I am a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter, specializing in public international law. My work focuses mainly on the legal status of foreign armed forces under international law and other questions of military and operational law. I have published widely in leading academic journals on status of forces agreements, peace support operations and the legal aspects of European security and defence policy.
I maintain close working relationships with legal practitioners in the armed forces and lecture regularly on the subject of international law and military operations in the UK and abroad. I am a Fellow of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.
Noëlle Quénivet (UWE Bristol) and myself have just published SSI Occasional Paper No 2, entitled ‘Human Rights and Military Operations: Confronting the Challenges’. The paper summarizes the findings of a workshop held in February 2015 as part of a British Academy-funded research project we are conducting on the impact of international human rights law on the British armed forces.
In this article, I argue that the European Court has taken one step forward in the Jaloud
case by introducing the notion of full command into the debate on extra-territorial jurisdiction, but two steps back by sowing unnecessary confusion with regard to the applicable rules of attribution.
This article examines the implications of the Serdar Mohammed
case on the law of armed conflict. It argues that the judgment is mistaken as a matter of law and undesirable as a matter of policy, as it drives the convergence between international human rights law and the law of armed conflict too far.