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Email

sr496@cam.ac.uk

Faculty Contact Details

Room: 7, LCIL

Tel: 01223748772

University Senior Lecturer; Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law

Interests

Oceans, global commons, treaties, history and politics of international law 

CV / Biography

Surabhi Ranganathan is a University Senior Lecturer in International Law, a Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, and a Fellow and Director of Studies in Law at King's College. She is also a fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). 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.

To know more about her research, you might read her interview, Garret Hardin, Arvid Pardo and the Fascinations of Interdisciplinarity (pp. 28-33); listen to her interview, Big Blue Juridical Planet on Fool's Utopia; hear the podcast of her talk Unmaking the Ocean delivered at Oxford, or watch the video of her Snyder Lecture: The Legal Construction of the Ocean at the University of Indiana. Short pieces authored by her include Techno-Utopia of the Deep on CUP's fifteeneightyfour blog; a sequence of seven short essays Interfaces of Land and Sea written as part of a project on Visualizing Climate and History hosted at the Center for History and Economics at Harvard; and an editorial Seasteads, Land-grabs and International Law for Leiden Journal of International Law. You might also enjoy this conversation on different approaches to international law between Professor Andrea Bianchi and her, hosted by the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg. 

Surabhi is the author of Strategically Created Treaty Conflicts and the Politics of International Law (Cambridge University Press), a study of international legal thought and practice, exploring treaty conflicts in nuclear governance, the law of the sea, and international criminal justice. To find out more, please look up the roundtable on the book hosted by Volkerrechtsblog, with contributions from Judge James Crawford, Professor Jan Klabbers, Dr Lea Wisken and Dr Jasper Finke, and a response from the author, or hear this recording. She is the asst. editor of The Cambridge Companion to International Law. 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. 

Surabhi was an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick, a Junior Research Fellow at King's College and Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge, and an Institute Fellow and Program Officer at the Institute for International Law and Justice, NYU School of Law, 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 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. 

Currently co-editor of the International Legal Theory Section of the Leiden Journal of International Law, and a notes editor of the Cambridge Law Journal, Surabhi has also served in editorial roles on the British Yearbook of International Law and the Cambridge Student Law Review. Together with Dr Megan Donaldson and (from January 2020) Professor Annabel Brett, Surabhi convenes Legal Histories Beyond the State, a seminar that brings together historians, political theorists and lawyers to discuss the social, economic and political dimensions of law in the modern and early modern periods. 

Surabhi's research is available on SSRN; she tweets at @SurabhiRanganat 

Publications

 

Books

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

Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Published Jan 2015

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

Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Published Jan 2012

Articles

"Ocean Floor Grab: International Law and the Making of an Extractive Imaginary" (2019) 30:2 European Journal of International Law 573-600

Citation:
(2019) 30:2 European Journal of International Law 573-600
Published: Jun 2019

"International Law and Economic Exploitation in the Global Commons: Introduction" (2019) 30(2) European Journal of International Law 541-546

Co-Author/s:
Isabel Feichtner
Citation:
(2019) 30(2) European Journal of International Law 541-546
Published: Jun 2019

"Seasteads, Landgrabs and International Law: Editorial" " (2019) 32:2 Leiden Journal of International Law 1-10

Citation:
(2019) 32:2 Leiden Journal of International Law 1-10
Published: May 2019

"Nuclear Weapons and the Court" (2017) 111 American Journal of International Law Unbound 88-95

Citation:
(2017) 111 American Journal of International Law Unbound 88-95
Published: Jun 2017

"The 2015 Judicial Activity of the International Court of Justice" (2016) 110 American Journal of International Law 504-525

Citation:
(2016) 110 American Journal of International Law 504-525
Published: Oct 2016

"Global Commons" (2016) 27 European Journal of International Law 693-717

Citation:
(2016) 27 European Journal of International Law 693-717
Published: Sep 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

"The Common Heritage of Mankind: Annotations on a Battle" in Jochen von Bernstorff, Philipp Dann (Ed), The Battle for International Law: South-North Perspectives on the Decolonization Era (Oxford University Press)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Co-Author/s:
Jochen von Bernstorff, Philipp Dann
Published Oct 2019

"Manganese Nodules " in Jessie Hohmann & Daniel Joyce , International Law's Objects (Oxford University Press) (Ed)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Co-Author/s:
Jessie Hohmann & Daniel Joyce
Published Dec 2018

"The Law of the Sea and Natural Resources" in Eyal Benvenisti and Georg Nolte, Community Interests Across International Law (Oxford University Press ) (Ed), pp. 121-135

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Pages:
121-135
Co-Author/s:
Eyal Benvenisti and Georg Nolte
Published May 2018

"The Nuclear Weapons Advisory Opinions (1996)" in Eirik Bjorge and Cameron Miles, Landmark Cases in Public International Law (Hart) (Ed)

Publisher:
Hart
Co-Author/s:
Eirik Bjorge and Cameron Miles
Published Dec 2017

"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
Co-Author/s:
Gary Schaub Jr., Ryan Kelty
Published Aug 2016

"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
Co-Author/s:
Nikolas M. Rajkovic, Tanja Aalberts, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen
Published Dec 2015

"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
Co-Author/s:
C Tams, A Tzanakopoulos and A Zimmerman
Published Jun 2014

"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
Co-Author/s:
C Ryngaert, M Noorthman
Published Dec 2013

Book Reviews

Romancing the State: Review of 'Irreconcilable Norm Conflicts' by Valentin Jeutner Völkerrechtsblog, 26 June 2019

DOI:
https://doi.org/10.17176/20190708-135010-0
Published Jul 2019

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Travaux Préparatoires 1948–1966. Edited by Ben Saul. (2018) 77(2) CLJ 411-414

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

Published Nov 2013

Case Notes

Jadhav case (India v Pakistan), Order on Provisional Measures (ICJ, 18 May 2017) (2018) 57 International Legal Materials 1-3

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