Chris O'Meara


Chris O’Meara is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow at University College London (UCL). He is currently a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. Working under the supervision of Dr Kimberley Trapp and Professor Roger O’Keefe, his thesis examines the right of self-defence in international law and the customary requirements that the exercise of defensive force is necessary and proportionate. He was awarded the UCL Faculty of Laws Research Scholarship to conduct his research. Chris holds an LLM in International Law from UCL and an LLB in Law and European Law from the University of Nottingham. Prior to joining UCL, Chris practised as a lawyer at Linklaters and Latham & Watkins.

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United States’ Missile Strikes in Syria: Should International Law Permit Unilateral Force to Protect Human Rights?

A bounty of recent blog posts have poured over the legality of the Trump administration’s missile strikes against a Syrian airbase in response to President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons (see, e.g, here, here, here, here and here). Possible justifications have recently come to light, but do not provide a sufficient…

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