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Nigel White

Professor of Public International Law, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Professor White re-joined the School of Law at Nottingham in 2009 as Chair in Public International Law. Prior to that he held the Chair of International Law at the University of Sheffield from 2005-2009, and the Chair in International Organisations at the University of Nottingham from 2000-2005. He has held an academic post in Law since 1987, and gained his doctorate from Nottingham in 1988. He gained a First Class BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence from Oxford in 1982. He has served as Head of the School of Law at Nottingham and Dean of the Faculty of Law at Sheffield. He is currently Deputy Head of School at the University of Nottingham and Co-Director of Research. He is also Co-Director of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/nilsc/index.aspx) with Professor Mary Footer.

Expertise Summary

Professor Nigel White's expertise lies specifically in the fields of United Nations Law, Collective Security Law, Peacekeeping Law, and Post-Conflict Law, but more broadly covers international legal aspects of international organisations, counter-terrorism, democracy, access to justice, use of force, arms control, responsibility, sources, personality and dispute settlement.

Professor White has undertaken a number funded research projects including on: the regulation of private military and security contractors (PRIVWAR - EU-FP7); democratic accountability and the deployment of troops (Nuffield); human rights and post-conflict situations UK FCO); the role of national courts in international law (COST); and counter-terrorism and the rule of law (American Bar Association and World Justice Project). In recent years he has given written and oral evidence to the UK House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee (on war powers), the Foreign Affairs Committee (on the legal consequences of Scottish independence, and on the regulation of private military contractors), the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Terrorism (on international legal responses to terrorism), and has made a written submission to the Iraq Inquiry (on the legality of the UK's use of force in 2003). Amongst other editorial responsibilities Professor White is co-editor of the Journal of Conflict and Security Law published by Oxford University Press.

Teaching Summary

Public International Law, United Nations Law, Post-Conflict Law, Access to Justice in International Law

Research Summary

General Public International Law (especially issues of actors, personality, lawmaking, sources, responsibility, accountability, enforcement and the nature of international law); The Law of… read more

Recent Publications

  • WHITE N.D., 2014. The use of weapons in peace operations. In: CASEY-MASLEN, S., ed., Weapons under international human rights law Cambridge University Press. 197-239
  • WHITE N.D., 2014. Advanced Introduction to International Conflict and Security Law Edward Elgar.
  • TSAGOURIAS, N. and WHITE, N.D., 2013. Collective security: theory, law and practice Cambridge University Press.
  • N.D. WHITE, 2013. Preventive Counter-Terrorism and International Law Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 18(2), 181-192

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising students who want to work in the following areas:

  • UN Law
  • Peacekeeping and Post Conflict Law
  • Non-State Actors and International Law
  • Counter-Terrorism and International Law
  • Democracy and International Law

Current PhD Students

Completed PhD Students

  • Jones, Annika: The Use of External Jurisprudence by the International Criminal Court (co-supervised with Dr Olympia Bekou)
  • Seiberth, Corrina: Non-binding Norms and the Regulation of Private Military and Security Companies during Armed Conflict: The Contribution of Soft Law and Codes of Conduct to the Legal Framework of Private Military and Security Companies

Current Research

General Public International Law (especially issues of actors, personality, lawmaking, sources, responsibility, accountability, enforcement and the nature of international law); The Law of International Organizations (particularly UN Law; peacekeeping law; post-conflict rebuilding, responsibility and accountability); Collective Security Law (including regional security law and the privatization of security); Counter-Terrorism and International Law (including human rights law); and Access to Justice in International Law.

