Alexander Murray

Lecturer in Law

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Anglia Law School

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management, leadership and law

Alex’s primary area of research is international law, particularly how it is used by domestic courts.

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The use of international law by domestic courts is an emerging area of law. Many cases use international law especially in controversial areas such as terrorism and immigration. This moves international law away from being an abstract concept to being something tangible and relevant in the domestic concept. This develops work that Alex undertook as part of his doctoral thesis, which was about the emergence of several regimes of international law such as human rights, the law of conflict and international criminal law and how this fragmentation impacts on the operation of the law. Other areas of his research concern equity and trusts law, in particular the historical aspects of the subject.

Research interests

  • Public international law
  • International law in domestic courts
  • Legal history
  • Equity and trusts


  • BA Politics, Lancaster University
  • LLM International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lancaster University
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, Northumbria University
  • Bar Vocational Course, Northumbria University
  • PGCE Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Selected recent publications

Enforced Disappearance and Relatives’ Rights before the Inter-American and European Human Rights Courts. International Human Rights Law Review, 2013, 2, pp.57-81.

Acts of Terror or Acts of War? Journal of Criminal Law, 2012, 76, pp.298-302.

Does International Criminal Law Still Require a 'Crime of Crimes'? A Comparative Review of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity. Göttingen Journal of International Law, 2011, 3, pp.589-615.

OUP International Law in Domestic Courts Series Case Reports

(2012) R v Secretary of State (ex parte Thring) (2000) Appeal judgment, ILDC 1762.

(2012) Trendtex Trading Corporation v Central Bank of Nigeria [1977] QB 529, ILDC 1735.

(2012) Pinochet (No.3) [1999] UKHL 17, ILDC 1736.

(2011) R (on the application of M) v HM Treasury [2008] UKHL 26, ILDC 1539.