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Lecturer in International Criminal Law, The University of Edinburgh

Paul Behrens joined the faculty in 2012. His principal research interests are international criminal law, diplomatic law, international humanitarian law and comparative constitutional law. Paul has published articles and book chapters on various fields of international law and is co-editor of Elements of Genocide (Routledge 2012) and The Criminal Law of Genocide (Ashgate 2007). He was joint guest editor of the third issue of the 2005 International Criminal Law Review. He has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and has given guest lectures and seminars at the University of Stockholm, the University of Gothenburg and the Pázmány Péter Catholic University at Budapest.

Paul is an Assoicate of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Leicester University and member of the Surrey International Law Centre. Together with the director of the Stanley Burton Centre, he is the founder of an interdisciplinary research initiative which has hosted conferences on selected topics in the field of genocide studies. These meetings were attended by some of the world's leading experts in the field; the last conference (on genocidal intent) was funded by the British Academy.
Paul has worked in the past inter alia for the European Communities Committee of the House of Lords and for the University of Leicester, where he was a lecturer in law until 2012. He has written expert commentaries for leading newspapers, including the Süddeutsche Zeitung, The Guardian and The Scotsman and has given radio interviews on current affairs.


  • –present
    Lecturer in International Criminal Law, University of Edinburgh