Prof. Jean Allain is a generalist in public international law with a specialisation in human rights and an expertise in issues of slavery and trafficking.
His current research interest – beyond issues of slavery, trafficking, refugees and international law in the Middle East – is focused on food security, food safety and the right to food.
Jean Allain completed his studies at HEI – Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales
– the Graduate Institute for International Studies of the University of Geneva, having received a PhD in 2000. He wrote his Master’s thesis at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, in San José, Costa Rica, as a Fellow of the Organization of American States. In 1996-1997 he clerked for both the President and the Deputy Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Previous to his appointment at Queen’s University, Belfast, Prof. Allain taught at the American University in Cairo, Egypt from 1998 to 2004. In 2008, Prof. Allain was appointed Extraordinary Professor, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, by the Senate of the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Prof. Allain has published in the leading international journals including the American Journal of International Law, British Yearbook of International Law, European Journal of International Law, International Journal of Refugee Law, International and Comparative Law Quarterly
, and Human Rights Quarterly
. He is author of the following monographs: Slavery in International Law
: Of Human Exploitation and Trafficking (2013), The Slavery Conventions
: The Travaux Préparatoires of the 1926 League of Nations Convention and the 1956 United Nations Convention
(2008), International Law in the Middle East
: Closer to Power than Justice
(2004), and A Century of International Adjudication
: The Rule of Law and its Limits
He is also the editor of The Legal Understanding of Slavery
: From the Historical to the Contemporary (2012) and Unlocking the Middle East
: The Writings of Richard Falk
(2003). Jean Allain is a member of the International Editorial Board of the African Journal of Human Rights Law
; and is on the editorial board and Founding Editor of the Irish Yearbook of International Law
During the Autumn Semester 2012, Prof Allain was the Simons Visiting Chair in International Law and Human Security, School of International Studies, at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. He has been a visiting scholar at Australian National University, Harvard Law School, University of Ottawa, and Melbourne Law School. From 2010 to 2012 he was a Leverhulme Research Fellow.
Prof. Allain has been the Principal Investigator on research grants received from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK); British Academy; International Council for Canadian Studies; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Leverhulme Trust; and Rockefeller Foundation.
Prof. Allain welcomes PhD supervision in any area of public international law, including human rights law, humanitarian law and the use of force. Not surprisingly, he would be interested in supervising PhD related to issues of slavery, human exploitation as well as food security and the right to food.
• Public International Law
• Human Rights in the Americas
• Human Rights and Exploitation
Public International Law; International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law; Slavery, Human Exploitation and Human Trafficking; Food Security, Right to Food.
“The International Legal Regime of Slavery and Human Exploitation and its Obfuscation by the Term of Art: ‘Slavery-Like Practice’”, Cahiers de la recherche en droits fondamentaux, Vol. 10, 2012, 24 pp.
with Robin Hickey, “Property Law and the Definition of Slavery”, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Volume 61, 2012, pp. 915-938.
with Kevin Bales, “Slavery and its Definition”, Global Dialogue, Vol. 14, 2012, pp. 1-15 (see: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2123155).
“Trafficking and Human Exploitation in International Law with Special Reference to Women and Children in Africa”, Benjamin Lawrance and Richard Roberts (eds.) Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake, Ohio University Press, 2012, pp. 145-162.
“Acculturation through the Middle Ages: The Islamic Law of Nations and its place in the History of International Law”, in Alexander Orakhelashvili (ed.), Research Handbook on Theory and History of International Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011, pp. 394-407.
“Nineteenth Century Law of the Sea and the British Abolition of the Slave Trade”, (2008) 78 British Yearbook of International Law 2007 342
Director, Human Rights Centre, 2011 - Present
Postgraduate Coordinator, 2008 - 2011