Staff Profiles

Professor Ilona Cheyne

LL.B. LL.M. Barrister FRSA

Professor Emerita

School of Law

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Ilona Cheyne

Phone number: +44 (0)1865 484923



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.