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 PhD and LLM degrees in international law from NUI Galway.

John's research focuses on the operation of international law in contexts of conflict, crisis and colonialism. His work is informed by and engages with the insights of Third World Approaches to International Law and postcolonial theory. His writing 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, the Journal of Legal Pluralism & Unofficial Law, the Journal of International Law & International Relations, and the Palestine Yearbook of International Law. John's recent book on Empire, Emergency and International Law (2017) was published by Cambridge University Press. 

John 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. He is currently supervising a number of Ph.D research students working on projects in fields of international law and legal theory relating to conceptions of genocide, vindication of 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, 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 colonialism. His work is informed by and engages with Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) and postcolonial theory, 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 research project over recent years examined 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. His book on 'Empire, Emergency and International Law' was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. 

John has also 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 work 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, the Journal of Legal Pluralism & Unofficial Law, the Journal of International Law & International Relations, and the Palestine Yearbook of International Law.

John's current research aims to look at the relations between international law and race/racialisation in two particular strands: (i) ideas of neo-fascism and racial supremacy; (ii) migration and border policies. His work also has an ongoing interest in the use of law and legal discourse by social movements.

Books

  Year Publication
2017 Empire, Emergency and International Law.
John Reynolds (2017) Empire, Emergency and International Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
2017 Third World Approaches to International Law: On Praxis and the Intellectual.
John Reynolds, Usha Natarajan, Amar Bhatia & Sujith Xavier (2017) Third World Approaches to International Law: On Praxis and the Intellectual. Abingdon: Routledge. [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
2017 'Repressive Inclusion'
John Reynolds (2017) 'Repressive Inclusion'. Journal of Legal Pluralism & Unofficial Law, 49 (3) [Details]
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 'Placing TWAIL Scholarship and Praxis'
Usha Natarajan, John Reynolds, Amar Bhatia & Sujith Xavier (2016) 'Placing TWAIL Scholarship and Praxis'. Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, 33 (3) [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 [IR Link] [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