B.Sc. (Econ.) International Relations, LSE, 1995; CPE, City University, London, 1996; MA (Law), City University, 2004; Diploma in European Human Rights Law, European University Institute, Florence, 1998; LL.M., Cambridge University, 1999; Ph.D., Cambridge University, 2003
On the global refugee crisis, watch Ralph’s presentation delivered at the American Society of International Law in 2016, and read his posts, part 1 and part 2, on the blog of the European Journal of International Law.
Ralph Wilde has been a member of the Faculty of Laws at University College London (UCL), University of London since July 2002. He was formerly a Supervisor in International Law at Trinity, Corpus Christi and St. Edmund’s Colleges, Cambridge, a Guest Lecturer at the Cambridge University Law Faculty, and the Henry Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School.
Since joining UCL, Ralph has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas Law School, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, a Senior Global Research Fellow at NYU Law School, a Visiting Faculty Member at the Central European University in Budapest, a Senior Fellow at Melbourne University School of Law, a Visiting Professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, a Senior Visiting Researcher at the Fundação Casa Rui Barbosa, Rio de Janeiro, a Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Paraiba, João Pessoa, Brazil, a Senior Visiting Fellow at Al Quds University, Palestine, and a Visiting Research Professor at Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Ralph is an expert in public international law, and also has an interest in the interface between international law and related academic disciplines, including international relations and legal and political theory.
Ralph is a Senior Research Associate at the Refugee Law Initiative of the Human Rights Consortium of the University of London School of Advanced Studies, and a member of the UCL Migration Research Unit, the UCL Refuge in a Moving World Network, the Advisory Panel on Public International Law of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law, the Peer Review Council of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Advisory Board of the ‘Legal Tools For Peace-Making’ Project at Cambridge University. In 2018 he will serve as Director of Studies of the Centre for Studies and Research at the Hague Academy of International Law.
Ralph previously served as Academic Secretary of the British Branch of the International Law Association (ILA), and as one of the two UK representatives on the international ILA Executive Council, from 2004-2011. He was also Rapporteur of the ILA Study Group on UN Reform, and Co-Rapporteur of the ILA Committee on Human Rights. He was formerly a Trustee and member of the Board of Directors of the AIRE (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) Centre in London, and a member of the Advisory Board of the UCL Centre for International Courts and Tribunals, the Steering Committee of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, the UK Lawyers’ Committee of Peace Brigades International, the governing boards of the LSE and the University of London, the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, the Executive Board of the European Society of International Law, the executive Committee of the UK Human Rights Lawyers’ Association, and the Advisory Committee of International Lawyers for Africa.
Ralph is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, the London Review of International Law, and Prima@Facie (the Law Journal of the Federal University of Paraiba, João Pessoa, Brazil). He was previously joint book review editor of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, a member of the editorial boards of the Yale Journal of International Law and the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, and a member of the editorial advisory boards of Current Legal Problems, the International Journal of Statebuilding and the journal Global Change, Peace & Security.
For his research Ralph has been awarded grants from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation, and a Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. In 2010, the UK Leverhulme Trust awarded him a Philip Leverhulme Prize, which is given to UK-based academics under 40 who are judged to be ‘outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognized contribution to their particular field of study, recognized at an international level’.
In 2012 Ralph was awarded a €1.1 million Research Frontier Grant (in the ‘Consolidator’ category) from the European Research Council. This is funding a five-year interdisciplinary project, Human Rights Beyond Borders, on the extraterritorial application of human rights law, covering both civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development. The project began in February 2013 and runs until January 2018.
