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Dr Stephen Allen, BA (Kent); LLM (Bristol), PhD (Bristol); Barrister (Inner Temple); FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Law

Email: s.r.allen@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7822 5755
Room Number: Mile End

Profile

Dr Stephen Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Law in the Department of Law at QMUL. His current research interests include the areas of territoriality/extra-territoriality, statehood, sovereignty and jurisdiction in international law and the rights of indigenous peoples.

Dr Allen is currently co-Director of the QMUL Research Centre, Centre for European & International Legal Affairs (CEILA).  

He is a fully qualified Barrister with experience of legal practice. He maintains a Door Tenancy at 5 Essex Court Chambers.

Dr Allen has a special interest in the international law aspects of the various legal disputes relating to the Chagos Islands (British Indian Ocean Territory). He has acted as a consultant to the Chagossian (Bancoult) legal team regarding the international legal issues relating to this litigation and worked with the NGO Minority Rights Group International regarding the Chagossian situation. His monograph The Chagos Islanders and International Law was published by Hart Publishing in October 2014.

Dr Allen is interested in the normative challenges that cyberspace presents for international law and transnational law. He was invited to participate in an expert meeting hosted jointly by Tilburg Law School and the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice. It was held in Amsterdam in December 2013. The meeting examined the international legal questions raised by cross-border criminal investigations in ‘The Cloud’ with a view to developing Dutch national legislation in this area. He was also invited to lead workshops on the 2014 Munich Advanced Course in International Law (MACIL) at Munich University. The Academic Programme was based on Cyberspace and International Law.

Dr Allen was an elected member of the International Law Association’s Committee on Indigenous Rights (2009-12). He jointly edited Reflections on The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Hart Publishing, 2011). This collection, which  includes essays written by a number of highly regarded legal scholars and practitioners, has already become an important reference point in the field of indigenous rights.

Dr Allen has a long established interest in the area of territoriality in international law. His co-authored monograph – Title to Territory in International Law: A Temporal Analysis (Ashgate, 2003) – has been cited as a reference work by leading textbooks on international law. His expertise in this area has led to a number of invitations to deliver papers and several commissions to write articles and essays on this subject.

He is supervising a number of PhD students working in the field of international law.

Undergraduate Teaching

Co-Convenor for the Equity & Trusts LLB modules (LAW5003 and LAW6056).

Delivers seminars on the LLB Public International Law module (LAW6032)

Research

Research interests / current research projects

International Law and Legal Theory

Work in progress or projects / conferences and conference papers

In September 2016, Dr Allen participated in an expert workshop on ‘Access to Compulsory Binding Dispute Resolution under Law of the Sea Convention: A Survey of Issues’. It was organised by the Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, University of the Arctic, Tromso, Norway. Dr Allen delivered a presentation entitled ‘Article 297 of UNCLOS and the Scope of Mandatory Jurisdiction’. The papers from the workshop are currently being prepared for publication.  

Dr Allen is jointly editing the Oxford Handbook of Jurisdiction in International Law (OUP, 2018) with two other QMUL colleagues (Prof.Fitzmaurice and Dr Gragl). To this end, he was the co-convenor for the 2015/16 CEILA/CLSGC Annual Seminar Series, which was dedicated to the theme of Jurisdiction.

Dr Allen was responsible for organising and delivering a One Day Conference: ‘Fifty Years of the British Indian Ocean Territory’ Thursday 12 November 2015, under the auspices of the Centre for Small States in the Law School at QMUL. He is currently editing a collection of essays arising from this Conference – Allen, (ed.) ‘Fifty Years of the British Indian Ocean Territory: Legal Perspectives’ (Springer, 2017).

Publications

Recent research publications

Books: Pedagogical

PhD Supervision

Dr Allen is currently supervising a number of PhD students in the field of international law.

Public Engagement

Dr Allen is a fully qualified Barrister with experience of legal practice. He maintains a Door Tenancy at 5 Essex Court Chambers.

Consultant to the Bancoult legal team on the international legal issues relating to the appeals in R (Bancoult) v. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2007 Court of Appeal and 2008 House of Lords) and the 2012 ECHR Case (Chagos Islanders v UK).

He was an Elected Member of the International Law Association’s Committee on Indigenous Rights (2009-2012).


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