Dr Michael John-Hopkins

Senior Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Social Sciences

Michael John-Hopkins


Dr John-Hopkins is a Lecturer in Law, academic adviser and module coordinator for International Humanitarian Law. He is also Peer reviewer and adviser for Oxford University Press and Pearson Publishing (Tort Law and Land Law) as well as Palgrave MacMillan (Graduate Diploma in Law).

Areas of expertise

  • International Humanitarian Law (with focus on targeting law; weaponry law; housing, land and property in conflict and post-conflict situations: access to land, the right to return, decontamination, mediating and supervising competing private and public interests in land; the sociology of war and other situations of violence; military and strategic studies: counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism doctrine).
  • International Human Rights Law (with focus on human rights, terrorism and counter-terrrorism; housing, land, property and human rights (landlord and tenant issues & adverse possession); human rights law fact-finding).
  • Refugee Law (with focus on refugee qualification; refugee status determination procedures; refugee protection; safe country of origin and third country determination procedures).
  • Land Law (with focus on landlord and tenant law; land law and human rights; adverse possession).
Michael John-Hopkins

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

Undergraduate (LLB):

  • Module co-ordinator for Land Law
  • Tort Law
  • International Human Rights Law

Postgraduate (GDL, LLM, PhD):

  • Module co-ordinator for GDL Land Law
  • Module co-ordinator for International Humanitarian Law (LLM)
  • GDL Tort Law
  • International Human Rights Law (LLM)

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Abdullah Celik Highly skilled migration into the UK: The case of Turkish nationals Active
Sanjana Karnik The regulation of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in warfare Active


Dr John-Hopkins published The Rule of Law in Crisis and Conflict Grey Zones

  • "This book is an innovative, yet pragmatic, approach to cutting the Gordian knot caused by the increasing overlap of jurisdiction between international human rights law and international humanitarian law, in particular, tackling head on the differences relating to the use of force in targeting operations".
    Professor Charles Garraway, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex.
  • Reviewed in the Journal of Conflict and Security Law.


Research impact


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Further details

Other experience

Academic experience:

  • Aberystwyth University, Tutor in Law (2007 - 2012). Peer reviewer for the International Journal of Transitional Justice.
  • Utrecht University, The Netherlands, Visiting LL.M Lecturer in International Humanitarian Law & International Criminal Law (2011).

Professional experience:

  • UK Refugee Council (2007).
  • Soutre-Bousquet-Pejoine, Cabinet des Avocats, Bordeaux, France (2006).
  • United Nations ICTY, Office of the Prosecutor, Den Haag, The Netherlands (2005).