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Dr Chris O'Meara

Senior Lecturer


Dr Chris O’Meara is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter and Exeter Law School's Director of Admissions and Deputy Director of Global Engagement. Chris' research interests lie in the field of public international law, with a particular focus on the legal regulation of armed conflict. Chris holds a PhD in International Law and an LLM in International Law from University College London, as well as an LLB in Law and European Law from the University of Nottingham. Prior to his current appointment, Chris was a Fellow in Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also been a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School and Leiden Law School and previously practised as a lawyer at Linklaters and Latham & Watkins.

Chris is the author of Necessity and Proportionality and the Right of Self-Defence in International Law (OUP, 2021), which is part of the prestigious Oxford Monographs in International Law series. His latest book, The Right of Self-Defence in International Law will be published by OUP in 2025 as part of their Elements of International Law series. Chris has also published in leading international law journals, including the International & Comparative Law Quarterly and Journal on the Use of Force and International Law.

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  • General International Law
  • Use of Force
  • Self-Defence
  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • International Humanitarian Law

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Modules taught

  • LAW2041 - Equity and Trusts
  • LAW2144 - International Law and the United Kingdom
  • LAW3024 - Public International Law
  • LAW3146 - International Law, Conflict and Strategy

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