Dr Russell Buchan
School of Law
Senior Lecturer in International Law
+44 114 222 6769
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School of Law
I am a senior lecturer in international law at the University of Sheffield School of Law. I am part of the admissions team for the School’s undergraduate course.
- LLB (Hons)
- Research interests
- International Humanitarian Law
- International Criminal Law
- Cyber War
- Post Conflict Reconstruction
- International Legal and Political Theory
Member of the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law Research Cluster.
- Cyber Espionage and International Law. Bloomsbury Publishing.
- Research Handbook on International Law and Cyberspace. Edward Elgar Publishing.
- International Law and the Construction of the Liberal Peace. Hart.
- Editorial. Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, 12(1), 1-3.
- Autonomous Cyber Weapons and Command Responsibility. International Law Studies, 647-673.
- International Law in a Time of Pandemic. Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, 11(2), 187-191.
- Editorial. Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, 10(2), 213-216.
- Editorial. Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, 10(1), 3-5.
- The Rule of Surrender in International Humanitarian Law. Israel Law Review, 51(1), 3-27. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Automatic Cyber Defence and the Laws of War. German Yearbook of International Law, 60, 203-237.
- The Crisis in Crimea and the Principle of Non-Intervention. International Community Law Review, 19(2-3), 165-193. View this article in WRRO
- Cyber Warfare and the Status of Anonymous under International Humanitarian Law. Chinese Journal of International Law, 15(4), 741-772. View this article in WRRO
- Special Issue: Non-State Actors and Responsibility in Cyberspace: State Responsibility, Individual Criminal Responsibility and Issues of Evidence. Journal of Conflict and Security Law, 21(3), 377-381.
- Cyberspace, Non-State Actors and the Obligation to Prevent Transboundary Harm. Research Handbook of International Law and Cyberspace, 21(3), 429-453. View this article in WRRO
- Developing Democracy Through Liberal International Law. Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, 4(2), 319-343. View this article in WRRO
- Beyond Justice, Beyond Peace? Colombia, the Interests of Justice, and the Limits of International Criminal Law. Criminal Law Forum, 26(2), 291-318. View this article in WRRO
- Developing Democracy through Liberal International Law. Cambridge International Law Journal, 4(2), 319-343.
- Digest of State Practice 1 January–30 June 2014. Journal on the Use of Force and International Law, 1(2), 323-373.
- The MaviMarmara Incident and the International Criminal Court. Criminal Law Forum, 25(3), 465-503. View this article in WRRO
- Digest of State Practice 1 July–31 December 2013. Journal on the Use of Force and International Law, 1(1), 149-189.
- The International Court and Restatement of Fundamental Principles. International Community Law Review, 15(4), 411-414.
- UN peacekeeping operations: when can unlawful acts committed by peacekeeping forces be attributed to the UN?. Legal Studies, 32(2), 282-301.
- United Nations Peacekeeping operations: when can unlaw acts committed by peacekeeping forces be attributed to the United Nations. Legal Studies, 32(2), 282-301.
- II. THE PALMER REPORT AND THE LEGALITY OF ISRAEL'S NAVAL BLOCKADE OF GAZA. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 61(1), 264-273.
- The Application of Public International Law to the Crisis in Libya. International Community Law Review, 14(4), 305-307.
- Cyber War and International Law. Journal of Conflict and Security Law, 17(2), 183-186.
- The Palmer Report and Legality of Israel's Naval Blockade of Gaza. International and Compararative Law Quarterly, 61(1), 264-264.
- Cyber Attacks: Unlawful Users of Force or Prohibited Interventions. Journal of Conflict and Security Law, 17(2).
- Minority Rights in International Law. International Community Law Review, 13(4), 331-332.
- The Externalization of Peacekeeping: Policy, Responsibility, and Accountability. Journal of International Peacekeeping, 15(3-4), 281-315.
- The International Law of Naval Blockade and Israel's Interception of the Mavi Marmara. The Netherlands International Law Review, 58(2), 209-242.
- The Externalization of Peacekeeping: Policy, Responsibility and Accountability. Journal of International Peacekeeping, 15, 281-281.
- Explaining Liberal Aggression: The International Community and Threat Perception. International Community Law Review, 12(4), 413-436.
- Explaining Liberal Aggression. International Community Law Review, 1.
- A Clash of Normativities: The International Society and the International Community. International Community Law Review, 10(1), 3-27.
- International Community and the Occupation of Iraq. Journal of Conflict and Security Law, 12(1), 37-64.
