SOAS University of London

Iain Scobbie

LLB (Edinburgh), LLB (Cantab), GDIL (ANU), PhD (Cantab)
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Iain Scobbie
School of Law

Senior Teaching Fellow

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Professor Iain Scobbie
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Professor Scobbie studied at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge, and at the Australian National University. His doctoral dissertation examined legal reasoning and the judicial function in the International Court. Professor Scobbie maintains a special interest in international humanitarian law; international adjudication, particularly the role of the International Court of Justice; and in the theory of international law. He is on the International Advisory Council of Diakonia's International Humanitarian Law Programme, which is based in Jerusalem. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law, and an editor of the EJIL: Talk! blog.



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Scobbie, Iain (2006) 'Regarding/Disregarding: The Judicial Rhetoric of President Barak and the International Court of Justice's Wall Advisory Opinion'. Chinese Journal of International Law, (5) 2, pp 269-300.

Scobbie, Iain (2005) '"Une hérésie en matière judiciaire"? The Role of the Judge ad hoc in the International Court'. The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals, (4) 3, pp 421-464.

Scobbie, Ian (2005) 'The Responsibility of Great Britain in Respect of the Creation of the Palestine Refugee Question'. The Responsibility of Great Britain in Respect of the Creation of the Palestine Refugee Question, (10), pp 39-58.

Scobbie, Ian (2005) 'Unchart(er)ed waters?: consequences of the advisory opinion on the Legal consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory'. European Journal of International Law, (16 : 5).

Scobbie, Ian (2005) 'Words my mother never taught me � �In defence of the International Court�'. Americal Journal of International Law, (99 : 1), pp 76-88.

Scobbie, Ian (2005) 'Slouching towards the Holy City: some weeds for Philip Allott'. European Journal of International Law, (16 : 2), pp 313-327.

Scobbie, Iain (2002) 'The Invocation of Responsibility for the Breach of 'Obligations under Peremptory Norms of General International Law''. European Journal of International Law, (13) 5, pp 1201-120.

Book Chapters

Scobbie, Iain (2007) 'An Intimate Disengagement: Israel's Withdrawal from Gaza, the Law of Occupation and of Self-Determination'. In: Cotran, E. and Lau, M., (eds.), Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, Volume 11 (2004-2005).. Leiden: Brill, pp 3-31.

Scobbie, Ian and Pfaff, D and Shukri, M (2004) 'The responsibility of States and individuals'. The International Criminal Court and enlarging the scope of international humanitarian law. Damascus: ICRC, pp 107-130.

Scobbie, Ian (2003) 'New wine in old bottles or old wine in new bottles or only old wine in old bottles?: reflections on the assertion of jurisdiction in public international law'. In: P, Capps, (ed.), Asserting jurisdiction: international and European legal perspectives. Oxford: Hart, pp 17-37.

Scobbie, Ian and M, Evans (2003) 'Some common heresies about international law: sundry theoretical perspectives'. International law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 59-87.

Scobbie, Ian and PM, Dupuy (2003) 'Invocation de la responsabilité pour violation d’«obligations découlant de normes impératives du droit international général»'. Obligations multilaterales, droit impératif et responabilité internationale des États. Pedone: Paris, pp 121-144.

Scobbie, Ian and Delapraz, D and Shukri, M (2002) 'The jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court'. The International Criminal Court: a challenge to impunity. ICRC: Damascus, pp 17-37.

Conference Items

Scobbie, Ian (2005) 'ESIL Research Forum on International Law: Contemporary Issues'.

Scobbie, Ian (2005) 'Palestine Solidarity Campaign Conference'.

Scobbie, Ian (2005) 'Compliance with International Humanitarian Law: Assessing Compliance-Inducing Agents and Factors'.

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Scobbie, Ian (2005) 'From Theory to Practice: Upholding International Humanitarian Law in the Occupied Territories'.

Scobbie, Ian (2005) 'The Question of Palestine in International Law'.

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Scobbie, Ian (2004) 'Time, history and international law'.

Scobbie, Ian (2004) 'International law cases year in review � English courts and international tribunals'.

Scobbie, Ian (2004) 'International symposium: A Just Solution for Palestinian Refugees?'.

Scobbie, Ian (2004) 'Inaugural Conference of the European Society of International Law'.

Scobbie, Ian (2004) 'Israel-Palestine: one State?'.

Scobbie, Ian (2004) 'United Nations International Meeting on the Impact of the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory'.

Scobbie, Ian (2004) 'Facts, rights and remedies: implementing international law in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict'.

Scobbie, Ian (2004) 'Thinking another world: �this cannot be how the world was meant to be� An event to mark the retirement of Professor Philip Allott'.

Scobbie, Ian (2004) 'United Nations International Conference of Civil Society in Support of the Palestinian People'.

Scobbie, Ian (2004) 'Positivism in International Law'.

Scobbie, Ian (2003) 'Summer School on International Humanitarian Law'.

Scobbie, Ian (2003) 'Symposium on The International Criminal Court and enlarging the scope of international humanitarian law'.


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