University of Lincoln
    Brayford Pool
    LN6 7TS
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    Dr Christy Shucksmith

    Senior Lecturer

    Lincoln Law School
    College of Social Science

    About Christy Shucksmith

    Christy’s monograph with Hart Publishing entitled ‘The International Committee of the Red Cross and its Mandate to Protect and Assist’ is available for pre-order. The book is based on her Ph.D. research, completed at the University of Nottingham. The research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and included an MA Socio-legal and Criminological Research. During this research Christy was invited to the Australian National University as a Visiting Research Student. This visit was funded by the Graduate School Travel Prize (University of Nottingham); the Reuben Lipman Travel Scholarship, (School of Law, University of Nottingham) and a contribution from the Journal of Conflict and Security Law (Oxford University Press).

    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:
    ‘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)

    ‘The International Committee of the Red Cross: Pushing the Legal Boundaries of Humanitarian Assistance’, Newcastle Law School PGR Conference, University of Newcastle (3-4 April 2014)

    ‘Peacebuilding in Africa: The United Nations and Human (in) Security’, Understanding Change in Contemporary Conflict, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham (8 March 2014)

    ‘The Fallacy of Democratisation: Human Insecurity and United Nations Peacebuilding’, Nottingham Centre for International Law and Security, Security Group, University of Nottingham (20 February 2014)

    Research in Progress Seminar Series, PhD Thesis, Australian National University (October 2013)

    ‘The Use of Force: International Law in Domestic Courts’, ILDC Workshop, University of Athens (January 2011)

    ‘The Risk of Forum Shopping’, Workshop on Regulatory Frameworks for Private Military and Security Companies: Problems and Prospects, University of Sheffield (May 2009)

    2nd International Disaster Law Course, International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Italy (27 April- 1 May 2015)

    Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, ‘Aurora Programme’ (January 2015- present)

    SLSA PhD Student Workshop, Belfast, Northern Ireland (January 2012)

    Hague Academy for Public International Law, The Hague, Netherlands (July 2011)- funded by                                 International Law Fund Scholarship from the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge).

    West Coast Teaching International Humanitarian Law, International Committee of the Red Cross, Berkeley, California (April 2010)

    Department Responsibilities

    Co-Director Conflict and Disasters Research Group (CONDIS) 

    Module coordinator: 
    Equity and Trusts (Level 3)
    Dissertation (Level 3)

    Human Rights in a Global Context (Level 2)
    International Human Rights Law (LLM)
    International Law (Level 3)

    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

    Professional Affiliations

    External Activities and Consultancy

    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

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • Rethinking the Problem: Innovating the use of scenario based questions in legal education — Awarded £2,113 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 £2,798 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 £70,000 by Economic and Social Research Council, UK in 2010

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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