- View this article in WRRO Quo Vadis? Commissions of Inquiry and their Implications for the Coherence of International Law In Buchan R (Ed.), International Law and the Construction of the Liberal Peace
- View this article in WRRO The International Legal Regulation of State-Sponsored Cyber Espionage In Osula A-M & Rõigas H (Ed.), International Cyber Norms: Legal, Policy & Industry Perspectives (pp. 65-86). Tallinn: NATO CCD COE Publications.
- La Contribucion del Derecho Penal a la Proteccion de los Derechos Humanos Fundementales, Derecho internacional poder y límites del derecho en la sociedad global
- The Mavi Marmara Incident and the Application of International Humanitarian Law by Quasi-Judicial Bodies, Applying International Humanitarian Law in Judicial and Quasi-Judicial Bodies (pp. 479-503). T.M.C. Asser Press
- CYBER THREATS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW (pp. 145-146). Edward Elgar Publishing
- Table of legislation (pp. xx-xxviii). Edward Elgar Publishing
Conference proceedings papers
- Cyber Technology and Weapons of Mass Destruction. International Law and Cyber War’ at the School of Law. University of Sydney, August 2012.
- The Cyber Realm as the New Domain of Warfare: The Role of Public International Law. University of Turku, Finland, April 2012.
- Cyber War and International Law: Problems Ahead?. University of Helsinki, Finland, April 2012.
- Transitional Justice Mechanisms and the International Criminal Court. Judicial Conversations: The Role of Judiciaries in Resolving International Conflicts. School of Law, University of Durham, April 2012.
- The International Law of Naval Blockade. Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia, January 2012.
- The International Criminal Court and Colombia. Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia, January 2012.
- The EU Admission Process. Recent Developments in the European Union. Politics School, University of Sheffield, December 2011.
- Cyber Attacks: Unlawful Uses of Force or Prohibited Interventions?. Cyber War and International Law. School of Law, University of Glasgow, October 2011.
- The Application of International Humanitarian Law to Private Military Contractors. University of Sheffield, December 2009.
- The Liberal Peace Revisited. Global Governance Research Centre, University of Helsinki, May 2009.
- The Universality of Liberal Values’. Politics School, University of Sheffield, April 2009.
- Research group
Areas of research supervision
- International Peace and Security
- International Legal Theory
- Post Conflict Reconstruction
- Cyber Security
Title/Description: Awarding Body: People Involved: Dates: Amount: The Responsibility to Protect and Humanity: A Study on the Idea of Human Interconnectedness’ White Rose Collaboration Fund A consortium of 10 academics from Universities across the United Kingdom July 2013 - July 2015 £9,757
- Teaching interests
I teach predominantly in my area of research: public international law. This enables me to teach with enthusiasm and to present to my students my interpretations of international law and, if necessary, how it should be reformed. Importantly, I expect my students to participate in this process; challenging my ideas and interpretations, forcing me to reflect critically upon my research. In light of this expectation, my students are therefore expected to not just understand the law (and its application) but to engage with it normatively; what’s good about the law? What should be maintained? What should be changed? For me, this enables teaching and learning to be as enjoyable as it is rewarding.
I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate module.
- Teaching activities
The modules I teach are:
Foundations of International Law (Convenor)
Advanced Issues in International Law (Convenor)
Postgraduate and MA
Theoretical Foundations of International Organisations (Convenor)
International Law and the Use of Force (Convenor)
International Humanitarian Law (Convenor)
- Professional activities
My book, International Law and the Construction of the Liberal Peace, won the American Society of International Law’s Francis Lieber Prize for an outstanding monograph in the field of armed conflict for 2014.
- I sit on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Use of Force in International Law (Hart Publishing)
- Special Issue Editor of the International Community Law Review (Martinus Nijhoff)
- I sit of the Advisory Board of the International Community Law Review (Martinus Nijhoff)
- I have reviewed numerous articles and book proposals for leading Law Journals and Publishers.
Recent invited papers and keynote lectures
Russell has presented his research at various international and national conferences. These include presentations at the Universities of: Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Oxford, Exeter, Glasgow, Helsinki (Finland), Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Sydney (Australia), Turku (Finland) and Utrecht (Holland). I have also presented my research at the Australian National University and the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia). I have presented my research to the Council of Europe, International Law Association, Society of Legal Scholars, Law and Society Association, Chatham House, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Ukrainian Embassy in London, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.