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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. 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’ doctoral thesis examined the right of self-defence in international law and the customary requirement that the exercise of defensive force must be necessary and proportionate. His monograph (based on his doctoral thesis) is published by Oxford University Press in their prestigious Oxford Monographs in 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, as well as sharing his work on international law blogs and at international conferences and workshops.


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Research interests

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


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