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sr496@cam.ac.uk

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Room: 7, LCIL

Tel: 01223748772

University Lecturer in International Law

Interests

oceans, global commons, treaties

CV / Biography

Surabhi Ranganathan is a University Lecturer in International Law, a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, and a Fellow and Director of Studies in Law (Parts IA & II) at King's College, University of Cambridge. Her research explores histories and politics of international law, with a current focus on the designation, representations and regulation of global commons, especially the deep seabed.

Surabhi is the author of Strategically Created Treaty Conflicts and the Politics of International Law (CUP 2014)—a study of international legal thought and practice, exploring treaty conflicts in nuclear governance, the law of the sea, and international criminal justice—and asst. editor of The Cambridge Companion to International Law (CUP 2012). Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including the British Yearbook of International Law, American Journal of International Law and European Journal of International Law. Her research has been selected for presentation at the peer-reviewed NYU/Nottingham/Melbourne Junior Faculty Forum for International Law and Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum. 

Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, Surabhi was an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick (2014-2015) and Junior Research Fellow at King's College and Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge (2012-2014). She has also been an Institute Fellow and Program Officer at the Institute for International Law and Justice, NYU School of Law (2006-2008), where she worked on projects relating to the regulation of Private Military and Security Companies, and Global Administrative Law.

She received her B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University, her LL.M. from NYU School of Law, where she was a Vanderbilt Scholar, and her Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where she was a Gates Scholar, an Overseas Research Scholar, and JC Hall Scholar at St. John's College. She has clerked for Justice Brijesh Kumar of the Supreme Court of India, and interned with UNHCR, UNICEF, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, and the Central Empowered Committee for the Environment established by the Supreme Court of India. She has also been a research assistant to Professor Tom Franck.

Currently co-editor of the International Legal Theory Section of the Leiden Journal of International Law, Surabhi has also served as assistant editor of the British Yearbook of International Law (2012-2016) and editor-in-chief of the Cambridge Student Law Review (2009-2010).

In 2016-2017, she will teach on LL.M papers in International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law and The International Law of Global Governance, offer supervisions in the B.A. paper International Law, and co-convene the Research Training and Development Programme for Second and Third Year Ph.D. students. 

Publications

 

Books

"Strategically Created Treaty Conflicts and the Politics of International Law" (Cambridge University Press)

Published:
Jan 2015
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

"Cambridge Companion to International Law" (Cambridge University Press) (Ed)

Published:
Jan 2012
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

Articles

"Global Commons" (2016) 27 European Journal of International Law (forthcoming)

Citation:
(2016) 27 European Journal of International Law (forthcoming)
Published:
Sep 2016

"The 2015 Judicial Activity of the International Court of Justice" (2016) 110 American Journal of International Law (forthcoming)

Citation:
(2016) 110 American Journal of International Law (forthcoming)
Published:
Aug 2016

"Between Philosophy and Anxiety? The Early International Law Commission, Treaty Conflict and the Project of International Law" (2012) 83 British Yearbook of International Law 82-114

Citation:
(2012) 83 British Yearbook of International Law 82-114
Published:
Feb 2014

"The Value of Narratives: The India USA Nuclear Deal in terms of Fragmentation, Pluralism, Constitutionalization and Global Administrative Law" (2013) 6(1) Erasmus Law Review 16-31

Citation:
(2013) 6(1) Erasmus Law Review 16-31
Published:
Jun 2013

"Visions of International Law: Lessons from the 123 Agreement" (2011) 51 Indian Journal of International Law 146-197

Citation:
(2011) 51 Indian Journal of International Law 146-197
Published:
Jun 2011

"Between Complicity and Irrelevance-Industry Associations and the Challenge of Regulating Private Security Contractors" (2010) 41 Georgetown Journal of International Law 303-376

Citation:
(2010) 41 Georgetown Journal of International Law 303-376
Published:
Mar 2010

"Reconceptualizing the Boundaries of Humanitarian Assistance: What's in a Name or the Importance of Being Earnest" 40(1) John Marshall Law Review 195-233

Citation:
40(1) John Marshall Law Review 195-233
Published:
Dec 2006

Book Chapters

"Industry Associations and the Regulation of Private Military and Security Companies" in Gary Schaub Jr., Ryan Kelty, Private Military and Security Contractors: Controlling the Corporate Warrior (Rowman Littlefield) (Ed), pp. 165-200

Publisher:
Rowman Littlefield
Pages:
165-200
Published Date:
Aug 2016
Co-Author/s:
Gary Schaub Jr., Ryan Kelty

"Legality and Lawfare in Regime Implementation" in Nikolas M. Rajkovic, Tanja Aalberts, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, The Power of Legality: Practices of International Law and Their Politics (Cambridge University Press) (Ed)

Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Published Date:
Dec 2015
Co-Author/s:
Nikolas M. Rajkovic, Tanja Aalberts, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen

"Responding to Deliberately-created Treaty Conflicts" in C Tams, A Tzanakopoulos and A Zimmerman, Research Handbook on the Law of Treaties (Edward Elgar) (Ed)

Publisher:
Edward Elgar
Published Date:
Jun 2014
Co-Author/s:
C Tams, A Tzanakopoulos and A Zimmerman

"Constructive Constraints? Conceptual and Practical Challenges to Regulating Private Military and Security Companies" in C Ryngaert, M Noorthman, Human security and international law: the challenge of non-state actors (Intersentia) (Ed)

Publisher:
Intersentia
Published Date:
Dec 2013
Co-Author/s:
C Ryngaert, M Noorthman

Book Reviews

Interpreting the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. By Daniel Joyner 2011 (82) BYIL 532

Published:
Nov 2013

Case Notes

The Torture Exception to Immunity from Civil Suit: Jones and others v UK (2014) 59 EHRR 1 (2015) 74(1) CLJ 16-19

Published:
Apr 2015