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Research interests

Graham's research interests lie in the general field of Public International Law with particular emphasis on issues surrounding the development and creation of international legal rules regulating the use of force. Graham's research combines a deep interest in not merely the development/change of the primary rules of law but also the process by which this development occurs; for which his research has been commended by the International Law Association.

An area of particular interest is the role of the United Nations in responding to mass attrocities. Graham's research enables him to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue for the puprose of informing the the promotion and development of an international world order that has human rights protection as its guiding value. 


Dr Graham Melling joined Northumbria Law School in April 2020. Graham holds a Ph.D in Public International Law from the University of Reading and an LL.M in International Law from the University of Sheffield. Graham has considerable experience teaching interenational law across a range of subject areas to both undergraduate and postgraduate students; along with Ph.D supervision. Graham has held visiting academic positions in Public International Law at South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China and the Open University of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Graham has undertaken peer review for a number of leading international law journals including amongst others Journal on the Use of Force in International Law; Indian Journal of International Law; along with publishers of international law texts, such as Cambridge University Press.

Graham is willing to accept Ph.D or other research proposals across the range of his research interests.

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Public International Law, University of Reading

Law, LLM, International Law, University of Sheffield


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