
  • “Weapons”, Chap. 11 in D. Akande and B. Saul (eds), Oxford Guide to International Humanitarian Law, OUP, Oxford, forthcoming (2020).

Published during the last five years


  • Disarmament andInternational Law, A Practical Guide, Routledge Research in the Law in Armed Conflict Series, Routledge (2019) (co-author)
  • The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: A Commentary, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2019.
  • Hague Law Interpreted: The Conduct of Hostilities under the Law of Armed Conflict, Hart, Oxford, 2018.
  • Drones and Other Unmanned Weapons Systems under International Law, Brill, 2018 (co-authored).
  • Police Use of Force under International Law, Cambridge University Press, 2017 (co-author).
  • The Arms Trade Treaty: A Commentary, Oxford University Press, 2016 (co-author).
  • The War Report: Armed Conflict in 2013, Oxford University Press, 2014 (editor and contributor).
  • Nuclear Weapons under International Law, Cambridge University Press, 2014 (co-editor and contributor).
  • Weapons under International Human Rights Law, Cambridge University Press, 2014 (editor and contributor).

Chapters in books

  • “Children Associated with Boko Haram: Disassociation, Protection, Accountability and Reintegration”, Chap. 24 in M. Drumbl and J. Barrett (eds), Research Handbook on Child Soldiers, Edward Elgar, 2019.
  • ‘Regulating Armed Drones and Other Emerging Weapons Technologies’, Chap. 4 in M. Lattimer and P. Sands (eds), The Grey Zone: Civilian Protection Between Human Rights and the Laws of War, Hart, Oxford, June 2018.
  • ‘International Law and the Prevention of War’, Chap. 14 in W. H. Wiist and S. K. White (eds), Preventing War and Promoting Peace: A Guide for Health Professionals, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • ‘Special Agreements in International Armed Conflict’, Chap. 7 in A. Clapham, P. Gaeta, and M. Sassòli (eds), The Geneva Conventions in Context: A Commentary, Oxford University Press, 2015. ’‘The Status, Rights, and Obligations of Medical and Religious Personnel‘, Chap. 40 in Clapham, Gaeta, and Sassòli, The Geneva Conventions in Context: A Commentary, Oxford University Press, 2015.


  • “Investigating Potentially Unlawful Death under International Law: The 2016 Minnesota Protocol”, The International Lawyer, January 2019 (co-author).
  • Weapons entries in N. Pons and D. Djukic (eds), Companion of International Humanitarian Law, Brill, Leiden, 2018
  • ‘Use of Nuclear Weapons and Human Rights’, International Review of the Red Cross, 2016.

 Doctoral students co-supervised

  • Joe Kilonzo is proposing a study on incorporating human rights in new generation programmes of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programmes
  • Oluwaseyitan (Debbie) Solademi is proposing a study on assessing the inclusivity of women in countering violent extremism programmes in Africa
  • Alero Itohan Fenemigho (Nigeria) is studying counter-terrorism policing in Africa under international law 
  • Brenda Mwale (Kenya) is studying the prevention and repression of cyber-terrorism in Africa 
  • Beryl Orao focuses on the use of force and firearms in the policing of assemblies and the question of accountability of law enforcement officers for human rights violations committed when policing assemblies

[last updated: 20 April 2020]