Bangor Law School

Professor Suzannah Linton

Suzannah Linton
Professor Suzannah Linton
Professor of International Law
01248 38 3777
Room 007, Ground Floor, Athrolys


Dr Suzannah Linton is Bangor’s first Chair Professor of International Law. Since joining the Law School in 2011, she has spearheaded the study, teaching and dissemination of International Law at Bangor. She developed and introduced four Masters programmes in International Law in 2011, and founded the Bangor Centre for International Law in 2012 as a focal point for the School’s burgeoning work on International Law. She has also worked to enhance postgraduate research at the Law School, through establishing the Law Postgraduate Studies Committee, and organizing various events to support students in their studies. In 2012, Professor Linton’s students at Bangor Law School nominated her for the University’s Outstanding Postgraduate Teacher Award and a Teaching Fellowship.

Professor Linton teaches the Law School’s core courses on Public International Law at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her teaching and research include but go beyond general International Law into several specialized areas, most notably International Criminal Law, the Law of Armed Conflict, International Human Rights Law, and the multi-disciplinary area of dealing with the past (post conflict justice). Several of Professor Linton's publications have been translated into different languages, and citations to her works appear in leading international law journals, scholarly books, litigation, judgements and United Nations reports. Some of her most significant work has been on internationalised courts and tribunals, and neglected accountability processes in Indonesia, Bangladesh and Hong Kong. Central themes of Professor Linton’s work, in practice and academically, have been the Rule of Law and Good Governance. In addition to her own research projects, Professor Linton has taken part in numerous international research collaborations such as the International Experts Framework on International Criminal Procedure (which she has co-led under the direction of Professor Goran Sluiter of Amsterdam University) and Professor Cherif Bassiouni’s EU funded global Post Conflict Justice project, and several of the International Law Association’s committees. Professor Linton is the creator of the Hong Kong’s War Crimes Trials Collection website and database (2010), with technical assistance from the University of Hong Kong Libraries (see This includes a review article ‘Hong Kong’s War Crimes Trials’ and 46 case notes of previously un-studied war crimes trials held in Hong Kong from 1946-1948.

Professor Linton brings to her work at Bangor a rich professional background of many years of professional experience with the United Nations and other global organisations, as well as international courts and tribunals. She has worked, inter alia, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, for the OSCE in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with the United Nations in Cambodia and East Timor, and in Indonesia. Professor Linton lectures and presents regularly around the world, engages in international research projects, and has taught at international summer schools in Salzburg, Hong Kong, Bangkok and elsewhere. She maintains her interests in countries where she has worked but is always exploring new challenges.

Recent activities

In the academic year 2012-2013, Professor Suzannah Linton, inter alia, gave several public lectures, for example on her research into historic war crimes trials and on evolving approaches to human rights in armed conflict, at the Law Schools at Zejiang Gongshang University and Wuhan University in China. She was an invited panelist at the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Human Rights Centre at Essex University, and at the conference on the Bangladeshi Genocide at Heidelberg University. At the invitation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, she was a judge of the final round of the 6th China International Humanitarian Law moots, alongside Hon. Justice Liu Daqun of the Appeals Chamber of International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, and Mr. Richard Desgagne, Regional Legal Advisor for the ICRC. She was a Visiting Professor at the Zhejiang Gongshang University in China, and Cadiz University in Spain (lecturing at the Cadiz and Algeciras campuses).

Professor Linton’s latest publications include her co-edited book on General Principles and Rules of International Criminal Law, published by Oxford University Press in February 2013, who are also about to publish her study of Hong Kong’s War Crimes Trials. She published several peer reviewed journal articles this year:

Professor Linton was also a party to the Joint Amicus Curiae on the legal status of amnesties in International Law in the European Court of Human Rights case of Marguš v. Croatia (Application no. 4455/10) (led by BCIL Advisory Board Member Professor William A Schabas).

Professor Linton’s paper on ‘The Essex Human Rights Centre: 30 years of making a difference’ is forthcoming in the Essex Human Rights Review 2013.

Professor Linton is currently part of the leadership of a new project on a Model Code of International Criminal Procedure with the Amsterdam Centre for International Law, the Hague Institute for International Law and the Hague Institute for Global Justice. 

Professor Linton continues to be part of the Nuffield Foundation funded project on Amnesties in International Law, led by a team from the University of Ulster, which will shortly be publicly presented.

She is on the International Advisory Panel of the global Crimes against Humanity Initiative, a member of the International Law Association and is a founding member of the Steering Board of the Antonio Cassese Initiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity. She is also a member of the international advisory board of the Burma Legal Aid Network.

Professor Linton continues to be heavily engaged in developing International Law at Bangor Law School, most significantly through the four International Law LLM programmes and the Bangor Centre for International Law.

Supervision Interests

Professor Linton currently supervises PhD students working on petroleum arbitration (Sinan Ali), the ‘reformed’ Iraqi Criminal Procedure Code (Bassim Al Moussawi), the International Criminal Court and Libya (Wedad El-Maalul), the creation of States with focus on Iraqi Kurdistan (Arsalan Al-Mizory) and Boundary Disputes Arising from Creation of States following the exercise of the right to Self-Determination (Soran Qader). She particularly welcomes PhD students in the following areas:

  • The United Nations;
  • The Use of Force;
  • Humanitarian Intervention/Responsibility to Protect;
  • State Responsibility;
  • Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement;
  • International Courts and Tribunals;
  • International Criminal Law;
  • International Criminal Procedure;
  • International Law of Armed Conflict;
  • International Human Rights Law;
  • International Dispute Resolution;
  • Multidisciplinary issues within the broad topic of ‘Dealing with the legacies of the past’ or ‘Post conflict justice’.

Major Publications

Some of Professor Linton’s papers are online at SSRN: see her author page at


  • ‘The Essex Human Rights Centre: 30 years of making a difference’, Essex Human Rights Review 2013 (forthcoming).


Creator of the Hong Kong’s War Crimes Trials Collection website and database (2010), with technical assistance from the University of Hong Kong Libraries (see This includes a review article ‘Hong Kong’s War Crimes Trials’ and 46 casenotes of war crimes trials held in Hong Kong from 1946-1948.

Peer reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Books and Monographs

Conference Proceedings

  • “Dealing with the Legacies of the Past: Thoughts on the Way Forward” in Mofidul Hoque (Ed.), Bangladesh Genocide 1971 and the Quest for Justice: Papers Presented at the Second International Conference on Genocide, Truth and Justice, 30-31 July 2009 (Liberation War Museum, 2009), pp.155-163.

Journal editorship

  • Member, Editorial Board, Criminal Law Forum (Kluwer), 2011-present.
  • Guest Editor of Special Edition on Bangladesh, Criminal Law Forum, Vol. 21 (2) June 2010, including Editorial.

Peer-reviewing activities


Professor Linton regularly reviews grant applications for funding institutions in the UK such as the Economic and Social Research Council, and from abroad such as the Volkswagen Foundation in Germany, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and the Irish Research Council.  She is regularly invited to review manuscripts for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Hart Publishing, Edward Elgar Press, Notre Dame Press, Routledge, the University of Pennsylvania Press and the United Nations University Press. Likewise, Professor Linton regularly reviews scholarly articles for leading international law journals, such as the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, the Journal of International Criminal Justice, the Leiden Journal of International Law, the International Journal of Refugee Law and the Human Rights Journal. She also reviews interdisciplinary works, for publications such the International Journal of Transitional Justice and the South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal.


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