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Professor Alan Boyle

Emeritus Professor of Public International Law

MA, BCL, LLD, Barrister

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2008


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Alan Boyle specialises in Public International Law. Educated at Oxford University, he has also taught at the University of London (Queen Mary College); University of Texas Law School; William and Mary College Law School, Virginia; the University of Paris (Paris II & X), and LUISS in Rome. He was General Editor of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly from 1998 until 2006.

He is a barrister and practises occasionally in the International Court of Justice and other international tribunals, mainly in environmental and law of the sea cases.

Research Interests

His research interests include international environmental law, the law of the sea, the law of treaties, international law-making and the settlement of international disputes.


  • International Law and the Environment, 4th edn, OUP, forthcoming (with Catherine Redgwell)
  • 'Progressive Development of International Environmental Law: Legislate or Litigate?' (2020) 63 German Yearbook of International Law
  • 'Soft Law and Environmental Law-making', in L.Rajamani and J.Peel (eds), Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (2nd edn, Oxford, 2020), Ch 25.
  • 'The Choice of a Treaty: Interaction between Hard Law and Soft Law in United Nations Law-Making', in Malone, Chesterman and Villalpando (eds), Oxford Handbook of UN Treaties (Oxford, 2019).
  • 'Litigating Climate Change Under Part XII of UNCLOS' (2019) 34 International Journal of Marine & Coastal Law 458 -481.
  • 'Climate Change, the Paris Agreement and Human Rights' (2018) 67 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 759-777.
  • 'Soft Law in International Law-making', in M.D.Evans (ed) International Law (5th edn, Oxford, 2018), pp.119-137.