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Dr Annika Jones

Associate Professor


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Dr Annika Jones is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Exeter. She joined the Law School in 2022. Prior to this, she was an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Durham. She has also held posts at the University of Exeter (2012-15) and the University of Nottingham. In 2009, she worked in the Chambers of the International Criminal Court (ICC), in the Appeals and Trial Divisions. From 2007-2012, she worked on the development of the ICC’s National Implementing Legislation Database, one of the ICC’s digital legal tools.

Annika's research explores the pursuit of efficiency in international criminal courts and tribunals and the impact of efficiency-building on the nature and function of these institutions. Her articles on this topic have been published in the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the International Criminal Law Review. Another strand of her research examines judicial interaction in the adjudication of international crimes. This research includes articles published in the North Carolina Journal of International Law and the Human Rights Law Review.

Annika is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a fellow of the Forum for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law (FICHL) and a member of the editorial board of the International Criminal Law Review 

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Research interests

  • Factors shaping the making and development of international law 
  • Judicial dialogue and interaction between courts
  • International criminal law and procedure
  • International human rights, particularly in the context of international criminal trials
  • Public international law 

Research supervision

Dr Jones welcomes applications from students wishing to research in her fields of expertise. 

External impact and engagement

Dr Jones' research has been cited by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in support of the practice of seeking guidance from the jurisprudence of human rights bodies in defining, amongst other things, human rights violations amounting to international crimes. See: Case File No. 004/07-09-2009, Notification on the Interpretation of ‘Attack Against the Civilian Population’ in the Context of Crimes Against Humanity with Regard to a State’s or Regime’s Own Armed Forces, D306/17.1, 7th February 2017.


Dr Jones holds a first-class degree in Law (LLB) and an LLM in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict with distinction, both from the University of Nottingham. Her doctoral thesis, which examined the use of external case law in the early years of the ICC’s operation, was completed at the same institution. In 2012, she was awarded the University of Nottingham Endowed Postgraduate Prize for her doctoral research.

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