Past Research

Professor White's first book was published in 1990, The United Nations and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security, and since then he has authored a number of books. He is sole author of Keeping the Peace (Manchester University Press, 2nd ed, 1997), The UN System: Toward International Justice (Lynne Rienner, 2002), The Law of International Organisations (Manchester University Press, 2nd ed, 2005), Democracy Goes to War: British Military Deployments under International Law (Oxford University Press, 2009), and Collective Security: Law, Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2013). He is also editor and co-editor of eight collections including: International Conflict and Security Law (Cambridge University Press, 2005), The UN, Human Rights and Post-Conflict Situations (Manchester University Press, 2005), European Security Law (Oxford University Press, 2007), International Law and Dispute Settlement (Hart, 2010), and Counter-Terrorism: International Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2012). He has authored over 60 articles and book chapters. He is currently editing a book on International Law and Security a collaborative work based in the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (NILSC), of which he is co-director.

Future Research

Professor White is currently working on a sole authored monograph examining the legal issues surrounding the Cuban embargo.

  • WHITE N.D., 2014. Advanced Introduction to International Conflict and Security Law Edward Elgar.
  • WHITE N.D., 2014. The use of weapons in peace operations. In: CASEY-MASLEN, S., ed., Weapons under international human rights law Cambridge University Press. 197-239
  • TSAGOURIAS, N. and WHITE, N.D., 2013. Collective security: theory, law and practice Cambridge University Press.
  • N.D. WHITE, 2013. Preventive Counter-Terrorism and International Law Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 18(2), 181-192
  • COLLINS R and WHITE N.D., 2013. Between Independence and Accountability: Exploring the Legal Autonomy of International Organizations. In: REINALDA B, ed., Routledge Handbook of International Organization Routledge. 119-131
  • WHITE N.D., 2012. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Peacekeeping Oxford University Press.
  • WHITE N.D., 2012. Regulatory Initiatives at the International Level. In: BAKKER C., AND SOSSAI M., ed., Multi-Level Regulation of Private Military and Security Contractors: The Interplay Between European, International and Domestic Norms Hart. 11-30
  • WHITE N.D., 2012. The United Nations and Counter-Terrorism: Multilateral and Executive Law-Making. In: SALINAS DE FRIAS A.M. SAMUEL K.L.H. AND WHITE N.D., ed., Counter-Terrorism: International Law and Practice Oxford University Press.
  • SALINAS DE FRIAS A.M, SAMUEL K.L.H., WHITE N.D., ed., 2012. Counter-Terrorism: International Law and Practice Oxford University Press.
  • WHITE N.D., 2012. Due diligence obligations of conduct: developing a responsibility regime for PMSCs Criminal Justice Ethics. 31(3), 233-261
  • WHITE N.D., 2012. The Interpretation of Nonproliferation Treaties. In: JOYNER D.H. and ROSCINI M., eds., Nonproliferation Law as a Special Regime Cambridge University Press. 87-118
  • SAMUEL K.L.H. and WHITE N.D., eds., 2012. Counter-Terrorism and International Law Ashgate.
  • WHITE N.D. BUCHAN R. AND JONES H., 2011. The Externalization of Peacekeeping: Policy, Responsibility and Accountability Journal of International Peacekeeping. 15, 281-315
  • WHITE N.D., 2011. Terrorism, Security and International Law. In: HEHIR A, KUHRT N and AND MUMFORD A., eds., International Law, Security and Ethics Routledge. 9-30
  • WHITE N.D., 2011. Towards Integrated Peace Operations. In: ODELLO M and AND PIETROWICZ R, eds., International Military Missions and International Law Brill. 1-23
  • WHITE N.D., 2011. The Privatization of Military and Security Functions and Human Rights: Comments on the UN Working Group’s Draft Convention Human Rights Law Review. 11, 133-151
  • WHITE N.D., 2011. Decision-Making. In: KLABBERS J., ed., Research Handbook on the Law of International Organizations Edward Elgar. 225-250
