SOAS University of London

School of Law

Dr Lutz Oette

First State Exam (Koeln), LLM (London), Dr. Jur (Koeln)
  • Teaching
  • Expertise
  • Publications



Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Manar Idriss , Working Title: The Responsibility to Protect: A critical look at the international community’s response to Sudan’s conflicts
  • Micha Wiebusch, The Emerging Normative Framework of the African Union on Constitutionalism – The Legal Process and the Contribution to Peace, Security and Democratic State Building
  • Noemí Pérez Vásquez, Breaking the silence: women’s access to transitional justice
  • Sara Bertotti , Between Law and Peace: Law’s Violence and the Displacing of Dissent in Peace Agreements (working title)
  • Sidonia Lucia Kula, Working title: Borders, Law & Violence: Irregular Migrants In Angola


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Regional Expertise
  • Africa
  • Global
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Bantekas, Ilias and Oette, Lutz (2016) International human rights law and practice, Second Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bantekas, Ilias and Oette, Lutz (2013) International Human Rights Law and Practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Oette, Lutz (2003) Die Vereinbarkeit der vom Sicherheitsrat nach Kapitel VII der UN-Charta verhängten Wirtschaftssanktionen mit den Menschenrechten und dem humanitären Völkerrecht [The compatibility of UN Security Council Economic Sanctions with International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law]. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.


Wiebusch, Micha and Aniekwe, Chika Charles and Oette, Lutz and Vandeginste, Stef (2019) 'The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance: Past, Present and Future'. Journal of African Law, (63) S1, pp 9-38.

Oette, Lutz and Babiker, Mohamed Abdelsalam (2017) 'Migration Control A La Khartoum: EU External Engagement and Human Rights Protection in the Horn of Africa'. Refugee Survey Quarterly, (36) 4, pp 64-89.

Oette, Lutz (2017) 'Document and Analyze: The Legacy of Klemperer, Fraenkel and Neumann for Contemporary Human Rights Engagement'. Human Rights Quarterly, (39) 4, pp 832-859.

Oette, Lutz (2016) 'Litigation before the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the struggle against torture in Sudan'. Sudan Studies for Sudan and South Sudan, (54), pp 20-33.

Oette, Lutz (2015) 'Austerity and the Limits of Policy-Induced Suffering: What Role for the Prohibition of Torture and Other Ill-Treatment'. Human Rights Law Review, (15) 4, pp 669-694.

Oette, Lutz (2014) 'From Calculated Cruelty to Casual Violence – The United Nations War Crimes Commission and the Prosecution of Torture and Ill-Treatment'. Criminal Law Forum, (25) 1-2, pp 291-321.

Oette, Lutz (2012) 'Implementing the prohibition of torture: the contribution and limits of national legislation and jurisprudence'. International Journal of Human Rights, (16) 5, pp 717-736.

Oette, Lutz (2011) 'Accountability and Justice in Sri Lanka: a new chapter at last?'. Open Democracy.

Oette, Lutz (2011) 'Bridging the Enforcement Gap: Compliance of States Parties with Decisions of Human Rights Treaty Bodies'. Interights Bulletin, (16) 2, pp 51-54.

Oette, Lutz (2010) 'The European Court Grand Chamber Judgment in Gäfgen v Germany'. The Reparation Report, pp 6-7.

Oette, Lutz (2010) 'Peace and Justice, or Neither?: The Repercussions of the al-Bashir Case for International Criminal Justice in Africa and Beyond'. Journal of International Criminal Justice, (8) 2, pp 345-364.

Oette, Lutz (2002) 'A Decade of Sanctions against Iraq: Never again! The end of unlimited sanctions in the recent practice of the United Nations Security Council'. European Journal of International Law, (13) 1, pp 93-103.

Oette, Lutz (1999) 'Die Entwicklung des Oil for Food Programms und die gegenwärtige humanitäre Lage im Irak'. Zeitschrift für ausländisches und öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law), (59) 3, pp 839-862.

Edited Books or Journals

Oette, Lutz and Babiker, Mohamed Abdelsalam, (eds.), (2018) Constitution-Making and Human Rights in the Sudans. London and New York: Routledge. (Routledge Research in Constitutional Law).

Oette, Lutz, (ed.), (2011) Criminal Law Reform and Transitional Justice: Human Rights Perspectives for Sudan. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate. (International and comparative criminal justice).

