Roger O’Keefe

Roger O’Keefe

Professor of Public International Law

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r.o'keefe@ucl.ac.uk

 

Professor O’Keefe has been Professor of Public International Law at UCL since September 2014. Prior to this, he taught for fifteen years at the University of Cambridge, where was Senior Lecturer in Law, Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, and Fellow of Magdalene College.

He took a B.A. in History and Italian and his LL.B. (with First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney, Australia, before coming to the UK to take his LL.M. (with First Class Honours and the Clive Parry Prize for International Law) and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He has been a visiting professor at Central European University, Budapest, since 2009, and in 2015 was Distinguished Visiting Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Professor O’Keefe has taught courses in public international law at the Hague Academy of International Law and the Xiamen Academy of International Law, at universities in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Myanmar, and Spain, and on the United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme, and he has recorded several lectures for the United Nations Audiovisual Library of Public International Law.

He is on the Conseil scientifique of the Revue Belge de Droit International, the peer review committees of the German Yearbook of International Law and Spanish Yearbook of International Law, the advisory boards of the Hungarian Yearbook of International and European Law, the Journal of Philosophy of International Law and the monograph series Cultural Heritage Law and Policy (Oxford University Press), and the editorial board of the monograph series Philosophy, Public Policy, and Transnational Law (Palgrave-Macmillan).

He has given evidence before the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, has spoken before the Committee of Legal Advisors on Public International Law of the Council of Europe, and in 2009 was a member and the co-rapporteur of the African Union-European Union Technical Ad hoc Expert Group on the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction.

Research

Professor O’Keefe is a generalist public international lawyer with a variety of specialist interests.

He has published widely on canonical topics of public international law, such as the sources of international law, the law of treaties, the relationship between international and domestic law, statehood and admission to the United Nations, title to territory, jurisdiction and immunities, and state responsibility, as well on topics in the subfields of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and international cultural heritage law.

Professor O’Keefe’s latest book, International Criminal Law (Oxford University Press), appeared in summer 2015, and follows The Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2006, paperback reissue 2011) and The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2013, co-edited with Christian J. Tams). In 2004 he was awarded the Journal of International Criminal Justice Prize for his article ‘Universal Jurisdiction: Clarifying the Basic Concept’.

Publications

Authored books

  • The Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006; paperback reissue 2011), 404 + xix pp
  • International Criminal Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 608 + lxviii pp

Edited books

  • The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 465 + xxxvi pp (co-edited with Christian J Tams)

