Professor Ilona Cheyne

LL.B. LL.M. Barrister FRSA

Professor Emerita

School of Law and Social Sciences

Ilona Cheyne


My first degree was in Law and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. My main interest was in public international law, and I went on to do my postgraduate degree at the LSE where I specialised in air and space law, the law of armed conflict, the law of the sea and the law of international institutions. Since then I have developed my research interests to include international trade law and the environment and, more recently, science and law, management of human-animal conflicts, intellectual property law, the protection of traditional knowledge and biodiversity, and law and ethics.

I previously taught at the Universities of Aberystwyth and Newcastle, and was appointed to a Chair in Law at Oxford Brookes University in March 2010. I have been a visiting fellow at Cambridge and Michigan, and a visiting professor in Aarhus, Denmark.

I am currently supervising PhDs in commercial arbitration and Sharia, the responsibility to protect in human rights, the Sierra Leone Special Court, and use of force by non-governmental groups. Previously I have supervised PhDs in the trade mark protection and Sharia, law of the sea, outer space law, self-determination and democracy, regional organisations and TRIPS, legal protection of forests, and other areas of international environmental law.

I am particularly interested in doctoral supervision in the areas of international economic law (including trade and investment), international environmental law, environmental law and ethics, and law and religion.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

  • International Law
  • International Economic Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Law, Globalisation and Development


  • WTO law and related subjects, including intellectual property
  • International environmental law
  • European environmental law
  • Science and law (particularly relating to Climate Change)
  • Biodiversity and traditional knowledge
  • Law and ethics
  • Public international law

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Ryal Wun The Use of Force and Statehood Seeking Territories Active


I have published widely on international trade and environment, particularly on the implications of the precautionary and proportionality principles. I am currently working in the area of law and environmental ethics, the role of public policy defences, and legal aspects of the Anthropocene.


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Professional information


I have presented at conferences across Europe and the US, most recently on the use of public policy in international courts and tribunals, intellectual property and climate change, precaution and trade, and consumer labeling in WTO and EU law.