Dr Stephen Allen, BA (Kent); LLM (Bristol), PhD (Bristol); Barrister (Inner Temple); FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Law
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Dr Stephen Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary, University of London. He is also a qualified barrister and maintains a Door Tenancy at 5 Essex Court Chambers, London.
His main scholarly interests lie in the field of Public International Law. His books include: The Chagos Islanders and International Law (Hart, 2014) and Title to Territory in International Law: A Temporal Analysis (Ashgate, 2003, with Joshua Castellino). He has jointly edited several books including: The Oxford Handbook of Jurisdiction in International Law (OUP, in press, 2019); The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Marine Areas (Hart, in press, 2019); Fifty Years of the British Indian Ocean Territory: Legal Perspectives (Springer, 2018); and Reflections on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Hart, 2011).
- LLB Public International Law (LAW6032)
- LLB Equity & Trusts (LAW5003 and LAW6056)
Dr Allen’s main scholarly interests lie in the field of Public International Law. Specifically, the areas of: (1) statehood; territoriality; and self-determination (especially in relation to Non-Self-Governing Territories); (2) the rights of Indigenous peoples (particularly regarding territorial and maritime claims); (3) the jurisdictional challenges associated with cyberspace (especially the criminal law aspects of data protection); (4) maritime disputes and the Law of the Sea more generally.
Dr Allen has a special interest in the international law aspects of the various legal disputes relating to the Chagos Islands (British Indian Ocean Territory). He has acted as a consultant to the Chagossian (Bancoult) legal team regarding the international legal issues involved in this litigation. In addition, over the years, he has delivered presentations on this topic at Cambridge, Oxford, UCL, Kent, Nottingham, Stockholm and Vrije University (Amsterdam).
Dr Allen is also interested in the jurisdictional challenges presented by cyberspace. He was invited to lead workshops on the 2014 Munich Advanced Course in International Law (MACIL) at Munich University, which was dedicated to the theme of Cyberspace and International Law. He is currently a member of the Task Force set up in accordance with the JUD-IT Project (Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters and Electronic IT Data in the EU: Ensuring Efficient Cross-Border Cooperation and Mutual Trust). This Project is co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
Dr Allen was a co-Director of the QMUL Research Centre, Centre for European & International Legal Affairs (CEILA) until 2018. He is also a member of the Centre for Small States and the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC).
He was an elected member of the International Law Association’s Committee on Indigenous Rights (2009-12).
He is currently supervising two PhD students working in the field of international law.
Recent and Forthcoming Research Publications
- Stephen Allen, Nigel Bankes and Øyvind Ravna (eds.) The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Marine Areas (Hart Publishing, 2019, in press)
- Stephen Allen, Daniel Costelloe, Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Paul Gragl, and Edward Guntrip (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Jurisdiction in International Law (OUP, 2019, in press).
- Stephen Allen and Chris Monaghan (eds.), Fifty Years of the British Indian Ocean Territory: Legal Perspectives (Springer, 2018).
- Stephen Allen, The Chagos Islanders and International Law (2014, Hart Publishing).
- Stephen Allen and Alexandra Xanthaki (eds.), Reflections on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Hart Publishing, 2011).
- Stephen Allen, Law Express: International Law (Pearson, 4th edition, 2018)
- Stephen Allen, ‘The Jurisprudence of Artisanal Fishing Rights Revisited’, in Stephen Allen, Nigel Bankes and Øyvind Ravna (eds.) The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Marine Areas (Hart Publishing, 2019, in press)
- Stephen Allen, ‘Enforcing Criminal Jurisdiction in the Clouds and International Law’s Enduring Commitment to Territoriality’, in Allen, Costelloe, Fitzmaurice, Gragl, and Guntrip (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Jurisdiction in International Law (OUP, 2019, in press).
- Stephen Allen, ‘The Operation of Estoppel in International Law and the Function of the Lancaster House Undertakings in the Chagos Arbitration Award’, in Allen and Monaghan (eds.), Fifty Years of the British Indian Ocean Territory: Legal Perspectives (Springer, 2018).
- Stephen Allen and Edward Guntrip, ‘The Kosovo Question and Uti Possidetis: The Potential for a Negotiated Settlement’, in J. Summers (ed.) Kosovo: A Precedent? The Declaration of Independence, the Advisory Opinion and Implications for Statehood, Self-Determination and Minority Rights (Brill, 2011) pp.303-342.
