SOAS University of London

School of Law

Dr Catriona Drew

LLB (Aberdeen) PhD (London)
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School of Law

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Dr Catriona Drew
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Dr Catriona Drew teaches public international law in the School of Law and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London. Before joining SOAS she taught for many happy years at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She holds a LLB from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD from the London School of Economics. She has been a visiting fellow at the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School (1999–2000) and at the Hauser Global Law School, New York University School of Law (2006–2007). She is co-founder and co-director of the Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law at SOAS, and co-founder and Managing Editor of the London Review of International Law ( In 2008, Catriona and Professor Aeyal Gross, were jointly awarded the Director's Teaching Prize for their LLM/MA course: Law, Human Rights and Peacebuilding: The Israel-Palestine Case. Catriona’s research interests lie in the area of international legal history with a particular focus on the law on self-determination of peoples. She is currently completing a book, Self-determination: the Untold Story of Population Transfer,to be published by Cambridge University Press.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Christopher Argyris, Nothing Secedes Like Succession: Why Self-Determination Movements Fail to Achieve State Sovereignty and International Recognition
  • Melinda Janki , External self-determination under international law.
  • Paola Zichi, Thesis (Working) Title: On Feminist Approaches to Self-Determination in Mandatory Palestine
  • Syed Masud Reza,
  • Victoria Allen Stainsby, Hungry Ghosts of Empire: Reimagining Postcolonial Narrative and Law


Public International Law, self- determination of peoples, human rights and the theory of international law.


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Craven, Matthew and Drew, Catriona and Humphreys, Stephen and Lang, A. and Marks, Susan (2013) 'The London Review of International Law Begins'. London Review of International Law, (1) 1, pp 1-5.

Drew, Catriona (2001) 'The East Timor Story: International Law on Trial'. European Journal of International Law, (12(4)), pp 651-684.

Scobbie, Iain and Drew, Catriona (1996) 'Self-Determination Undetermined: The Case of East Timor'. Leiden Journal of International Law, (9) 1, pp 185-211.

Book Chapters

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Drew, Catriona (2017) 'Remembering 1948: Who’s Afraid of International Law in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?'. In: Gaita, Raimond and Simpson, Gerry, (eds.), Who’s Afraid of International Law?. Melbourne: Monash University Press, pp 103-134.

Drew, Catriona (2007) 'The Meaning of Self-determination: “The Stealing of the Sahara” Redux?'. In: Arts, K. and Leite, P., (eds.), International Law and the Question of Western Sahara. Leiden: International Platform of Jurists for East Timor (IPJET).

Drew, Catriona (1997) 'Self-determination, Population Transfer and the Middle East Peace Accords'. In: Bowen, Stephen, (ed.), Human Rights, Self-determination and Political Change in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Kluwer Law International: The Hague, pp 119-168.


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Drew, Catriona and Craven, Matthew (2014) 'Invoking the Language of ‘Savagery’ and ‘Barbarism’ in International Law Debates' OUPBlog.

Drew, Catriona (2003) 'With Law on Their Side' Glasgow Student Web Journal.


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