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Dr Reece Lewis

Dr Reece Lewis

Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Politics

Email
lewisr74@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5287
Campuses
Room 1.21, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I joined the School as a Lecturer in Law in September 2019. My research interests include all aspects of Public International Law though, at present, I am particularly focussed on the international law of the sea and on jurisprudential questions concerning the international legal order.

I have been appointed (October 2021) to serve as a Specialist Adviser for the House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee in their inquiry into the law of the sea and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. I am also an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (3 year term starting October 2021).

Prior to joining Cardiff University, I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Bristol under the supervision of Professor Sir Malcolm D. Evans KCMG OBE and Professor Eirik Bjorge. My doctoral thesis was nominated for the prize of "outstanding excellence in a doctoral dissertation in social sciences".

I have a research profile complete with a number of articles, chapters and books, published, accepted to be published and in development. I am an active participant at academic conferences in my field.

Biography

Education

  • PhD, University of Bristol (2019): Legal Fictions in International Law: Lessons from the Law of the Sea, supervised by Professor Sir Malcolm D. Evans KCMG OBE and Professor Eirik Bjorge. My thesis was examined by Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice (Queen Mary University London) and my internal examiner was Professor Patrick Capps.
  • LLM International Law, University of Bristol (2016): Distinction
  • LLB Law, Cardiff University (2015), First Class.

Honours and awards

  • Prize Nominee for Outstanding Excellence in a Doctoral Dissertation (2019)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship (2016-19)
  • Best Performance Overall in the LLM, Best Performance in International Law LLM and Dissertation (2016)
  • Graduated Top of Class in the LLB (2015)

Professional memberships

  • Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • International Law Association UK Branch (ILA)

Academic positions

  • 2019 - present: Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University
  • 2016 - 2019: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Bristol

Speaking engagements

Published Conference Contributions

  • R Lewis, ‘Can naturally formed features ever be artificial?’ (2019) Advisory Board on the Law of the Sea, Monaco, 10th Conference: “Opportunities and Challenges in the Governance of Planet Ocean” available at https://www.iho.int/mtg_docs/com_wg/ABLOS/ABLOS_Conf10/ABLOS_X_Presentations.zip.
  • R Lewis, ‘The Status of Maritime Features: A Legal Fiction?’ (2017) Advisory Board on the Law of the Sea, Monaco, 9th Conference: “Pushing the limits of UNCLOS” available at https://research-information.bristol.ac.uk/files/133340109/Reece_Lewis.pdf.

Committees and reviewing

  • Former advisory reviewer for Maritime Safety Law Journal
  • Editorial Assistant for the following: Malcolm D. Evans and Sofia Galani (eds), Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea: Help or Hindrance? (Edward Elgar Publishing 2019); Assistant Editor, Maritime Safety and Security Law Journal(2018); Eirik Bjorge and Cameron Miles (eds), Landmark Cases in Public International Law (Hart Publishing 2017)

Publications

2021

2020

2019

2017

Teaching

I teach the following modules:

  • Undergraduate
    • Public International Law (Module Leader)
    • Equity and Trusts
    • Undergraduate Dissertation
  • Postgraduate:
    • Law of the Sea 
    • Dissertation Supervision
    • PGR Supervision

I have previously taught Jurisprudence to undergraduates and the Law of the Use of Force to postgraduate taught students. 

I am accredited as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

My primary research field is Public International Law. My current work engages two key sub-disciplines of Public International Law: (1) the international law of the sea, and (2) jurisprudential questions concerning public international law.

I am currently working on a co-authored monograph with Professor Sir Malcolm D Evans for Edward Elgar Publishing on the International Law of Islands (expected publication early 2023). I am also leading a research project examing the legal consequences of illegality in international law.

I have been appointed (October 2021) to serve as a Specialist Adviser for the House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee in their inquiry into the law of the sea and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. I am also an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (3 year term starting October 2021).

Supervision

I am currently the primary supervisor of Mr Cihan Burak Sancak, who is examining "Military Activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone and the Limits of Freedom of Navigation".

I am also the co-supervisor of Mr Hamoud Sultan Alotaibi, who is examining "What’s on the horizon for legalization of autonomous shipping?".

I welcome research proposals in areas relating to my research interests including: the international law of the sea; international legal theory and general public international law.