Book Chapters

Oette, Lutz (2018) 'Power, conflict and human rights in Sudan'. In: Oette, Lutz and Babiker, Mohamed Abdelsalam, (eds.), Constitution-Making and Human Rights in the Sudans. London and New York: Routledge, pp 15-40.

Ibrahim Abdelgabar, Noha and Babiker, Mohamed Abdelsalam and Oette, Lutz (2018) 'Constitutional dimensions of minority rights and the rights of peoples in the Sudans'. In: Oette, Lutz and Babiker, Mohamed Abdelsalam, (eds.), Constitution-Making and Human Rights in the Sudans. London and New York: Routledge, pp 139-159.

Oette, Lutz (2018) 'The UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies: Impact and Future'. In: Oberleitner, Gerd, (ed.), International Human Rights Institutions, Tribunals and Courts. Singapore: Springer, pp 95-116.

Oette, Lutz (2012) 'Oil for Food Programme'. In: Wolfrum, Rüdiger, (ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Oette, Lutz (2012) 'The African Union High-Level Panel on Darfur: A Precedent for Regional Solutions to the Challenges Facing International Criminal Justice?'. In: Nhemielle, Vincent, (ed.), Africa and the Future of International Criminal Justice. The Hague: Eleven International Publishing, pp 353-374.

Oette, Lutz (2009) 'Reparació En Periodes De Transició Incerta. Lliçons Des Del Sudan [Reparation in Times of Uncertain Transition. Lessons from Sudan]'. In: Olivan, Helena and Prandi, Maria and Cañadas, Maria, (eds.), Dretş Humans I Justicia Transicional: Gestionant El Passat. Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament d'Interior, Relacions Institucionals i Participació, Oficina de Promoció de la Pau i dels Drets Humans and escola de cultura de pau, pp 178-189.

Oette, Lutz (2009) 'Bringing Justice to Victims? Responses of Regional and International Human Rights Courts and Treaty Bodies to Mass Violations'. In: Ferstman, Carla and Goetz, Mariana and Stephens, Alan, (eds.), Reparations for Victims of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity: Systems in Place and Systems in the Making. Leiden; Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, pp 217-242.

Oette, Lutz (2009) 'Torture Treatment Centres'. In: Forsythe, David P., (ed.), Oxford Human Rights Encyclopedia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Oette, Lutz (2007) 'India’s International Obligations Towards Victims of Human Rights Violations: Implementation in Domestic Law and Practice'. In: Raj Kumar, C. and Chockalingam, K., (eds.), Human Rights, Justice & Constitutional Empowerment. Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp 462-485.

Oette, Lutz (2006) 'Human rights as development and development through human rights in Asia: Rights, remedies and accountability'. In: Raj Kumar, C. and Srivastava, D.K., (eds.), Human Rights and Development: Law, Policy and Governance. Hong Kong: LexisNexis, pp 271-286.

Book Reviews

Oette, Lutz (2018) 'An Innovative Approach to Women's Studies in Sudan: A Review and a Report'. Sudan Studies for South Sudan and Sudan, (58), pp 5-9.

Oette, Lutz (2015) 'Review of: Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, 'Shari'a and Islamism in Sudan: Conflict, Law and Social Transformation'. London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2012, 343 p.'. Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, Volume 17, 2011-2012, pp 788-792.

Oette, Lutz (2014) 'Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan, Mark Fathi Massoud, Cambridge University Press 2013'. Journal of African Law, (58) 1, pp 175-178.

Oette, Lutz (2010) 'Book Review: Mahmood Mamdani, Saviors and Survivors, Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror'. Journal of African Law, (54) 2, pp 313-318.


Oette, Lutz and Hovil, Lucy (2017) 'Tackling the root causes of human trafficking and smuggling from Eritrea: The need for an empirically grounded EU policy on mixed migration in the Horn of Africa'.

Ferstman, Carla and Oette, Lutz (2016) 'Mass Refugee Influxes, Refoulement and the Prohibition Against Torture'.

Oette, Lutz and Babiker, Mohamed Abdelsalam (2014) 'The Rule of Law and Human Rights in Sudan: challenges and prospects for reform' Institutional Reforms Series.

Oette, Lutz (2008) 'Another Piece in the Puzzle: Accountability and Justice for International Crimes in Sudan'.


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