The project aligns with the Law School’s ‘International & Comparative Law and Human Rights RIG.
The research theme for the Ph.D studentship is: ‘Lawful responses to the use and threats of force in international law. Evaluating the normative architecture of the Jus ad Bellum in the context of contemporary challenges.’
The broad theme of the research is to examine the lawful response under the jus ad bellum to contemporary challenges that constitute a use or threat of force in international relations. It would be for the student to identify the nature of the use or threat of force arising out of the challenge and to engage in a critical evaluation of the lawful responses available under the international law on the use of force.
Examining the normative architecture of the jus ad bellum would require an interdisciplinary approach considering questions of the role of law within the international system and the intersection between international law and international politics. This would require examination of theoretical perspectives of both international law and international relations and would include consideration of United Nations Charter’s use of force rules, customary international law, and other treaty regimes and instruments. The types of challenges would be for the student to identify but they could include for example but are not limited to: North Korea nuclear weapons testing, cyber warfare, cyber interference, non-state actors and the terrorist threat, insurgency, targeted killings.
Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
- Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
- Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
- Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere or if they have previously been awarded a PhD.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF22/BL/LAW/MELLING) will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: 18 February 2022
Start Date: 1 October 2022
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Principal Supervisor – Dr Graham Melling