Gail Lythgoe


PhD Title

Examining the concept of “territory” in international law: assessing claims of ‘deterritorialisation’


Professor Christian Tams
Dr Charlie Peevers


Managing Editor | Oxford University Press and Manchester International Law Centre (MILC) Database of International Organisations

Research Assistant to Professor Christian Tams

Athena Swan Self Assessment Team – PGR Representative

LLM International law – University of Glasgow - 2010-2011

LLB(Hons) – University of Edinburgh - 2006-2010; National University of Singapore - 2008-09

Research Interests

I am examining the claims regarding the deterritorialisation of international law which involves working in my areas interest including legal theory, international law and international legal history. I am also interested in the law of international organisation, general public international law, international legal theory, critical geography and political theory.

I am a member of the International Law Research Group and Legal Theory Reading group and also the PhD Class Representative 2015-2017.


Public International Law Tutorials

Advanced International Law Tutorials


Recipient of College of Social Science Scholarship 


Conference Papers

'Boundaried Thinking about Boundaries and Territory in International Law' Edinburgh University Postgraduate Conference (January 2017)

'The Territorial Configuration of International Institutions' Cambridge International and European Law Conference 2017 (University of Cambridge, March 2017)

'Questioning Territory’s Contribution to Neutrality The Neutrality of International Law: Myth or Reality?' ESIL Research Forum (ESIL Interest Group on the History of International Law, Granada, March 2017)

'The Spatial Assumptions of Refugee Law: Using Legal Geography to Assess Law’s Success' International Law in a Dark Time Seminar Workshop (Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki, May 2017)

'The Spatialities of Forced Population Displacement' Brown International Advanced Research Institute (Brown University, Providence, US, June 2017)

'A Marxian Analysis of Tax Havens and the Spatial Assumptions of International Law: Beyond State Spaces' Law, State, and Marxism: Setting the Research Agenda (SOAS, July 2017)

Additional Information

Recipient of Brown University scholarship to attend the Brown University's International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) on Force Population Displacement (June 2017)

Attended EUI Summer School ‘Global Governance and Human Rights’ (June 2017)

Organises Guest Lectures and Conferences at the University of Glasgow

Fully qualified Pilates and FFY Yoga teacher

Twitter: @GailLythgoe