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Dr Patricia Hobbs
Senior Lecturer in Public International Law


Patricia Hobbs is a Lecturer in Law at Brunel University. Before joining Brunel University, Patricia was Associate Lecturer/GTA at the University of Manchester, and before that she was a teaching assistant at Newcastle Law School. She was awarded a fully funded studentship by the University of Manchester to study for her PhD, successfully defended in 2012. Her doctoral thesis focused on the relationship between the Rome Statute and the principle of state sovereignty, with a particular emphasis on the Kenya situation and the crimes perpetrated following the 2008 elections. Her research and publications focus on the effectiveness of the International Criminal Court in dealing with the complexities arising from the prosecution of international crimes, from the immunity of a sitting President to fair trial procedures.

Patricia has been a regular judge in the mooting competitions organised by the Brunel Law Society, and in 2014 she served as a judge in the UK national rounds of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition.


  • PhD, University of Manchester 
  • LLM International Legal Studies (Distinction) Newcastle University
  • LLB (Hons.), Newcastle University (2.1)


  • PGR and PhD Programme Director 
  • Brunel Law School Public International Law Research Group Co-Director

Newest selected publications

Hobbs, P. (2015) 'Contemporary Challenges in Relation to the Prosecution of Senior State Officials before the International Criminal Court'. International Criminal Law Review, 15 (1). pp. 76 - 100. ISSN: 1571-8123 Open Access Link

Journal article

Hobbs, P. (2014) 'International Humanitarian Norms Application in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia', in Jinks, D., Maogoto, J. and Solomon, S. (eds.) Applying International Humanitarian Law to Judicial and Quasi Judicial Bodies - International and Domestic Aspects [forthcoming]. Springer.

Book chapter

Hobbs, P. (2011) 'The Power of Language in the Analysis of the Relationship between the Sovereignty Principle and the International Criminal Law Regime Established by the Rome Statute: An Ideological Divide'.'Sovereignty in Question' - W.G. Hart Legal Workshop (IALS). Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. 28 - 30 June. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Hobbs, P. (2010) 'Extending the ICC Prosecutorial Hand to Kenya: Paying Lip Service to the Complementarity Principle'.International Graduate Legal Research Conference, King's College, London. King's College, London. 15 - 16 April. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Hobbs, P. (2008) 'A new Kind of International Law Following the 9/11 Disaster? A Critical Analysis of U.S. Practice, Torture and the International Community’'. Human Rights & International Legal Discourse, 2 (2). pp. 277 - 311.

Journal article
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