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Dr Pietro Sullo
Divisional Lead / Reader - International Law


Pietro joined Brunel University as a reader in international law in 2021.

His interests include public international law, human rights, international criminal law (in particular genocide), transitional justice and refugee law. Pietro studied law at the University Federico II in Naples and later specialized in international and human rights law, earning a Master of Arts in Human Rights and Conflict Management and a PhD in international law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento, Pisa, Italy. During and after his doctoral studies he has conducted field research in post-conflict settings including Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda and South Sudan. These experiences have deeply shaped his research and teaching agenda which is characterized by a strong sensitivity to human rights, social inequalities, the Global South, the long-term impact of colonization processes, subaltern studies and third world approach to international law (TWAIL).

Prior to his appointment at Brunel Law School Pietro has covered the position of senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, of director at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization in Venice and of rector at the Riga Graduate School of Law in Latvia. He has lectured various subjects including international law and transitional justice at the Dickson Poon School of Law at the King’s College in London, the University of Kent and the University of Leuven. He has also cooperated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, international NGOs and worked as a senior legal expert on human rights and transitional justice for the Libya Constitution Drafting Assembly. Pietro has been admitted to the Italian Bar in 2008.

His record of publications includes one monograph, articles in international peer reviewed journals, chapters in edited books, as well as policy-oriented pieces of research.

Pietro has two kids, Emilio and Julie, 6 and 4 years old respectively. In his free time, Pietro loves cooking, reading, cinema and table tennis.


Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation, Fordham University, New York, USA.

International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Studi Universitari e Perfezionamento, Pisa, Italy.

Ph.D. in International Law

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento, Pisa, Italy.

Master of Arts in Human Rights and Conflict Management

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy.

Laurea in Giurisprudenza (Master of Laws). Final grade 110/110 cum laude