  • WHITE N.D., 2011. The Security Council, the Security Imperative and International Law. In: HAPPOLD M., ed., International Law in a Multipolar World Routledge. 4-22
  • WHITE N.D., 2011. UN Sanctions: Where Public Law Meets Public International Law Modern Law Review. 74, 445-467
  • WHITE N.D., 2011. Institutional Responsibility for Private Military and Security Companies. In: FRANCIONI F. AND RONZITTI N., ed., War by Contract: Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and Private Contractors Oxford University Press. 381-395
  • WHITE, N.D., 2011. Layers of autonomy in the UN system. In: COLLINS R. and WHITE, N.D., eds., International organizations and the idea of autonomy: institutional independence in the international legal order Routledge. 298-315
  • COLLINS R., AND WHITE N.D., ed., 2011. International Organizations and the Idea of Autonomy: Institutional Independence in the International Legal Order Routledge.
  • WHITE N.D., 2011. Libya and Lessons from Iraq: International Law and the Use of Force by the United Kingdom Netherlands Yearbook of International Law.
  • WHITE N.D. AND COLLINS R., 2010. Moving Beyond the Autonomy-Accountability Dichotomy: Reflections on Institutional Independence in the International Legal Order International Organizations Law Review. 7, 1-8
  • WHITE N.D. and ABASS A., 2010. Countermeasures and Sanctions. In: EVANS M., ed., International Law 3rd ed. Oxford University Press. 531-558
  • WHITE N.D. and SAUL M., 2010. Legal Means of Dispute Settlement in the Field of Collective Security: The Quasi-Jusdicial Powers of the Security Council. In: FRENCH D., SAUL M. and WHITE N.D., eds., International Law and Dispute Settlement: New Problems and Techniques Hart. 191-224
  • FRENCH D., SAUL M. and WHITE N.D., eds., 2010. International Law and Dispute Settlement: New Problems and Techniques Hart.
  • WHITE N.D., 2010. International Law, The United Kingdom and Decisions to Deploy Troops Abroad International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 59, 814-823
  • WHITE, N.D., 2009. Democracy goes to war: British military deployments in international law Oxford University Press.
  • WHITE, N.D., CARDWELL, P. and FRENCH, D., 2009. The Kadi Case before the European Court of Justice International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 58, 229-240
  • CRYER, R. and WHITE N.D., 2009. The International Criminal Court and the Security Council: An Uncomfortable Relationship. In: DORIA, J., GASSER, H.P. and BASSIOUNI, M.C., eds., Ther Legal Regime of the International Criminal Court: Essays in Memory of Igor Blishchenko Martinus Nijhoff. 455-484
  • WHITE, N.D., 2009. Empowering Peace Operations to Protect Civilians: Form over Substance? Journal of International Peacekeeping. 13, 327-355
  • WHITE, N.D., 2009. Peace Operations. In: CHETAIL, V., ed., Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: A Lexicon Oxford University Press. 213-227
  • WHITE, N.D., 2009. Responses of Political Organs to Crimes by States. In: NOLLKAEMPER, A. and VAN DER VILT, H., eds., System Criminality in International Law Cambridge University Press. 314-337
  • WHITE N.D., 2009. The Road to Kandahar: The International Legal Basis of Military Operations in Afghanistan. In: KAIKOBAD K.H. and BOHLANDER M., eds., International Law and Power: Perspectives on Legal Order and Justice Martinus Nijhoff. 485-512
  • WHITE, N.D., 2009. Defending Humanity Melbourne Journal of International Law. 10, 379-393
  • WHITE, N.D., 2008. The United Nations as the 'Parliament of Man' International History Review. 30, 32-60
  • WHITE, N.D. and MACLEOD, S., 2008. EU Operations and Private Military Contractors: Issues of Corporate and Institutional Responsibility European Journal of International Law. 19, 965-988
  • WHITE, N.D., 2008. Separate but Connected: Inter-governmental Organizations and International Law International Organizations Law Review. 5, 1-21
  • WHITE, N.D., 2007. The EU as a Regional Security Actor within the International Legal Order. In: TRYBUS, M and WHITE, N.D., eds., European Security Law Oxford University Press. 329-249
