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 Editorial Board.

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Twelve Years On: An Exceptional Chemical Weapons Tribunal

It is almost two years since a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council unilaterally decided to wage war against an independent European state. What response might we have expected in that time? More particularly, how might we have expected the international community to respond? Now let’s imagine we are a decade on. Twelve long years…

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Response to the Letter to the Editors Regarding the Publication of a Symposium based on Papers Presented at an IDF Conference

We are grateful for this letter. It raises important and difficult issues. These are issues that must be identified, aired, discussed, specified and further discussed. This letter has spurred such a process. The symposium that the letter objects to focused on the question of the identification of custom in international humanitarian law. It consisted…

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Programming Note by the Editors

Dear readers, We have been receiving, reviewing and publishing an unprecedented number of posts on Ukraine in the past two weeks. We have now covered most legal aspects of the crisis, which looks likely to continue for many more weeks if not months. We will therefore have to resume publishing some posts that are unrelated to Ukraine, many…

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