Professor Gerry Simpson FBA

The history, theory and language of public international law with particular attention to war crimes trials, and the Cold War

Elected 2019

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

Gerry Simpson was appointed to a Chair in Public International Law at LSE in January, 2016. He previously taught at the University of Melbourne (2007-2015), the Australian National University (1995-1998) and LSE (2000-2007), and was an Open Society Fellow based in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is the author of Great Powers and Outlaw States (Cambridge, 2004) winner of the American Society of International Law’s Prize in 2005 and translated into several languages, and Law, War and Crime: War Crimes Trials and the Reinvention of International Law (Polity 2007). He has co-edited (with Kevin Jon Heller) Hidden Histories (Oxford, 2014), (with Raimond Gaita) Who’s Afraid of International Law? (Monash, 2017) and (with Matt Craven and Sundhya Pahuja) International Law and the Cold War (Cambridge, 2019). Gerry’s current research projects include an ARC-funded project on Cold War International Law (with Matt Craven, SOAS) and Sundhya Pahuja, (Melbourne), a counter-history of International Criminal Justice and a book about international law’s interior life titled The Sentimental Life of International Law.

Current post

Professor of Public International Law, London School of Economics

Past appointments

Melbourne Law School Kenneth Bailey Chair of Law

2010 - 2016

Melbourne Law School Professor of Law

2008 - 2010

London School of Economics Professor of Law

2007 - 2009

London School of Economics Reader

2004 - 2007

London School of Economics Senior Lecturer

2000 - 2004

Harvard Law School Visiting Scholar

1999 - 1999

Law School, Australian National University Associate Dean

1998 - 1998

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