Devika Hovell


Devika Hovell is an Associate Professor of Public International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford and a Master of Laws from New York University, where she was awarded the George Colin Award. Devika graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours. She served as an Associate to Justice Kenneth Hayne at the High Court of Australia, and as judicial clerk at the International Court of Justice in the Hague. She was formerly a lecturer at the University of New South Wales and Director of the international law project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW. Her book on the Power of Process was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. She is a member of EJIL's Scientific Advisory Board.

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Re-Theorizing International Organizations Law: A Call for Reconsiderations, Hidden Gems, and New Perspectives

The symposium on “Theorizing International Organizations Law” in issue 31:2 of the European Journal of International Law seeks to excavate the intellectual history of this important sub-discipline of public international law. As noted in the introduction to the symposium, that history has, until relatively recently, been dominated by men. The writings of figures such as Rosalyn Higgins or…

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Reforming the World in Our Own Image: A Critique of Liberal Constitutionalism

Over the contest hovers, as in all ages, a concept of society formulated and fostered by intellectuals. This is not a reflection of reality, but a goal and hope of good men. P.E.Corbett, Law and Society in the Relations of States (1951) The conviction in a linear teleology of progress is fundamental…

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The ‘Mistrial’ of Kumar Lama: Problematizing Universal Jurisdiction

‘We know the grave can cry out after 50 years’. Kumar Lama, a colonel in the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA), sat in his hut in Gorusinghe Barracks opposite Amnesty official Daniel Alderman in May 2005. The Amnesty visit was prompted by on-going reports of serious human rights violations in the course of the people’s war between the CPN…

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