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Emma Wood

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Postgraduate Academic Assistant

I graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2017 with first class honours in my LLB.

I then went on to study my masters in International Law and Governance from the University of Durham. My dissertation examined the effectiveness  of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) through the lens of the women, peace and security agenda. I graduated with a distinction in 2018.

I joined the University of Sunderland as a Postgraduate Academic Assistant in Law in October 2018. I teach on a number of modules on the LLB and the Business programme whilst also studying for my PhD.

My PhD thesis is on international humanitarian law and the protection of civilians in hostilities. Specifically, it is looking at whether international law adequately defines the phrase 'direct participation in hostilities'.

Teaching and supervision

I am currently module leader for:
  • Business Law (UGB110)

I also teach on:

  • Law in Society (LAW252)
  • Business Law (LAW245)
  • Foundations in Law and Social Science (FDN009)

Research interests for potential research students

My main academic research areas focus on public international law, conflict and transitional justice. This includes, but is not limited to, public international law theory, the role of women as mediators during the post-conflict period, and the protection of civilians during armed conflicts. I am particularly interested in the governance of human shields and child soldiers during hostilities.


I am currently enrolled on a PhD program at the University of Sunderland. This is focused on how international humanitarian law defines the phrase 'direct participation in hostilities'. It looks to the grey areas that exist within the current legal framework, like human shields and child soldiers, and current commentary that exists in the area, in order to identify a more certain framework for their governance.
  • Public international law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Transitional Justice and Gender

Last updated 11 June 2019