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Birju Kotecha

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School

I read law at the University of Newcastle-Upon Tyne and later completed an MA in Politics from the University of Manchester.

I began a career in teaching and arrived at Northumbria Law School in 2013, first as a graduate tutor, before being promoted to a lecturing post in September 2017. I am currently a Visiting Fellow in the Centre of International Studies at the London School of Economics.

My research tends to concentrate on international criminal law and transitional justice. My PhD was examined by Professor William Schabas and awarded without corrections in January 2019. 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—a tribunal established by the United Nations and the Cambodian Government to try crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970’s. I am currently editing a journal special issue on international criminal justice in an 'age of misinformation' to be published in 2022. 

My teaching experience is in the law of tort and, more recently, public international law. In the past I have taught Constitutional and Administrative Law. Along with my colleagues, I am an author of English Legal System, published by Oxford University Press. For three years I was the leader of a distance-learning LLM programme in Information Rights Law before recently becoming the admissions tutor for the Bar Training Course. 

In 2019 I was awarded a Middle Temple Scholarship and called to the Bar of England and Wales in the summer of 2021. 

Birju Kotecha

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • English Legal System [4th edition], Wilson, S., Rutherford, H., Storey, T., Wortley, N., Kotecha, B. 29 May 2020

Qualifications

  • 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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