GLARGlobal Law at Reading (GLAR) is one of the leading groups of expert staff researching and teaching global law at any university within the UK. As Reading’s research hub for public international law, EU law and human rights law it has a proud international reputation for research excellence in these areas.

At GLAR we have particular strengths on topics relating to international peace and security, such as  cyber warfare, the role and responsibilities of the UN, and other global crises from a range of perspectives. We also have strong expertise in international human rights law and refugee law with experts working on UN human rights bodies, current refugee crises, children’s rights, and more. We offer unique interdisciplinary expertise with our researchers engaging with other research divisions across the university including Global Development and Politics and International Relations. Our academic staff publish leading works in these fields and many are heavily engaged in policy and practice in both the UK and overseas.

GLAR places itself at the cutting edge of Global Law and as a result has a thriving postgraduate research community that  . In addition to ad hoc events that address current international affairs, we run an annual series of events as part of the Ghandhi Research Seminar Series – which attracts internationally-renowned external speakers from around the world.


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From its inception GLAR has built on its flourishing relationships with legal practice, NGOs and international organisations, as well as its world-class expertise to provide specialised LLM programmes that cover diverse areas including global governance, international protection of human rights, the regulation of armed conflict, the protection of refugees and much more. These programmes are supported by research and networking opportunities, give students valuable experience vital to their future careers.

We offer an LLM International Law and LLM Human Rights which benefit from the most contemporary content from GLAR staff active in the research community. Students benefit from world-leading expertise on international peace and security, international human rights, the UN system and more. We uniquely incorporate interdisciplinary perspectives into our teaching to offer our students the most complete educational experience. Modules are constantly updated to address current crises, human rights challenges, and international legal disputes to ensure our students are the best prepared for work in a variety of roles internationally.

For an informal discussion about Master’s study at the School of Law, and GLAR ,please contact Dr Ruvi Ziegler, Director, Postgraduate Taught Programmes (


Name Research Focus
Dr Saeed Bagheri Public International Law; Use of Force; International Humanitarian Law
Professor David Bilchitz Fundamental Human Rights; Comparative Constitutional Law
Dr Alison Bisset International Human Rights Law
Professor Rosa Freedman International Human Rights Law
Dr Alexander Gilder International Peace and Security; UN Peace Operations
Professor Chris Hilson Environmental Law; Climate Law
Dr Nora Honkala Feminist theory; Refugee Law; Human Rights Law
Dr Beatrice Krebs Comparative and International Criminal Law
Dr Stephen Samuel Public International Law; Legal Philosophy
Professor Michael Schmitt International Cyber Law; Use of Force; International Humanitarian Law
Dr Anne Thies EU External Relations Law; Foreign Relations Law; Gender Equality
Dr Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler International Human Rights Law; Citizenship & Electoral Rights; International Refugee Law; International Humanitarian Law


Name Research Focus
Sarah Blakemore Child Safeguarding; Safeguarding in Conflict and Crisis Situations
Dr Bríd Ní Ghráinne Public International Law; Forced Migration; Human Rights
Professor James Kraska International Maritime Law; Naval Warfare; International Humanitarian Law
Professor Saul Lehrfreund MBE International Human Rights Law
Professor Hitoshi Nasu Public International Law; International Security Law; Law of Armed Conflict; Law of Weaponry
Professor Alina Tryfonidou EU Law; International Human Rights Law
Professor Sean Watts International Human Rights Law; Citizenship & Electoral Rights; International Refugee Law; International Humanitarian Law