Articles and book chapters

  • ‘Palm-Fringed Benefits: Island Dependencies in the New Law of the Sea’ (1996) 45 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 408–420
  • ‘Civil Actions in US Courts in Respect of Human Rights Abuses Committed Abroad: Would the World’s Oppressors Be Wise to Stay at Home?’ (1997) 9 African Journal of International and Comparative Law 15–41
  • ‘The “Right to Take Part in Cultural Life” under Article 15 of the ICESCR’ (1998) 47 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 904–923
  • ‘The Meaning of “Cultural Property” under the 1954 Hague Convention’ (1999) 46 Netherlands International Law Review 26–56
  • ‘The European Convention on State Immunity and International Crimes’ (1999) 2 Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 507–520
  • ‘The Admission to the United Nations of the Ex-Soviet and Ex-Yugoslav States’ (2001) 1 Baltic Yearbook of International Law 167–189
  • ‘Customary International Crimes in English Courts’ (2001) 72 British Year Book of International Law 293–335
  • ‘World Cultural Heritage: Obligations to the International Community as a Whole?’ (2004) 53 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 189–209, republished in De Feyter (ed.), Globalization and Common Responsibilities of States in International Law (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), 395–415
  • ‘Universal Jurisdiction: Clarifying the Basic Concept’ (2004) 2 Journal of International Criminal Justice 735–760, to be republished in Cryer et al. (eds), International Criminal Law: Classic Readings (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2015)
  • ‘Recourse by the ad hoc Tribunals to general principles of law and to human rights law’, in Delmas Marty, Fronza & Lambert-Abdelgawad (eds), Les Sources du Droit International Pénal: L’expérience des Tribunaux Pénaux Internationaux et le Statut de la Cour Pénale Internationale (Paris: Société de Législation Comparée, 2004), 297–302
  • ‘Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: A Commentary’ (2004) 37 Revue Belge de Droit International 92–154, republished in Kattan (ed.), The Palestine Question in International Law (London: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2008), 751–815
  • ‘Universal Jurisdiction’, in Robertson & Scholte (eds), Encyclopedia of Globalization (New York: Routledge, 2006), vol. 4, 1226–1227
  • ‘The ILC’s Contribution to International Criminal Law’ (2006) 49 German Yearbook of International Law 201–257
  • ‘The protection of cultural property in armed conflict’, Amicus Curiae, Issue 71, Autumn 2007, 3–7
  • ‘Protection of Cultural Property’, in Fleck (ed.), The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law (2nd edn) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 433–474; (3rd edn) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 425–61
  • ‘Heritage, protection during war’, in Cane & Conaghan (eds), The New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 530–531
  • ‘International Law and Municipal Law’, in Cane & Conaghan (eds), The New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 618–619
  • ‘The Grave Breaches Regime and Universal Jurisdiction’ (2009) 7 Journal of International Criminal Justice 811–831
  • ‘The Doctrine of Incorporation Revisited’ (2008) 79 British Year Book of International Law 7–85
  • ‘Proportionality’, in Crawford, Pellet & Olleson (eds), The Law of International Responsibility (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 1157–1168
  • ‘Israel/Palestine Sixty Years On’, in Giegerich & Proelß (eds), Krisenherde im Fokus des Völkerrechts—Trouble Spots in the Focus of International Law (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2010), 13–57
  • ‘“Article 98” Agreements, the Law of Treaties & the Law of State Responsibility’, in Szabó (ed.), State Responsibility and the Law of Treaties (The Hague: Eleven Publishing, 2010), 35–54
  • ‘Protection of Cultural Property under International Criminal Law’ (2010) 11 Melbourne Journal of International Law 339–392
  • ‘Legal Title versus Effectivités: Prescription and the Promise and Problems of Private Law Analogies’ (2011) 13 International Community Law Review 147–188, to be republished in Kohen (ed.), Territoriality in International Law (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2016)
  • ‘The United States and the ICC: the force and farce of the legal arguments’ (2011) 24 Cambridge Review of International Affairs 335–355
  • ‘State Immunity and Human Rights: Heads and Walls, Hearts and Minds’ (2011) 44 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 999–1045
  • ‘Once Upon a Time There Was a Gap …’, in Crawford & Nouwen (eds), Select Proceedings of the European Society of International Law. Volume 3, 2010 (Oxford: Hart, 2011), 401–405; posted electronically at http://www.ejiltalk.org/author/rokeefe/
  • ‘Cultural Life, Right to Participate in, International Protection’, in Wolfrum (ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), vol. 2, 916–924, available online at http://opil.ouplaw.com/home/EPIL
  • ‘European Convention on State Immunity (1972)’, in Wolfrum (ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), vol. 3, 889–894, available online at http://opil.ouplaw.com/home/EPIL
  • ‘Tangible Cultural Heritage and International Human Rights Law’ in Prott, Redmond-Cooper & Urice (eds), Realising Cultural Heritage Law: Festschrift for Patrick O’Keefe (Builth Wells: Institute of Art and Law, 2013), 87–95
  • ‘General Introduction’, in O’Keefe & Tams (eds), The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), xxxvii–xlii (co-authored with Christian Tams)
  • ‘The “General Understandings”’, in O’Keefe & Tams (eds), The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 19–27
  • ‘Article 1’, in O’Keefe & Tams (eds), The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 35–39 (co-authored with Christian Tams)
  • ‘Article 3’, in O’Keefe & Tams (eds), The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 73–92
  • ‘Part II: General Principles’, in O’Keefe & Tams (eds), The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 97–98
  • ‘Article 7’, in O’Keefe & Tams (eds), The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 113–123
  • ‘Article 11’, in O’Keefe & Tams (eds), The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 183–208 (co-authored with Joanne Foakes)
  • ‘Article 12’, in O’Keefe & Tams (eds), The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 209–224 (co-authored with Joanne Foakes)
  • ‘Part IV: State Immunity from Measures of Constraint in Connection with Proceedings before a Court’, in O’Keefe & Tams (eds), The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 287–292 (co-authored with Chester Brown)
  • ‘Article 18’, in O’Keefe & Tams (eds), The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 293–307 (co-authored with Chester Brown)
  • ‘Article 19’, in O’Keefe & Tams (eds), The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 308–327 (co-authored with Chester Brown)
  • ‘Article 20’, in O’Keefe & Tams (eds), The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 328–333
  • ‘Article 21’, in O’Keefe & Tams (eds), The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 334–347 (co-authored with Chester Brown)
  • ‘Cultural Heritage and International Criminal Law’, in Cordonier Segger & Jodoin (eds), Sustainable Development, International Criminal Justice, and Treaty Implementation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 120–150
  • ‘Domestic Courts as Agents of Development of the International Law of Jurisdiction’ (2013) 26 Leiden Journal of International Law 541–558
  • ‘Jurisdictional Immunities’ in Tams & Sloan (eds), The Development of International Law by the International Court of Justice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 107–148
  • ‘Protection of Cultural Property’, in Clapham & Gaeta (eds), The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 492–520
  • ‘Theory and the Doctrinal International Lawyer’ (2015) 4 UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (forthcoming)
  • ‘The Crime of Aggression and National Law: United Kingdom’, in Kreß & Barriga (eds), The Crime of Aggression: A Commentary (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015)

