Professor Robert McCorquodale

Year of Call: 2011

Clerk: Kate Trott

Professor Robert McCorquodale

Year of Call: 2011

Clerk: Kate Trott


Robert practises in public international law. This includes state immunity, state responsibility, sovereignty, territorial boundaries, corporation’s rights and responsibilities under international law, international investment disputes, international organisations, self-determination, international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

He brings considerable expertise to this area of practice from his experience as the Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Nottingham. He is also a former Fellow and Lecturer at St. John's College, University of Cambridge, and he has practised as a solicitor with leading commercial law firms. He is a Bencher of Middle Temple.

Robert has written extensively on public international law and international human rights law, including being an author of the leading Cases and Materials on International Law. He has also provided advice to governments, corporations, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and peoples concerning international law and human rights issues, including advising on the drafting of new constitutions and conducting training courses around the world.

practice areas

Robert's legal practice is focussed on public international law. In particular, he has experience in the international legal responsibilities of companies, international human rights law, self-determination, international organisations, state immunity, state responsibility, armed conflicts, international investment dispute settlement and general public international law.

Public Law

Robert practises in public law, especially in its public international law aspects. He has appeared before the Supreme Court in SerVaas Incorporated v Rafidain Bank & Republic of Iraq, in which it was successfully argued that state immunity applied. He is also engaged in other public law cases, including a case involving the legality of the use of drones.


Robert has considerable knowledge of international arbitration, especially in regard to litigation under bilateral investment treaties. He has provided advice on matters involving corporations and governments.


Recent Publications

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Protecting Education in Insecurity and Armed Conflict (BIICL, 2012) (with Kristin Hausler and Nicole Urban)

International Law Beyond the State (Cameron May, 2011)

Cases and Materials on International Law (Oxford University Press, 5th edition, 2011) (with Martin Dixon and Sarah Williams)

The Rule of Law in International and Comparative Context (edited) (BIICL, 2010)

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Action (Oxford University Press, 2007) (edited with Mashood Baderin)

Human Rights (Ashgate, 2003)

Self-Determination in International Law (Ashgate, 2000)

‘Pluralism, Global Law and Human Rights’ (2013) 2 Global Constitutionalism 287-315

‘Human Rights Responsibilities in the Oil and Gas Sector: Applying the UN Guiding Principles’ (2013) 6 Journal of World Energy Law and Business 1-65 (with Rae Lindsay and others)

‘Sovereign Immunity from Enforcement of Debts’ (2012) Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (with Oliver Jones)

‘Climate Change and Its Impact on Security and Survival’ (2011) 37 Commonwealth Law Bulletin 617-627 (with Kristin Hausler)

‘Business, the International Rule of Law and Human Rights’ in R. McCorquodale (ed), The Rule of Law in International and Comparative Context (BIICL, 2010) 27-47

‘Caucuses in the Caucasus: The Application of the Right of Self-Determination’ (with K. Hausler) in J. Green and C. Waters (eds) Conflict in the Caucasus: Implications for International Legal Order (Palgrave, 2010) 26-53

‘The Individual in International Law’ in M. Evans (ed), International Law (OUP, 3rd ed, 2010) 284-310

‘A Future for Human Rights Law’, in M. Baderin and M. Ssenyonjo (eds), International Human Rights Law: 60 Years after the UDHR (Ashgate, 2010) 541-553

‘Non-State Actors and International Human Rights Law” in S. Joseph and A. McBeth (eds) Research Handbook on International Human Rights Law (Edward Elgar, 2010) 97-114

‘Rights of Peoples and Minorities’ in D. Moeckli, S. Shah and S. Sivakumaran (eds) International Human Rights Law (OUP, 2010) 365-387

‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights’, (2009) 87 Journal of Business Ethics 385-400

‘International Organisations and International Human Rights Law: One Giant Leap for Humankind’ in K. Kaikobad and M. Budlander (eds), International Law and Power Perspectives on Legal Order and Justice (Brill, 2009) 141-162

‘Impact on State Responsibility’ in M. Kamminga and M. Scheinin (eds), The Impact of Human Rights on General International Law (OUP, 2009) 235-254

‘The Rule of Law Internationally’ in M. Andenas and D. Fairgrieve (eds), Tom Bingham and the Transformation of the Law (OUP, 2009) 137-146

‘Responsibility Beyond Borders: State Responsibility for Extraterritorial Violations by Corporations of International Human Rights Law’ (2007) 70 Modern Law Review 599-626 (with Penelope Simons)

Education & Qualifications

Bachelor of Economics (Sydney)

Bachelor of Law (Sydney)

Masters of Law (Cambridge)

PhD (Cambridge)

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