Dr Alexander Murray

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School: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

  • Equity and trusts law
  • Legal history
  • Public international law
  • The law of genocide
  • International criminal law

Areas of research supervision

  • Legal history; international law; equity and trusts law
  • Genocide and the Yezidi in Iraqi Kurdistan
  • Boko Haram and the classification of armed conflict in Nigeria
  • The right of self-defence in relation to Boko Haram in Nigeria
  • Internally displaced people in Pakistan
  • Defining terrorism in Iraq
  • Resource nationalism in international law as applicable to Indonesia


  • 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

(2018) 'Terrorist or Armed Opposition Group Fighter? The Experience of UK Courts' 20 International Community Law Review 281

(2017) ‘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