- Stephen Allen, ‘The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Limits of the International Legal Project’ in Allen and Xanthaki (eds.), Reflections on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Hart Publishing, 2011) pp. 225-256.
- Stephen Allen, ‘Responsibility and Redress: The Chagossian Claims in the English Courts’, in S. Evers and M. Kooy (eds.), Eviction from the Chagos Islands: Displacement and Struggle for Identity Against Two World Powers (Brill, 2011) pp. 127-152.
- Stephen Allen, ‘The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Towards a Global Legal Order?’ in A. Halpin and V. Roeben (eds.), Theorising the Global Legal Order (Hart Publishing, 2009) pp. 187-207.
- Stephen Allen, ‘Dean v. Lord Advocate and the Non-Refoulement Principle at the Margins’, (2016) 34 Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs 141-179. Brill. (Published November 2017).
- Stephen Allen, ‘Article 297 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Scope of Mandatory Jurisdiction’, (2017) 48(3-4) Ocean Development & International Law 313-330.
- Stephen Allen, ‘The Scope of Third Party Responsibility for Serious Human Rights Abuses under the ECHR: Allegations of Wrongdoing in the British Indian Ocean Territory’ (2016) 16(4) Human Rights Law Review 771-797:
- Stephen Allen, ‘Remembering and Forgetting – Protecting Privacy Rights in the Digital Age’, (2015) 1(3) European Data Protection Review pp.164-177 (Lexxion, Berlin): https://ssrn.com/abstract=2776048.
- Stephen Allen, ‘The Pitcairn Prosecutions and the Rule of Law’, (2012) 75(6) Modern Law Review pp.1150-1174: Wildey & Sons.
Shorter Works & Blog Posts
- Stephen Allen, ‘Introductory Note to R (Bancoult No. 3) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK Supreme Court  UKSC 3’, (2018) 57(4) International Legal Materials 671-673 (CUP).
- Stephen Allen, ‘The Oral Hearings in Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965’, EJIL Talk!, 11 September 2018.
- Stephen Allen, ‘Non-State Actors and Non-Refoulement: The Supreme Court’s Decision in Zain Taj Dean’, EJIL Talk!, 28 July 2017.
Dr Allen is currently supervising a number of PhD students in the field of international law.
Dr Allen is a fully qualified Barrister with experience of legal practice. He maintains a Door Tenant at 5 Essex Court Chambers, Temple, in London.
He was a consultant to the Bancoult legal team on the international legal issues relating to the appeals in R (Bancoult) v. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2007 Court of Appeal and 2008 House of Lords) and the 2012 ECHR Case (Chagos Islanders v UK).
He was an elected Member of the International Law Association’s Committee on Indigenous Rights (2009-2012).
In his capacity as a CEILA Co-Director, Dr Allen has organised a number of workshops and seminars including:
- In 2017/18, a seminar dedicated to a discussion of the CJEU’s decision in the Western Sahara Campaign Case; a workshop on Jurisdiction in International Law which acted as a work in progress workshop in connection with the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Jurisdiction in International Law.
- In 2016/17, a workshop entitled ‘The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination at 50: Achievements and Prospects’; and a book symposium on Orla Lynskey’s, The Foundations of EU Data Protection Law.
- In 2015/16, he organised a workshop on ‘Fifty Years of the British Indian Ocean Territory’ under the auspices of the Centre for Small States at QMUL and he co-convened the CEILA/CLSGC Annual Seminar Series on Jurisdiction and.
Moreover, he recently secured an Award from the Society of Legal Scholars in support of Special Educational Needs Law Initiative. This project examined various ways in which Law Schools can foster legal education in the area of Special Educational Needs (SEN) Law. The Award covered the costs of a SEN Law workshop held on 30 November 2018. This event brought together a number of legal practitioners, charitable organisations, and academics with expertise in SEN Law to consider key issues. Further, in association with QMUL’s Legal Advice Centre, we started a pilot scheme – involving a small groups of student volunteers – to test the viability of providing (supervised) legal advice to the parents/guardians of children/young persons with SEN as part of a prospective SEN Law module.