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Lia Brazil

Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Researcher

Lia Brazil is a historian of international law and humanitarianism, with particular interest in imperial history, warfare, the history of medical relief, humanitarian intervention, and emergency legislation.

She completed her PhD entitled, "International Law and the Rule of Law in the British Empire, 1899 - 1921" at the European University Institute, Florence in 2021. This project focused on the Second South African War (1899 - 1902) and the Irish struggle for independence (1916 - 1923). She previously studied at Trinity College Dublin (BA), University College Dublin (MA), and has lived and studied in Berlin, London and New York.

As a postdoctoral research fellow at Nuffield College, she is working on the AHRC-funded project, International NGOs and the Long Humanitarian Century: Legacy, Legitimacy and Leading into the Future alongside Prof. Andrew Thompson and Prof. Mike Aaronson from 2021 to 2024.

Lia Brazil


“British War Office Manuals and International Law, 1899 - 1907” in Edward Cavanagh (ed.), The Origins of International Legal Thought, (Brill, 2020), pp. 548 – 577