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Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne

Associate Professor of Law, University of Bristol

Dr Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne is an Associate Professor in Law and co-director of the Centre for International Law at the University of Bristol. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Reading, Stipendiary Lecturer at Merton College, Oxford, British Research Council Fellow at the John W Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington DC, and Treasurer & Member of the Executive Committee of Oxford Pro Bono Publico.

Lawrence's research interests cut across a number of topics within public international law, with his recent work focusing on international dispute settlement, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international criminal law. In 2023 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for his research in international law. His monograph, Detention in Non-International Armed Conflict, which was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press, was awarded the American Society of International Law's 2016 Francis Lieber Prize for best book in the field of international law and armed conflict as well as the 11th Paul Reuter Prize (administered by the International Committee of the Red Cross). His scholarship has been cited by, amongst others, the UK Court of Appeal and UK Supreme Court.

Lawrence has acted as advisor to, inter alia, United Nations Special Rapporteurs, the International Bar Association, and the European Parliament. He frequently assists with cases raising public law and public international law issues before UK courts and international tribunals. He has been called to the Bar of England & Wales.


  • 2022–present
    Associate Professor in Law, University of Bristol
  • 2013–2021
    Associate Professor in Law, University of Reading


  • 2014 
    University of Oxford, DPhil in Law
  • 2009 
    University of Oxford, BCL
  • 2008 
    London School of Economics, LLB