  • WHITE, N.D., 2007. The Applicability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to the UN Security Council. In: BADERIN, M. and MCCORQUODALE, R., eds., Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Action Oxford University Press. 89-107
  • WHITE, N.D., 2007. Hierarchy in Organizations: Regional Bodies and the United Nations. In: TSAGOURIAS, N., ed., Transnational Constitutionalism: International and European Perspectives Cambridge University Press. 135-139
  • TRYBUS, M. and WHITE N.D., eds., 2007. European Security Law Oxford University Press.
  • WHITE, N.D. and ODELLO, M., 2007. The Legal Basis for Human Rights Field Operations. In: O'FLAHERTY, M., ed., The Human Rights Field Operation: Law, Theory and Practice Ashgate. 46-67
  • WHITE, N.D., 2006. The Ties that Bind: The EU, the UN and International Law Netherlands Yearbook of International Law. 37, 57-107
  • WHITE, N.D. and ABASS, A., 2006. Countermeasures and Sanctions. In: EVANS, M., ed., International Law 2nd ed. Oxford University Press. 509-532
  • BURCHILL, R., MORRIS, J. and WHITE N.D., eds., 2005. International Conflict and Security Law: Essays in Memory of Hilaire McCoubrey Cambridge University Press.
  • KLAASEN D. and WHITE N.D., 2005. An Emerging Legal Regime?. In: WHITE N.D. AND KLAASEN D., ed., The UN, Human Rights and Post-Conflict Situations Manchester University Press. 1-16
  • WHITE N.D., 2005. Towards a Strategy for Human Rights Protection in Post-Conflict Situations. In: WHITE N.D. AND KLAASEN D., ed., The UN, Human Rights and Post-Conflict Situations Manchester University Press. 463-493
  • WHITE N.D., 2005. Self-Defence, Security Council Authority and Iraq. In: BURCHILL R., WHITE N.D. AND MORRIS J., ed., International Conflict and Security Law: Essays in Honour of Hilaire McCoubrey Cambridge University Press. 325-384
  • WHITE, N.D., 2005. The Law of International Organisations 2nd. Manchester University Press.
  • WHITE, N.D. and KLAASEN, D., eds., 2005. The UN, Human Rights and Post-Conflict Situations Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK.
  • WHITE, N.D., 2004. The Will and Authority of the Security Council after Iraq Leiden Journal of International Law. 17, 645-672
  • WHITE N.D., 2004. The Future of Arms Control Laws: An Overview of the Workshop Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 9, 299-302
  • WHITE N.D., 2004. Discerning Separate Will. In: HEERE W.P., ed., From Government to Governance: 2003 Hague Joint Conference on Contemporary Issues of International Law TMC Asser Press. 31-38
  • WHITE, N.D. and ABASS, A., 2003. Countermeasures and Sanctions. In: International Law Oxford University Press, Oxford. 505-528
  • WHITE, N.D., ed., 2003. Collective Security Law (The Library of Essays in International Law Series) Ashgate Publishing Group, Aldershot & London.
  • WHITE, N.D., 2003. Introduction. In: Collective Security Law (The Library of Essays in International Law) Ashgate Publishing Group, Aldershot & London.
  • CRYER,R. and WHITE,N.D., 2002. The Security Council and the International Criminal Court: Who's Feeling Threatened? International Peacekeeping. 8, 141-168
  • WHITE, N.D., 2002. On the Brink of Lawlessness: The State of Collective Security Law Indiana International and Comparative Law Review. 13, 1-15
  • WHITE, N.D., 2002. The United Kingdom: Increasing Commitment Requires Greater Parliamentary Involvement. In: Democratic Accountability and the Use of Military Force in International Law Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 300-322
  • MYJER, E. and WHITE N.D., 2002. The Twin Tower Attack: An Unlimited Right to Self-Defence? Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 7, 5-17
  • WHITE, N.D., 2002. The United Nations System: Toward International Justice Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder and London.
  • WHITE, N.D., 2001. The World Court, The WHO and the UN System. In: BLOKKER N.M. AND SCHERMERS H.G., ed., The Proliferation of International Organizations: Legal Issues (Legal Aspects of International Organization Series) Brill, N.V. Boekhandel en Drukkerij N.H. E.J., Leiden, Netherlands. 85-109
