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Birju Kotecha

Assistant Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

I read law at the University of Newcastle-Upon Tyne and later completed an MA in Politics at the University of Manchester.  I began my career in teaching and commenced at Northumbria Law School in 2013, first as a graduate tutor, before being promoted to a lecturing post in September 2017.

My research concentrates on international criminal law and my work has been published in leading journals such as the Leiden Journal of International Law and the Journal of International Criminal Justice. In August 2017, my research findings were quoted in a judgment of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia—a tribunal established by the United Nations and the Cambodian Government to try crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970’s. In 2022, I co-edited a journal special issue examining how today's 'misinformation age' is shaping international criminal justice.

My teaching experience is in the law of tort, public international law and, more recently, Ethics for Bar students. In the past I have taught Constitutional and Administrative Law.

In 2019 I was awarded a Middle Temple Scholarship and later called to the Bar of England and Wales in the summer of 2021. I am the admissions tutor for the Bar Training Course and chair the Bar Scholarship committee.

I hold an interest in professional regulation and discipline, and frequently sit on Fitness to Practice panels, both as a Chair for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and a Lay Partner for the Health and Care Professions Council, respectively. I also sit as a School Governor at a High School in North Tyneside.

Birju Kotecha

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • International Criminal Justice in an 'Age of Misinformation': Guest Editors' Introduction, Kotecha, B., Birkett, D. 2022, In: Journal of International Criminal Justice
  • The International Criminal Court’s Selectivity and Procedural Justice, Kotecha, B. 2020, In: Journal of International Criminal Justice
  • The Art of Rhetoric: Perceptions of the International Criminal Court and Legalism, Kotecha, B. Dec 2018, In: Leiden Journal of International Law
  • The ICC's Office of the Prosecutor and the Limits of Performance Indicators, Kotecha, B. 2 Aug 2017, In: Journal of International Criminal Justice
  • Necessity as a Defence to Murder: An Anglo-Canadian Perspective, Kotecha, B. Aug 2014, In: The Journal of Criminal Law

Samuel Lees Universal Jurisdiction as a means of securing accountability for alleged atrocities: an examination of the ability of domestic prosecutors to investigate individuals accused of atrocities without political influences and their impact on impartiality under universal jurisdiction. Start Date: 01/10/2022

  • Law LLB (Hons)
  • Law PhD
  • Education PGCE
  • Politics MA
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA
  • Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple


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