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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Graham Melling

Graham Melling is a Senior Lecturer in Law in Lincoln Law School specialising in Public International Law, in particular in the areas of use of force, intervention, aggression and customary international law. He is always interested to hear from prospective research students within his subject specialisms.  Graham is the LLM (Taught) Programme Leader. He teaches the LLM modules in International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Justice, International Dispute Resolution and Research Methods. In addition Graham teaches LLB modules: Human Rights in the UK; Human Rights in a Global Context; Tort Law and European Union Law. Graham is also the co-director of Lincoln Law School’s Law in a Global Context Research Group. Graham arranges the Lincoln Law School Research Seminar Series bringing nationally and internationally respected researchers to the law school each term to discuss their research for the benefit of both staff and students. Recent publications: Graham Melling & Sarah Sargent, ‘The exercise of external self-determination by indigenous groups: An examination of the Republic of Lakotah and the inherent sovereignty of American indigenous peoples’, Sri Lanka Journal of International and Comparative Law 1 (2015), 49 Graham Melling and Sarah Sargent, ‘Indigenous Self-Determination: The Root of State Resistance’, The Denning Law Journal (2012) 24(1) 117-137 Graham Melling and Francis Grimal, ‘The Protection of Nationals Abroad: Lawfulness or Toleration? A Commentary’, J Conflict Security Law (Winter 2011) 16(3): 541-554 Graham Melling and Francis Grimal, ‘British Action in Libya 2011: The Lawful Protection of Nationals Abroad?’ The Denning Law Journal pp. (2011) 23(1) 165-177

Department Responsibilities

LL.M Progamme Leader Co-director Law in a Global Context Research Group Law School representative on College of Social Science Academic Affairs Committee Post-graduate research supervision: currently 3 PhD students Teaching: LL.M modules - International Law; International Human Rights Law; International Criminal Justice; International Dispute Resolution and Research Methods LL.B modules - Human Rights in the UK; Human Rights in a Global Context; Tort Law; European Union Law

Subject Specialism

Public International Law: use of force; customary international law; rule change and rule creation; IR/IL theory intersections


  • Ph.D International Law — University of Reading,
  • LL.M — University of Sheffield,

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy