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Alex Green



Dr Alex Green


I joined York Law School in 2021, having previously worked as a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong. In addition, I have held visiting positions at the University of Leeds and the University of Cambridge.

I have an LLB in Law from University College London, as well as an LLM in Human Rights Law and a PhD in Public International Law from the same institution, the latter of which was awarded in 2019. My research interests encompass legal and political theory, ethical and moral philosophy, public international law, private law theory, and human rights.



  • Political philosophy
  • Jurisprudence and legal theory
  • Moral philosophy
  • Normative ethics
  • Public international law
  • Human rights law
  • Private law (including tort, contract, and property)

My more theoretical scholarship encompasses legal and political philosophy, broadly construed. Doctrinally, my main areas of interest are the more ‘constitutional’ elements of public international law, including the law of statehood, the sources of international law, and the principle of sovereign equality.

At present, I have three ongoing strands of research:

  1. ‘Statehood as Political Community’

    My primary research strand concerns the concept of statehood as it exists within public international law. I ask how we should understand the state, both from without and from within, using a combination of doctrinal analysis and philosophical investigation. My forthcoming monograph, Statehood as Political Community: International Law and the Emergence of New States (Cambridge University Press), examines the law that governs state creation from this unique interdisciplinary perspective. Further elements of this work have been funded by the Modern Law Review Covid-19 Response Fellowship and a Hong Kong Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme award.
  2. Indigenous Justice and Legal Pluralism

    Complementing my first strand of research is an interest in Indigenous peoples that have been denied recognition as independent states. In particular, I ask what the legal orders of settler-states owe to the Indigenous legal orders that exist within and alongside them. My forthcoming book, co-authored with Dr Jennifer Hendry from the University of Leeds, examines this and other issues under the title Legal Pluralism: New Trajectories in Law (Routledge Glasshouse).
  3. The Rule of Law and Communities of Principle

    Further upstream from both of these projects lies a more abstract fascination with the nature of political community as such. In particular, I am interested in the connections between the existence of distinct political communities and the moral value of the rule of law.


Selected publications


  • Statehood as Political Community: International Law and the Emergence of New States (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022)
  • Legal Pluralism: New Trajectories in Law (Routledge Glasshouse, forthcoming 2022; co-authored with Dr Jennifer Hendry, University of Leeds)

Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Ad Hominem Criminalisation and the Rule of Law: The Egalitarian Case against Knife Crime Prevention Orders’ (2022) 42(2) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 634 (co-authored with Dr Jennifer Hendry, University of Leeds).

  • The Creation of States as a Cardinal Point: James Crawford’s Contribution to International Legal Scholarship’ (2022) 40 Australian Year Book of International Law (forthcoming).

  • ‘The Precarious Rationality of International Law: Critiquing the International Rule of Recognition’ (2021) 22(8) German Law Journal 1613

  • ‘Three Models of Political Membership: Delineating ‘The People in Question” (2021) 41(2) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 565

  • ‘Non-Positivist Legal Pluralism and Crises of Legitimacy in Settler-States’ (2019) 14(2) Journal of Comparative Law 267 (co-authored with Dr Jennifer Hendry, University of Leeds)

  • ‘Rights, Risk and the Value of Life: A critical analysis of the right to life under the European Convention on Human Rights’ (2013) 20 Journal of Law and Medicine 877

  • ‘All Taking and No Giving: The Conceptual Trend in Transfers of Ownership’ (2012) 16 The Journal Jurisprudence 495

  • ‘A Philosophical Taxonomy of European Human Rights Law’ (2012) 1 European Human Rights Law Review 71

  • ‘Expanding Law’s Empire: Interpretivism, Morality and the Value of Legality’ (2011) 4(1) European Journal of Legal Studies 121

  • ‘An Absolute Theory of Convention Rights: Why the ECHR Gives Rise to Legal Rights that Cannot Conflict with Each Other’ (2010) 16 UCL Jurisprudence Review 75

Book Chapters

  • 'Approaches to International Law: Positivism' in Hauck, Kunz, and Milas, Open Textbook in Public International Law (forthcoming, 2022) (co-authored with Başak Etkin, Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas)

  • 'Subjects and Actors in International Law: States’ in Hauck, Kunz, and Milas, Open Textbook in Public International Law (forthcoming, 2022)

  • ‘Successful Secession and the Value of International Recognition’, forthcoming in Vidmar, McGibbon and Raible, Research Handbook on Secession (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2021) 

Book Reviews

Shorter Publications

External activities


  • Academic Associate and Academic Associate Panel Chair, 23 Essex Street Chambers

  • ‘Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law’ (editor) 

  • Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

  • Society of Legal Scholars (Co-Convenor of the Jurisprudence Section)

  • Socio-Legal Studies Association

  • 'The Law Teacher' (peer review college)

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Scholar, Centre for Law and Social Justice, University of Leeds (2019-2021)

  • Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (2019)

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Contact details

Dr Alex Green
York Law School

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 6474