Chloƫ Gilgan



Dr Chloë Gilgan
PhD (York Law School, Centre for Applied Human Rights), BA (Columbia), JD (New York Law School)

Associate Lecturer

I just completed my PhD in Law at the University of York Law School (YLS) and the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) with funding by the Economic and Social Research Council.  My PhD degree will be officially conferred in summer 2019.  During my PhD studies, I provided legal policy advice to the UK government and to NGOs on matters of humanitarian intervention, R2P and refugee protection.

I graduated cum laude with a juris doctorate of law (JD) from New York Law School and cum laude with a BA degree in Urban Studies and Film from Barnard College, Columbia University. I was awarded the Professor Lung-Chu Chen Award for Excellence in the Field of Human Rights for four public interest fellowship awards during law school. The fellowships enabled me to provide legal assistance to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, the Crown Prosecution Service in London, the Women’s Rights Project at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.  I was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2009, and then worked at Laura Devine Solicitors, a boutique London law firm handling US and UK immigration.

My current CV and publications are available on my profile at:



My research and expertise are in public international law, particularly in the areas of international human rights, international refugee law, use of force law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law.  My research is interdisciplinary as it often adopts an international relations and foreign policy framework for understanding issues around the practice of global laws and norms.  Additionally, I have research expertise in US/UK comparative constitutional law, with a special interest in free speech.

My PhD dissertation examined the link between the UK’s commitment to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) norm and the UK’s resettlement policies on Syrian refugees fleeing mass atrocities.  My PhD research sought to uncover and understand the gaps between the theory and the practice of the R2P norm in a powerful liberal state context, thus contributing to the on-going debate on how to implement policies designed to prevent and respond to mass atrocities in practice.  Through my ongoing association with the European Centre for R2P and through connections with NGO partners, my PhD research has been presented at various government offices and will soon be translated into policy briefs for government and NGOs.

  • Conflicts and transition
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Migrants and Refugee Law
  • Public and Constitutional Law


Selected publications

  • Gilgan, C., ‘The UK’s Responsibility to Protect: Practice versus Aspiration’, Centre for Applied Human Rights HRD Hub blog, 10 July 2018.
  • Written Evidence from Chloë M Gilgan (RTP0011), Responsibility to protect and humanitarian intervention inquiry – publications, Foreign Affairs Committee, 4 July 2018.
  • Gilgan, C. (2017), 'Exploring the Link Between R2P and Refugee Protection: Arriving at Resettlement', Global Responsibility to Protect Journal 9/4: 366-394.
  • Gilgan, C. (2015), 'A Review of The Responsibility to Protect: A Defense, by Alex J. Bellamy', Global Responsibility to Protect 7/1: 112-114.



  • Human Rights: Law, Power and Global Challenges (module convenor)
  • Human Rights and Wrongs in a Globalised World (module co-convenor)
  • War, Humanitarianism and Law 
  • Public Law I and II
  • Legal Concepts
  • Introduction to Law and Society


  • International Human Rights Laboratory (module convenor)
  • Asylum, Migration and Trafficking Law

External activities


  • ELMPS, York Law School Committee Representative
  • European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Women Network
  • Refugee Law Initiative, Research Affiliate
  • Responsibility to Protect Student Journal, Peer Review Editor
  • New York State Bar (retired status)

Contact details

Dr Chloë Gilgan
York Law School

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 8747