Casenotes

  • ‘ITLOS flags its intent’ [2000] Cambridge Law Journal 428–431
  • ‘English public policy internationalised’ [2002] Cambridge Law Journal 499–502
  • ‘Decisions of British Courts During 2002 Involving Questions of Public International Law’ (2002) 73 British Year Book of International Law 387–453
  • ‘Decisions of British Courts During 2003 Involving Questions of Public International Law’ (2003) 74 British Year Book of International Law 461–509
  • ‘Decisions of British Courts During 2004 Involving Questions of Public International Law’ (2004) 75 British Year Book of International Law 407–535
  • ‘Decisions of British Courts During 2005 Involving Questions of Public International Law’ (2005) 76 British Year Book of International Law 565–640
  • ‘A BIT justiciable’ [2006] Cambridge Law Journal 259–263
  • ‘Crimes, the courts and customary international law’ [2006] Cambridge Law Journal 473–476
  • ‘Decisions of British Courts During 2006 Involving Questions of Public International Law’ (2006) 77 British Year Book of International Law 458–553
  • ‘Decisions of British Courts During 2007 Involving Questions of Public International Law’ (2007) 78 British Year Book of International Law 515–587
  • ‘Double-Plus Good or Double Trouble?’ [2009] Cambridge Law Journal 9–11
  • ‘Decisions of British Courts During 2008 Involving Questions of Public International Law’ (2008) 79 British Year Book of International Law 409–500
  • ‘Decisions of British Courts During 2009 Involving Questions of Public International Law’ (2009) 80 British Year Book of International Law 451–574
  • ‘Decisions of British Courts During 2010 Involving Questions of Public International Law’ (2010) 81 British Yearbook of International Law 339–410
  • ‘Decisions of British Courts During 2011 Involving Questions of Public International Law’ (2011) 82 British Yearbook of International Law 564–640
  • ‘Decisions of British Courts During 2012 Involving Questions of Public International Law’ (2012) 83 British Yearbook of International Law 202–270

Book reviews

  • Review of Ascensio, Decaux & Pellet (eds), Droit International Pénal in (2002) 73 British Year Book of International Law 352–353
  • Review of Shelton, Remedies in International Human Rights Law in (2002) 73 British Year Book of International Law 381–382
  • Review of Hirst, Jurisdiction and the Ambit of the Criminal Law in [2004] Criminal Law Review 869–870
  • Review of Neff, War and the Law of Nations. A General History in [2007] Cambridge Law Journal 461–463
  • Review of Greenfield, The Return of Cultural Treasures in [2009] Journal of Business Law 104–107
  • Review of Cryer, Friman, Robinson and Wilmshurst, An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure in (2009) 58 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 485–486
  • Review of Van Alebeek, The Immunity of States and Their Officials in International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law in (2010) 23 Leiden Journal of International Law 955–960
  • Review of Kila, Heritage under Siege: Military Implementation of Cultural Property Protection Following the 1954 Hague Convention and Petrovic, The Old Bridge of Mostar and Increasing Respect for Cultural Property in Armed Conflict (2014) 21 International Journal of Cultural Property 95–96

Blog entries

  • Diplomatic Asylum and the Assange Case: A Reply to Maarten Den Heijer’, Opinio Juris, 19 November 2013
  • ‘Immunity ratione materiae from extradition proceedings: A rejoinder to Thiago Braz Jardim Oliveira’ and follow-up, EJIL: Talk!, 5 September 2013
  • ‘Enter at Your Own Risk’, EJIL: Talk!, 16 August 2012
  • ‘Once upon a time there was a gap …’, EJIL: Talk!, 8 December 2010 and 6 January 2012

Other

  • ‘A challenge for the ICJ’, TimorLink, No 40, July 1997, 3–5
  • Translation (French to English) of forward and methodological notes to International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Reports of Orders, Decisions and Judgements 19951997 (Brussels: Bruylant, 2000) and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Reports of Orders, Decisions and Judgements 1998 (Brussels: Bruylant, 2003)
  • Foreword to Rose, International Anti-Corruption Norms: Their Creation and Influence on Domestic Legal Systems (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)

Teaching

Undergraduate

Public International Law (LAWS3014): Convenor and lecturer

Graduate Taught

International Criminal Law (LAWSG085): Convenor and lecturer

International Cultural Heritage Law (LAWSG180): Convenor and lecturer

Foundations and Principles of International Law (LAWSG174): Lecturer

War Law II: International Law of Armed Conflict (LAWSG056B): Lecturer

Law of Treaties (LAWSG178): Lecturer

PhD Supervision

Professor O’Keefe is available to supervise PhD theses on most topics of general international law, as well as on aspects of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and international cultural heritage law.