Dr John Reynolds

Law

Lecturer

New House
306
(+353) 1 474 7274

Biography

John joined the Department of Law in Maynooth in 2014. Prior to this he taught at the European Inter-University Centre in Venice, and held the NUI’s EJ Phelan Fellowship in International Law. John holds Ph.D and LLM degrees in international law from NUI Galway, and received his undergraduate degree in law & economics from University College Dublin.

John works in the fields of international law and critical legal studies. He teaches public international law, economic, social & cultural rights, world trade law and international criminal justice on the Department of Law’s LL.M and LL.B programmes, and is  is co-convener of the university’s Research Cluster on Social Justice, Participation & Human Rights.

John's research focuses on the operation of international law in contexts of conflict, crisis and coloniality. He  is currently supervising a number of Ph.D research students working on projects relating to conflict and peace agreements, genocide, social rights, and engagement with law by the radical left. He is happy to receive Ph.D proposals in areas of international law, imperialism, social justice, human rights, critical legal theory, and related fields.

Beyond the academy, John worked for several years in the West Bank as a researcher for Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq, and continues to work with a number of social movements and civil society organisations. He also sits on Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs Civil Society Standing Committee on Human Rights. 


Research Interests

John’s research focuses on the operation of international law in contexts of conflict, crisis and coloniality. His work is informed by and engages with postcolonial theory and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), and explores the fields of legal history, settler colonialism, rights and social justice. He is particularly interested in the racial and political economy dynamics at play in international law’s histories, doctrines and institutions. John’s major ongoing research project examines the evolution and operation of emergency legal doctrines in colonial and post-colonial contexts, and the relationship between colonial states of emergency and international law. He has written widely on the question of Palestine, and has published work on praxis and intellectual traditions, race and apartheid, occupation law, self-determination, and international criminal justice. His research appears in journals such as the European Journal of International Law, Third World Quarterly, the Journal of International Criminal Justice, the Journal of Conflict & Security Law and the Palestine Yearbook of International Law.

Books

  Year Publication
2017 Empire, Emergency and International Law.
John Reynolds (2017) Empire, Emergency and International Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
2012 Beyond Occupation: Colonialism, Apartheid & International Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
(co-author) (2012) Beyond Occupation: Colonialism, Apartheid & International Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. London: Pluto Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'Disrupting Civility: Amateur Intellectuals, International Lawyers and TWAIL as Praxis'
John Reynolds (2016) 'Disrupting Civility: Amateur Intellectuals, International Lawyers and TWAIL as Praxis'. Third World Quarterly, 37 (11):2098-2118 [Details]
2016 '“The Dark Corners of the World”: TWAIL and International Criminal Justice'
John Reynolds & Sujith Xavier (2016) '“The Dark Corners of the World”: TWAIL and International Criminal Justice'. Journal of International Criminal Justice, 14 (4):959-983 [Details]
2016 'Third World Approaches to International Law: On Praxis and the Intellectual'
Usha Natarajan, John Reynolds, Amar Bhatia & Sujith Xavier (2016) 'Third World Approaches to International Law: On Praxis and the Intellectual'. Third World Quarterly, 37 (11):1946-1956 [Details]
2016 'Third World Approaches to International Criminal Law'
Asad Kiyani, John Reynolds & Sujith Xavier (2016) 'Third World Approaches to International Criminal Law'. Journal of International Criminal Justice, 14 (4):915-920 [Details]
2015 'Anti-Colonial Legalities: Paradigms, Tactics & Strategy'
John Reynolds (2015) 'Anti-Colonial Legalities: Paradigms, Tactics & Strategy'. To be added, 18 Palestine Yearbook of International Law 8-52 [Details]
2013 'Of Humanity and the Law'
John Reynolds (2013) 'Of Humanity and the Law'. 9 Journal of International Law & International Relations [Details]
2013 'Apartheid, International Law, and the Occupied Palestinian Territory'
John Reynolds & John Dugard (2013) 'Apartheid, International Law, and the Occupied Palestinian Territory'. 24(3) European Journal of International Law 867-913 [Details]
2012 'The Political Economy of States of Emergency'
John Reynolds (2012) 'The Political Economy of States of Emergency'. 14(1) Oregon Review of International Law 85-130 [Details]
2010 'The Use of Force in a Colonial Present, and the Goldstone Report’s Blind Spot'
John Reynolds (2010) 'The Use of Force in a Colonial Present, and the Goldstone Report’s Blind Spot'. 16 Palestine Yearbook of International Law 55-77 [Details]
2010 'An Enduring Occupation: The Status of the Gaza Strip from the Perspective of International Humanitarian Law'
John Reynolds & Shane Darcy (2010) 'An Enduring Occupation: The Status of the Gaza Strip from the Perspective of International Humanitarian Law'. 15(2) Journal of Conflict and Security Law 211-243 [Details]
2010 'The Long Shadow of Colonialism: The Origins of the Doctrine of Emergency in International Human Rights Law'
John Reynolds (2010) 'The Long Shadow of Colonialism: The Origins of the Doctrine of Emergency in International Human Rights Law'. 6(5) Osgoode Comparative Research in Law and Political Economy 1-51 [Details]
2009 'International Law from Below'
John Reynolds (2009) 'International Law from Below'. 15 Palestine Yearbook of International Law 433-438 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 ''Peripheral Parallels? Europe's Edges and the World of Bandung''
John Reynolds (2017) ''Peripheral Parallels? Europe's Edges and the World of Bandung'' In: Bandung, the Global South, and International Law: Critical Pasts and Pending Futures. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
2013 '’Palestine and the Politics of International Criminal Justice’'
John Reynolds & Michael Kearney (2013) '’Palestine and the Politics of International Criminal Justice’' In: The Ashgate Research Companion to International Criminal Law: Critical Perspectives (Ashgate). [Details]
2012 '’Third World Approaches to International Law and the Ghosts of Apartheid’'
John Reynolds (2012) '’Third World Approaches to International Law and the Ghosts of Apartheid’' In: The Challenge of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future (Edward Elgar). [Details]

Teaching Interests

Public International Law
Law in Society
International Human Rights
Economic, Social & Cultural Rights
World Trade Law
International Criminal Justice