Philippa Webb


Dr Philippa Webb is a Reader in International Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College London, which she joined in September 2012 after a decade in international legal practice. She served as the Special Assistant and Legal Officer to Judge Rosalyn Higgins during her Presidency of the International Court of Justice (2006-2009) and, prior to that, as the Judicial Clerk to Judges Higgins and Owada (2004-2005). She was the Associate Legal Adviser to Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo at the International Criminal Court (2005-2006). Her publications include: International Judicial Integration and Fragmentation (OUP 2013), The Law of State Immunity (3rd edn, OUP 2013) (with Lady Hazel Fox CMG QC) and, The Genocide Convention: The Travaux Préparatoires (Martinus Nijhoff 2008) (with Hirad Abtahi) ,

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Slavery in Domestic Work: The Potential for State Responsibility?

On 10 September 2018, UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Urmila Bhoola, presented her latest report to the Human Rights Council. The report focuses on an often-hidden aspect of modern slavery – the slavery and servitude of “marginalized women workers in the global domestic economy” (para 11). In this post, we highlight key findings of…

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Parliaments as Human Rights Actors – Proposed Standards from the UN

On 13 June 2018, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released its report on the Contribution of parliaments to the work of the Human Rights Council and its universal periodic review, which will be discussed at the Human Rights Council session starting 18 June. The report includes a welcome proposal for a…

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The Limits of Diplomatic Immunity in the Age of Human Trafficking: The Supreme Court in Reyes v Al-Malki

Disclaimer: The author was counsel to the Intervener, Kalayaan, a charity that supports migrant domestic workers, some of whom have been trafficked. This post is written in the author's personal academic capacity and does not necessarily represent the views of her client. Last week the UK Supreme Court delivered judgments in two landmark cases…

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