Nottingham International Law and Security Centre


The Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (NILSC) was established in January 2013 in the School of Law. Its aim is to enhance the existing research capability in public international law, with a focus on international law and security.

We are home to leading international law and security experts who engage with academic and external partners on a range of research projects. Our researchers are interdisciplinary and use a range of robust methods to produce outputs utilised by and relevant to academics, policy makers, and international actors. Their outstanding individual and collaborative research pushes the development of public international law. Collaborations include building links with research centres in other universities and institutions, including the Australian Centre for Military and Security Law, ANU College of Law.

We wish to raise and answer significant questions for international law which tackle key challenges facing society today. Areas of focus include the impacts of economic crises and the climate crisis, with a focus on the security of ordinary citizens in the face of natural or man-made disasters arising from climate and geological catastrophes. We also consider the challenges facing States, including an expanding range of security issues arising from contested territorial spaces, military and maritime security, cyber-security, and security threats relating to energy, infrastructure and the delivery of essential services. 

As a hub for scholars, practitioners, and professionals around the globe, we are expanding knowledge and research capacity around issues of human, political, military, socio-economic, resources and energy security.

Co-Directors of the NILSC

The centre is co-directed by Dino Kritsiotis, Professor of Public International Law, and Dr Christy Shucksmith-Wesley.

Christy Shucksmith-Wesley
Our research pro-actively engages with current legal issues in international law and security.
Dr Christy Shucksmith-Wesley


Nottingham International Law and Security Centre

School of Law
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

+44 (0)115 951 5732/5694