SOAS University of London

School of Law

Dr Riccardo Labianco

Master Degree in Law (Trento, Italy) LLM (SOAS) PhD (SOAS)
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Riccardo Labianco
School of Law

Senior Teaching Fellow

Dr Riccardo Labianco
Email address:
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
Academic Support Hours:
Wednesdays 2-3pm in S343
Thesis title:
Public International Law and the Responsibility of Arms-Exporting States
Year of Study:
Year of entry 2016
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PhD Research

States engaged in international arms transfers are not free from responsibilities, especially when those armaments are involved in conflicts or atrocities. Despite its limitations, my research aims at analysing how international law imposes duties on states engaged in arms transfers and holds them responsible for the harmful outcomes of their shipments of weapons.

This research is a contribution that emphasises international law’s strengthens with regard to the regulation of arms transfers, without ignoring its weaknesses. Despite states have been transferring armaments for a long time, it seems that international norms on this phenomenon have rarely been subjected to an accurate analysis that takes into account both states’ practice on arms transfers and the values on which post-1945 international law is based, such as the maintenance of peace and the universality of human rights.

No state is an island; through its actions, every country can negatively or positively affect the peace of other regions of the world and the dignity of the people living there. In a time when arms embargoes are rare or scarcely respected, it is crucial that every state controls the transfer of arms sent abroad and responds of its responsibilities for their harmful effects. This research shows how international law can serve this purpose.



‘Relationship Between Municipal and International Law. President Mattarella’s Refusal to Promulgate a Law on the Financing of the Arms Industry.’ (2018) 27 The Italian Yearbook of International Law 495.

‘The Parliamentary Practice of Italy on Arms Export: The Cases of Libya, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Ukraine and Egypt.’ (2017) 26 The Italian Yearbook of International Law 604.


International Law of Armed Conflicts, Public International Law, The Relationship between International Relations and International Law, the Middle East.