UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Kimberley Trapp

Prof Kimberley Trapp

Professor of Public International Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2012

Research summary

Kimberley's research interests cover a range of subject matters in Public International Law, including:

  • state responsibility;
  • the use of force in international relations;
  • international humanitarian law;
  • international terrorism;
  • the judicial settlement of disputes

Teaching summary


2019 - Excellence Award for Legal Teaching, LLM, Faculty of Laws, UCL
2018 - UCL Provost's Education Award, with the PIL Pro Bono Project

2016 - Excellence Award for Legal Teaching, LLM, Faculty of Laws, UCL
2014 - Excellence Award for Legal Teaching, LLM, Faculty of Laws, UCL

Current Graduate Teaching

Foundations and Principles of International Law (Co-convenor)

PhD Supervision

Kimberley welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students.  She supervised Dr Chris O'Meara, a Law Fellow at LSE, and is currently first suprvisor for Luis Montaya Viveros (IHRL), and Edmund Robinson (IHL) and is second supervisor for Gaiane Nuridzhanian and Priya Urs (both international criminal law) and Daniella Lock (human rights and national security). 


Kimberley Trapp is Vice Dean (International), and Professor of Public International Law at the Faculty of Laws, UCL. Prior to joining UCL in 2012, she was a Lecturer at Newnham College and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge. Kimberley obtained a BA (philosophy), BCL and LLB (all with great distinction) from McGill University before working for several years as an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell (NY, Hong Kong).  Following these years in the corporate wilderness, Kimberley returned to academia, completing her LL.M and PhD at the University of Cambridge. During her doctoral studies, Kimberley clerked for Vice-President Al-Khasawneh and Judge Simma at the International Court of Justice. Kimberley's doctoral thesis was awarded the Cambridge Yorke Prize for a dissertation of distinction, and is the basis of her OUP monograph State Responsibility for International Terrorism (2011) and UN Audio Visual Library lecture on the same subject.

Kimberley collaborates as an academic advisor on issues of international humanitarian and human rights law with various NGOs and Government departments, has published in leading academic journals and edited collections on issues relating to the use of force, State responsibility, the interaction between international humanitarian law and terrorism suppression, and the settlement of international disputes, and has presented related scholarship at various forums, including the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Council on International Law, American Society of International Law and Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law.  Kimberley directed research at the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations of the Hague Academy of International Law in 2012. She is co-editor of the soon to be launched OUP 'Elements of International Law' book series, a member of the Academic Review Board of the Cambridge International Law Journal, Board of Editors of the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law and serves on the Advisory Board of the McGill Journal of International Law & Legal Pluralism.