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Senior Lecturer, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University

Tim Wood is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University, Wellington where he currently teaches Military Law, the Law of Armed Conflict, Security and the Law, and Public International Law for Defence and Security. His research interests cover the juncture between international humanitarian law, foreign policy and the conduct of military operations. This particularly includes the ‘global war on terror’; the post-conflict situation in Sri Lanka; and the implications of breaches of international humanitarian law, with an emphasis upon UK military operations.

Before turning to academia, he was a Group Captain in the Royal Air Force Legal Services where he specialized in operational law and advocacy. His service career included operational deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with UK and NATO forces and time spent globe-trotting as the legal adviser to various deployable headquarters. As an advocate he conducted prosecutions and defence cases at courts martial and in the Sovereign Base Area courts in Cyprus. His final post in the RAF was as a member of the Iraq Historic Allegations Prosecution Team which was tasked to consider cases of alleged unlawful killings and abuse of Iraqi detainees by British personnel.

He is graduate of the University of Wolverhampton (LLB (Hons)), the University of Bristol (LLM) and King’s College London (MA) as well as the Joint Service Command and Staff College (UK).


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    Senior Lecturer, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University