Dr Alexander Murray

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

Department:School of Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Law

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



Alexander completed his PhD at Lancaster University on the topic of the fragmentation of international law under the supervision of Professor David Sugarman and Dr Agata Fijalkowski. This work examined the changing nature of the international legal system and how it has affected the operation of international law. In particular it focused on the overlapping areas of law of armed conflict, international criminal law and international human rights law. At Anglia Ruskin University, Alexander has been involved in teaching on a range of modules including Legal Method and Skills and Human Rights.

Research interests

  • The application of international law in domestic courts
  • Equity and trusts law
  • Public international law
  • Firearms law.

Alexander’s research is currently focused on the dissemination of work conducted as part of his PhD thesis. It considers the nature of the fragmented international legal system and how this affects the operation of the law. Other areas of research include work on British firearms law and the link between fiduciary duties and corrective justice.

Areas of research supervision

  • Public international law
  • International human rights
  • Equity and trusts law

Alexander is currently supervising several PhD students working in the field of international law and human rights.


  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts (Module Leader)


  • PhD Law, University of Lancaster
  • Bar Vocational Course, Northumbria University
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, Northumbria University
  • LLM International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, University of Lancaster
  • BA (Hons) Politics, Lancaster University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Selected recent publications

(2017 - forthcoming) ‘Calling ISIL Atrocities Against the Yezidis by their Rightful Name’: Do they Constitute the Crime of Genocide?’ 17 Human Rights Law Review 2 (with Vian Dakhil & Aldo Zammit Borda)

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

(2012) ‘Acts of Terror or Acts of War?’ 76 Journal of Criminal Law, 298-302

(2011) ‘Does International Criminal Law Still Require a “Crime of Crimes”? A Comparative Review of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity’ 3 Göttingen Journal of International Law, 589-615