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Lecturer in International Law, University of Reading

Dr Saeed Bagheri is Lecturer in International Law at the University of Reading, School of Law, where he has also held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from 2019-2021. He is the Director of Academic Tutoring (PGT).

Prior to joining the University of Reading, Saeed was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) from 2017-2019. During the currency of his post at the EUI, he worked on a project relating to the legal validity of the use of force against armed non-state actors.

Saeed conducts research in the law on the use of force, international humanitarian law, and international human rights law and teaches across a range of modules on the law programs. His main research path explores the contradictions in the application of the law on the use of force and international humanitarian law. He is the author of International Law and the War with Islamic State: Challenges for Jus ad Bellum and Jus in Bello (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 1st edition, 2021).

He has held visiting positions, including Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (Summer 2018), Visiting Lecturer at the University College London (Spring 2018), and Visiting Fellow at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University Law School (Spring 2018). Prior to his postdoctoral positions, he was an Assistant Professor at Akdeniz University from 2015-2017.

Saeed is Co-Convener of the Interest Group on Peace and Security of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), and a member of the British Branch of the International Law Association, and the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL).


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    Lecturer in International Law, University of Reading