Department of Political Science


Dr Nathan Derejko

Nathan Derejko

Dr Nathan Derejko

Teaching Fellow in Human Rights


Dr Nathan Derejko is a Teaching Fellow in Human Rights in the Department of Political Science at UCL. Prior to joining UCL, Nathan was Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre and School of Law, and is currently an Associate Fellow of the Human Rights Centre.   Nathan has guest lectured at the International Institute of International Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy, and the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway, where he was also a Doctoral Research Fellow. Nathan holds a BA in Political Science from Dalhousie University in Canada, an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Ireland Galway, and a PhD in International Law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.
Nathan’s research interests broadly span three fields: international human rights law, the law of armed conflict, and collective security and the use of force. Nathan is particularly interested the application of international human rights law during non-international armed conflict and counter-terrorism operations. Nathan’s current research is focused on the human rights obligations of armed groups and the use of force by international peacekeepers.

Nathan remains actively engaged outside of academia on issues relating to the protection of human rights during armed conflict and has worked with a number of human rights and humanitarian organisations in Canada, Europe, East Africa and the Middle East, including as a Programme Coordinator for the Canadian Red Cross, Project Officer for the Ugandan Red Cross, a Legal Advisor for the Civic Coalition for Jerusalem, and expert member for the Child Soldiers International advisory group in the United Kingdom.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • International Law and Human Rights
  • War and International Law
  • Human Rights and World Politics