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Birju Kotecha

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School

I read law at the University of Newcastle-Upon Tyne. After completing a PGCE in 2008, I began a career in teaching and later went on to complete an MA at the University of Manchester.

I began at Northumbria Law School in 2013, first as a graduate tutor, before being promoted to a lecturing post in September 2017. I hold a Middle Temple Scholarship and am due to be called to the Bar of England and Wales in late 2020.

My research concentrates on international criminal law. 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.  

My main teaching experience is in the law of tort and, more recently, Public International Law. In the past I have also taught Constitutional and Administrative Law. Along with my colleagues, I am an author of English Legal System, published by Oxford University Press. 

Birju Kotecha


  • 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. 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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