‘Dilemmas in promoting global economic justice through human rights law’ Chapter 5 in Nehal Bhuta (ed.), The Frontiers of Human Rights: Extraterritoriality and its Challenges, Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law (Oxford University Press, 18 February 2016, ISBN: 9780198769279), 127-175 [49 pages/25,000 words]. Open access full text: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1477638/
‘Compliance with human rights norms extraterritorially: ‘human rights imperialism’?’, Chapter 16 in International Law and the Quest for its Implementation/Le droit international et la quête de sa mise en œvre, Liber Amicorum Vera Gowlland-Debbas (Laurence Boisson de Chazournes & Marcelo Kohen, eds., Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, 2010), ISBN 978-9004-17714-7, 319-348 [30 pages/15,000 words]
‘Internationally Administered Territories’ in David Forsythe (ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Rights, Vol. 3 (OUP, 2009) 156-164 [9 pages/6,500 words],
(with Barbara Delcourt) «Le retour des «protectorats». L’irrésistible attrait de l’administration des territoires étrangers» in Barbara Delcourt, Denis Duez et Eric Remacle (eds.), La guerre d’Irak. Prélude d’un nouvel ordre international? (P.I.E.—Peter Lang, Bruxelles, 2004), 219-47 [29 pages/14,000 words]
‘When forced migrants decide to make perilous sea crossings: the causal role of international law,’ American Society of International Law, 166 Proceedings of the 110th Annual Meeting: Adapting to a Changing World (2017, American Society of International Law) 166-9 [4 pages/2000 words], obtainable here: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1503864/, also a video:
‘Kosovo 2008: Independence, recognition and international law’ V(2) (July 2008) Soochow Journal of International Law 50-82 [32 pages/11,000 words]
‘Enhancing accountability at the international level: the tension between international organization and member state responsibility and the underlying issues at stake’ (2006) 12(2) ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law 395 – 415 [20 pages/9,100 words]
‘Legal “Black Hole”?: Extraterritorial state action and international treaty law on civil and political rights’ (2005) 26(3) Michigan Journal of International Law 739 – 806 [68 pages/32,000 words]
‘The ‘Legal Space’ or ‘Espace Juridique’ of the European Convention on Human Rights: Is it Relevant to Extraterritorial State Action?’ (2005) 2 European Human Rights Law Review 115 – 124 [10 pages/5,100 words]
‘Representing international territorial administration: a critique of some approaches,’ (2004) 15(1) European Journal of International Law 71–96 and at SSRN, [26 pages/12,300 words]
‘The complex role of the legal adviser when international organizations administer territory,’ American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the 95th Annual Meeting (2001) 251 – 261 [11 pages/5,200 words]
This article was reproduced as ‘Kosovo (Advisory Opinion)’ in Rudiger Wolfrum (ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Oxford University Press, e-version online 2011, <http://www.mpepil.com/ViewPdf/epil/entries/law-9780199231690-e1307.pdf?stylesheet=EPIL-display-full.xsl>, print version 2012, volume VI, p. 604-9) [6 pages/4,600 words]
‘Remarks’ (on the extraterritorial application of human rights law), American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the 104th Annual Meeting (2011) 110-3 [4 pages/2000 words]
‘Recognition in International Law’, paper presented at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), London, 4 February 2010, contained in ‘Recognition of States: the Consequences of Recognition or Non-Recognition in UK and International Law’, International Law Discussion Group Summary, Chatham House, 2-11 [10 pages/4,000 words]
‘Kosovo—Independence, Recognition and International Law’, paper presented at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), London, 22 April 2008, contained in ‘Kosovo: International Law and Recognition’, Discussion Group Summary, Chatham House, 8-20 [13 pages/4,790 words]
‘The Trusteeship Council,’ Chapter 8 in Thomas G. Weiss & Sam Daws (eds.), The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations (Oxford University Press, 2007), 149-159 [11 pages/4,600 words]
‘Human rights movements’ in Roland Robertson and Jan-Aart Scholte (eds.), Encyclopedia of Globalization (Routledge 2006) Vol. 2, 596-600 [5 pages/2,700 words]
‘Casting Light on the ‘Legal Black Hole’: Some Political Issues at Stake’ (2006) 5 European Human Rights Law Review 552 – 7 [6 pages/3,000 words]
‘The post-colonial use of international territorial administration and issues of legitimacy,’ American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the 99th Annual Meeting (2005) 38 – 42 [5 pages/2,500 words]
‘Self-determination in international law and the position of Montenegro,’ in Sanja Elezovic (ed.), Legal Aspects for Referendum in Montenegro in the Context of International Law and Practice (Foundation Open Society Institute, Representative Office Montenegro, 2005), 25 – 36 [12 pages/4,900 words]
‘The United Nations as government: the tensions of an ambivalent role,’ American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the 97th Annual Meeting (2003) 212 – 15 [4 pages/2,300 words]
‘Taxonomies of international peacekeeping – an alternative narrative,’ (2003) 9(2) ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law 391 – 8 [8 pages/3,600 words]
‘The skewed responsibility narrative of the ‘failed states’ concept,’ (2003) 9(2) ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law 425 – 9 [5 pages/2,000 words]
‘The effect of territorial administration by international organizations on local community-building,’ (2003) 2000 – 2003 Third World Legal Studies Journal 239 – 49 [11 pages/2,400 words]
‘Accountability and international actors in Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor,’ (2001) 7 ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law 455 – 460 [6 pages/2,400 words]
‘From Bosnia to Kosovo and East Timor: the Changing Role of the United Nations in the Administration of Territory,’ (2000) 6 ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law 467 – 71 [5 pages/2,100 words]
(with W. Michael Reisman) ‘The History and Background of Article 19,’ in World Press Freedom Committee (ed.), Everyone Has the Right: The Enduring Importance For a Free Press of Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1998) 35 – 46, [12 pages/4,800 words]
‘Let them drown’: Rescuing migrants at sea and the non-refoulement obligation as a case study of international law’s relationship to ‘crisis’, EJIL: Talk!, Part I, posted 25 February 2017; Part II, posted 27 February 2017 [4,138 words in total]