Dr Alexander Gilder

Personal profile

Alex joined the College having previously taught at City, University of London and the University of Essex. He specialises in public international law, especially areas related to international peace and security.

His research currently follows two strands. First, Alex looks at themes related to stabilization in UN peacekeeping including robust force, counter-terrorism, and the effect of militarisation on other mandated tasks, such as entrenching the rule of law. Second, he is interested in the theory and history of international law and has worked on the relationships between the concept of human security, the individual, and international law. His research on these topics has appeared in journals, such as International Peacekeeping, Netherlands International Law Review, and the Indian Journal of International Law

He is currently working on a monograph, under contract with Routledge, provisionally titled Stabilization and Human Security in UN Peace Operations. The book will include case studies on MINUSMA, MINUSCA, and UNMISS.

In 2019 Alex, with Sabrina White (University of Leeds), was awarded funding from the British International Studies Association to convene a multidisciplinary workshop entitled ‘Militarisation and the Local in Peacekeeping: Ambition, Pragmatism, and Adaptability’ for the BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group. In 2017 he was awarded a merit-based scholarship (sponsored by Baroness Higgins GBE QC) to attend the Summer Course on Public International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law.

Alex is currently a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Hargeisa.

He was previously the Editorial Assistant for the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law and sat on the Editorial Board of the Utrecht Journal of International and European Law.

Research interests

  • Public international law
  • UN peace operations
  • Human security
  • International human rights law
  • International humanitarian law
  • Use of force
  • International legal theory


Alex is the module convenor for Public International Law (LL2005/LL3505). He also teaches on Public Law (Constitutional, Administrative and Human Rights Law) (LL1001), Criminal Law (LL1003), English Legal System (LL1005), and supervises dissertations (LL3003).

He is particularly interested in clinical legal education and is involved in the development and supervision of international law and human rights-based clinical projects for the Legal Advice Centre with the Director, Nicola Antoniou.

Educational background

PhD, City, University of London

LLM Public International Law (and International Human Rights Law), Utrecht University

PgCAP, City, University of London

LLB (Hons), University of Lincoln

Fellow, Higher Education Academy


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