  • WHITE, N.D., 2001. Commentary on the Report of the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations (Brahimi Report) Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 6, 127-146
  • WHITE, N.D., 2000. The United Nations System: Contract, Conference or Constitutional Order? Singapore Journal of International and Comparative Law. 4, 281-299
  • WHITE, N.D., 2000. The Legality of Bombing in the Name of Humanity Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 5, 27-43
  • WHITE, N., 2000. The United Nations and Democracy Assistance Developing Practice Within a Constitutional Framework. In: Democracy Assistance: International Co-operation for Democratization (Democratization Studies Series) Cass (Frank) & Co. Ltd, Liford, Essex, UK. 67-89
  • WHITE,N.D. and CRYER R., 1999. Unilateral Enforcement of Resolution 687: A Threat Too Far? California Western International Law Journal. 29, 243-282
  • WHITE, N.D., 1999. The Legality of Threat of Force against Iraq Security Dialogue. 30, 75-86
  • MCCOUBREY, H. and WHITE N.D., 1999. Textbook on Jurisprudence (Textbook Series) Third. Blackstone Press Ltd, London, UK.
  • WHITE, N.D., 1999. To Review or Not to Review? The Lockerbie Cases before the World Court Leiden Journal of International Law. 12, 401-423
  • WHITE, N.D., 1998. The Law of War Crimes Melbourne University Law Review. 22, 230-237
  • WHITE, N.D., 1998. From Korea to Kuwait: The Legal Basis of United Nations' Military Action International History Review. 20, 597-617
  • WHITE, N.D., 1997. Keeping the Peace: The United Nations and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security (Melland Schill Studies in International Law Series) Second. Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK.
  • WHITE, N.D., 1997. Accountability and Democracy in the United Nations: A Legal Perspective International Relations. 13, 1-18
  • WHITE, N.D. and ULGEN, O., 1997. The Security Council and the Decentralised Military Option: Constitutionality and Function Netherlands International Law Review. XLIV, 378-413
  • MCCOUBREY, H. and WHITE N.D., 1996. The Blue Helmets: The Legal Regulation of UN Military Operations Dartmouth Publishing Co. Ltd, Aldershot.
  • MCCOUBREY, H. and WHITE N.D., 1996. Textbook on Jurisprudence (Textbook Series) Second. Blackstone Press Ltd, London, UK.
  • WHITE N.D., 1996. The UN Charter and Peacekeeping: Constitutional Issues International Peacekeeping. 3(4), 43-63
  • WHITE N.D., 1996. Commentary on the Protection of the Kurdish Safe Haven: Operation Desert Strike Journal of Armed Conflict Law. 1(2), 197-204
  • WHITE, N.D., 1996. The Law of International Organisations (Melland Schill Studies in International Law Series) Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK.
  • MCCOUBREY, H., and WHITE N.D., 1995. International Organizations and Civil Wars Ashgate Publishing Group, Aldershot & London.
  • WHITE N.D., 1994. Collective Sanctions: An Alternative to Military Coercion? International Relations. 12, 75-91
  • WHITE N.D., 1994. UN Peacekeeping: Development or Destruction? International Relations. 12, 129-158
  • WHITE, N.D., 1993. Keeping the peace : The United Nations and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security (Melland Schill Monographs in International Law Series) Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK.
  • MCCOUBREY, H. and WHITE N.D., 1992. Textbook on Jurisprudence (Textbook Series) Blackstone Press Ltd, London, UK.
  • MCCOUBREY, H. and WHITE N.D., 1992. International Law and Armed Conflict Ashgate Publishing Group, Aldershot & London.
  • MCCOUBREY H. and WHITE N.D., 1991. International Law and the Use of Force in the Gulf International Relations. 10, 347-373
  • WHITE, N.D., 1990. The United Nations and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security (Melland Schill Monographs in International Law Series) Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK.
  • WHITE N.D., 1989. The Legality of Intervention Following the Nicaragua Case International Relations. 9, 535-551

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