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Birju Kotecha

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School

I graduated with a 1st class LLB from the University of Newcastle-Upon Tyne in 2006.

After taking a year out to travel, I completed a PGCE at the University of Leicester and began my career in teaching. I taught A-Level Law from 2008 mainly in the North-West of England, during which time I also obtained an MA in Political Science from Manchester University in 2011. In 2013 I took the chance to return to the North-East and started as a graduate tutor at Northumbria Law School before being promoted to a lecturing post in September 2017.  I have now commenced training to qualify as a barrister and hope to be called to the Bar in the summer of 2020.

My research concentrates on international criminal law and transitional justice. In January 2019 I was awarded my PhD without corrections on examination by Professor William Schabas (Middlesex University) and Dr Elena Katselli (University of Newcastle Upon-Tyne). My thesis focused on the International Criminal Court’s prosecution strategy and its relationship to victims and affected communities. To date, my research has been published in the Leiden Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the Journal of Criminal Law. In August 2017, findings from my research were quoted in a judgment of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia—an international tribunal established by the United Nations and the Cambodian Government to try serious crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970’s.  

More generally, I retain an academic interest in the development of criminal law and the law of torts.  



  • Law LLB (Hons)
  • Law PhD
  • Education PGCE
  • Politics MA
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The International Criminal Court’s Selectivity and Procedural Justice, Kotecha, B. 15 Feb 2020, In: Journal of International Criminal Justice
  • The Art of Rhetoric, 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


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