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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Christy Shucksmith - Wesley

My research focuses on humanitarian protection and assistance, and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. In recent years, it has become increasingly focused on emergency medical responses. With this goal in mind, I am establishing a portfolio of publications and a network of academics and practitioners in the fields of Law of International Organisations, Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Disaster Law and Human Rights Law. My monograph with Hart Publishing entitled ‘The International Committee of the Red Cross and its Mandate to Protect and Assist’ was published in 2017. It is based on my Ph.D. research, completed at the University of Nottingham. This research was partly inspired by voluntary work undertaken as part of the European Voluntary Service for the Armenian Red Cross Society in 2009. Conference Papers: On 7th December 2017, at the School of Global Health and Copenhagen Centre for Disaster Research at the University of Copenhagen, 'Disaster Risk Management Education: Celebrating 10 years of the MDMa Programme'. ‘Disaster Risk Reduction, the International Federation of the Red Cross, and Emergency Health for Women in Nepal 2015: Reflections and recommendations to prevent future human rights abuses’, Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law Symposium, University of Reading (29 June- 1 July 2017). ‘State Human Rights Obligations and Disaster Risk Reduction’, ESIL Human Rights Special Interest Group (7 September 2016) See: ‘Building Human Security through Humanitarian Protection and Assistance: The Potential of the International Committee of the Red Cross’, Fifth Istanbul Human Security Conference, The Role of Non-State Actors in Building Human Security: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) Coventry University, UN Human Security Unit and the Kadir Has University, Istanbul (20-21 October 2015) ‘‘The Effect of International Humanitarian Law on Detention Operations’, Invited to speak at the Strategic Detention Operations Course for British Army at Southwick Park, Portsmouth (24 September 2015) ‘The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Responsibility to Protect in Ukraine’, 2015 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of York (3-4 September 2015) Poster Presentation ‘The International Committee of the Red Cross: War, Peace and the In Between’, 2015 University of Lincoln Research Showcase, University of Lincoln (Summer 2015) ‘Justice and Human Security: Assessing the Utility of Humanitarian Law for Individuals and Communities in the Aftermath of Conflict’, International Law Association British Branch Spring Conference, University of Essex (29- 30 May 2015) ‘Governing for Human Security: Scale, Voice and Policy Practice’, Presentation at the University of Nottingham workshop, sponsored by the Institute for Asia Pacific Studies and the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (11-12 May 2015) ‘Can the Protection and Assistance Roles of the International Committee of the Red Cross Contribute to the Responsibility to Protect?’, Responsibility to Protect in Theory and Practice Conference, Faculty of Law, Ljubljana, Slovenia (23-24 April 2015) (Poster Presentation)

Department Responsibilities

Co-Director Conflict and Disasters Research Group (CONDIS)  Module coordinator:  Equity and Trusts (Level 3) Tutor: Human Rights in a Global Context (Level 2) International Human Rights Law (LLM) International Security and Defence Law (LLM) International Law (Level 3) Supervision: LLB Dissertation Supervisor LLM Dissertation Supervisor PhD GTA Studentship Award (2017-2020) Second Supervisor Personal Tutor Administrative Roles: Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Gender Charter (Athena Swan) Lincoln Law School Committee Chair Early Career Researcher Committee, Lincoln Law School Representative Social Media and School Blog Coordinator Member of the Assessment Board

Subject Specialism

Public International Law; International Human Rights Law; International Humanitarian Law


  • Ph. D. Law — University of Nottingham, 2015
  • MA Socio-legal and Criminological Research — University of Nottingham, 2011
  • LLM International Legal Studies — University of Sheffield, 2009
  • LLB Law — University of Sheffield, 2008


Telders International Law Moot Court Competition 2017 National Rounds Judge Christy continues to review submissions to the Journal of Conflict and Security Law (Oxford University Press). External examiner Kingston University and 2nd Marker Imperial College London (Conflict, Crime and Justice) Book reviewer for Routledge

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Research Interests

  • Humanitarian Protection and Assistance

  • Red Cross Movement

  • International Humanitarian Law

  • Law of International Organisations

  • Disaster Law

  • Public International Law

Research Projects

  • Rethinking the Problem: Innovating the use of scenario based questions in legal education — awarded £2113 by Teaching Innovation Fund, University of Lincoln in 2017
  • Human Security During and After Humanitarian Emergencies: Assessing the Role of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement — awarded £2798 by College Research Fund, University of Lincoln in 2016
  • PhD 1+3 ‘The International Committee of the Red Cross and it’s Mandate to Protect and Assist: Law and Practice’ — awarded £70000 by Economic and Social Research Council, UK in 2010

Research in the Lincoln Repository

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