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Birju Kotecha

Graduate Tutor in Law

Tel: 0191 227 3961



Birju Kotecha graduated with a 1st class LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Newcastle- Upon Tyne in 2006. He went on to complete a Secondary PGCE in Citizenship from the University of Leicester in 2008, and then spent five years teaching A-Level Law, the majority of which was in the north-west in both Wigan and Warrington. During this time he completed an MA in Politics from the University of Manchester graduating in December 2011. Birju joined the law school in January 2013 as a graduate tutor. He is a PhD candidate embarking on research on the International Criminal Court and truth and reconciliation processes within societies emerging from conflict. In addition he retains a keen interest in post-16 education, the student experience and access to law and has written articles aimed at law students for The Guardian.  In other work he was a runner-up in the 2014 Times Law Awards for his essay on the relationship between law, morality and war.

Research Interests
Transitional Justice, International Criminal Law, The ICC, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, and Legal Education.

Key Publications
Journal Articles

Kotecha. B “Can the A-Level Curriculum Meet the Demands of Higher Education” The Law Teacher 44(2) July 2010 195-207


Kotecha. B Review: Gentile. M, Vetter. M “The Court” Global Policy Journal 19th August 2013

Kotecha. B Review: David Kennedy “The Rights of Spring: A Memoir of Innocence Abroad OUP 2009” Millennium Journal of International Studies December 2010 39(2) 575-577

Conference papers

“Reframing the International Criminal Court” for the International Postgraduate Legal Conference held at the University of Liverpool Law School 5th July 2013

“The New Landscape of A-Levels and its Consequences for Higher Education” for The Law Teacher Annual Conference run by the Association of Law Teachers, held at Nottingham Trent University Law School 26th March 2013

“Human Rights and Citizenship Education”  for the Conflict, Intervention and the Politics of Knowledge Conference run by the Humanitarian Conflict and Response Institute held at the University of Manchester 25th November 2010

“Can the A-Level Curriculum Meet the Demands of Higher Education” for the Learning in Law Conference, run by the UK Centre for Legal Education at the University of Warwick 29th January 2010

Other Online Articles

Kotecha. B “The ICC: What counts as a success? Justice in Conflict 13th September 2013

Kotecha. B “Five Tips for New Law Students” The Guardian 5th September 2013

Kotecha. B “The International Criminal Court: Rhetoric and Reality Open Democracy 20th August 2013

Kotecha. B "The essential cases law students should know" The Guardian 1st December 2013

Teaching Interests and Modules
Birju teaches tort law across a range of programmes, as well as public law on the undergraduate pathway. He has also taught criminal law in the past, and retains a teaching interest in public international law and human rights.