The University of Sheffield
School of Law
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Dr Russell Buchan

Position: Lecturer in International Law
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Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6769
Room No: EF14a

 Academic Profile

I am a lecturer in international law at the University of Sheffield School of Law. I am part of the admissions team for the School’s undergraduate programmes.


Teaching and Learning

I teach predominantly in my area of research: public international law. This enables me to teach with enthusiasm and to present to my students my interpretations of international law and, if necessary, how it should be reformed. Importantly, I expect my students to participate in this process; challenging my ideas and interpretations, forcing me to reflect critically upon my research. In light of this expectation, my students are therefore expected to not just understand the law (and its application) but to engage with it normatively; what’s good about the law? What should be maintained? What should be changed? For me, this enables teaching and learning to be as enjoyable as it is rewarding.

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate and MA
Foundations of International Law (Convenor) The Law of International Organisations (Convenor)
Advanced Issues in International Law (Convenor) The Politics of International Law (Joint Convenor)
Introduction to Legal Processes International Criminal Law (Convenor)
International Law and the Use of Force (Convenor)
International Humanitarian Law (Convenor)

Research Interests

Member of the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law Research Cluster.

Areas of Research Supervision

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

Key Projects and Grants

Title/Description: The Responsibility to Protect and Humanity: A Study on the Idea of Human Interconnectedness’
Awarding Body: White Rose Collaboration Fund
Awarding Body: A consortium of 10 academics from Universities across the United Kingdom
Years Funded for: July 2013 - July 2015
Amount: £9,757

Professional Activities and Recognition

Key Publications

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