Alex Lawson

Visiting Fellow


Alex was born in Lincoln in the United Kingdom to an English Father who was then serving in the Royal Air Force. and a Ukrainian mother who may or may not have been a Soviet spy. He spent his formative years in the jungle of Guyana, in South America. He is, in order of self-identity: Ukrainian, British, Pakistani and Guyanese.

Alex has been teaching law subjects and supervising research students for over 24 years. He has an LLB and LLM from Durham University. He taught various law subjects at Durham, before moving to BPP University, where he created and ran various modules on their LLB, LLM and Graduate Diploma in Law programmes.

Between 2018 and 2021 he worked at Pearson College London and the University f Northampton and currently holds lectureships at two other UK Universities.  In 2021 he became an Assistant Professor at Ziauddin University in Karachi. He is a prolific blogger with RSIL and has written an extended piece on drone warfare. Alex is an expert in Public International Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, European Union Law, and Jurisprudence. His primary research interest is the changing nature of armed conflict and how international law can respond to it. To this end he has addressed the service chiefs at the National Defence University in Islamabad. He has also advised the International Committee of the Red Cross and the National Maritime Institute. He has worked with NGO’s in Pakistan, including Amnesty International and IPAS (on abortion laws).  He regularly lectures, appears on panels and judges Moots at other Universities in Karachi and other parts of Pakistan.

Alex was a school governor in the United Kingdom for three years and spends his free time following pretty much all sport. His favourite sport is cricket, but Leicester City Football Club is the source of most of his joys and desolations.

In November 2023 Alex became RSIL’s inaugural visiting fellow and is excited by this new challenge

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