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Dr Nathan Derejko

Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies

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Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies in the School of Government and International AffairsIM212 Al Qasimi Building 


Dr Nathan Derejko is a Lecturer in peace and conflict studies in the Durham Global Security Institute of the School of Government & International Affairs at Durham University. Before joining Durham University, Nathan was a Lecturer in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. Previously, Nathan was Director of the Human Rights Centre Clinic at the University of Essex, Director of the Masters in Human Rights Programme at University College London, and a visiting lecturer at the International Institute of International Humanitarian Law in Sanremo Italy. 

Nathan’s research and teaching interests span three interrelated fields: international humanitarian law (law of armed conflict), international human rights law, and collective security and the use of force under in international law (jus ad bellum). He has a particular interest in the protection of human rights during armed conflict, counter-terrorism and human rights, and the law and practice of non-international armed conflicts. Nathan’s research has been published in leading academic journals, and has been cited by a number of United Nations agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Nathan’s monograph, Identifying Non-International Armed Conflicts in International Law and Practice, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.  

Nathan is also actively engaged outside of academia, and has previously worked with a number of human rights and humanitarian organisations in Canada, Europe, East Africa and the Middle East, and continues to deliver advanced training sessions for military personnel and government agencies, supports strategic litigation efforts in Europe and the Middle East, and serves as an expert member for various NGO committees. Nathan is currently on the Defend Digital Me Advisory Council, an NGO focused on children’s rights to privacy and family life.

Nathan Tweets at @NathanDerejko