International dispute settlement, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, the law of international organisations, and the immunities of States, their officials and international organisations.
Dr Webb is currently working on research projects related to the legal practice of the United Nations, the law of State immunity, and the right to a fair trial in international law.
The Law of State Immunity (3rd Revised and Updated Paperback Edition, OUP 2015) (with Lady Hazel Fox CMG QC)
International Judicial Integration and Fragmentation (OUP 2013, Paperback 2016)
The Genocide Convention: The Travaux Préparatoires (Martinus Nijhoff 2008) (with Hirad Abtahi)
The Immunity of States, Diplomats and International Organizations in Employment Disputes: The New Human Rights Dilemma? (2016) 27(3) European Journal of International Law
Dr Philippa Webb is Reader (Associate Professor) in Public International Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London. She joined the Law School in 2012 after a decade in international legal practice. She has held visiting professor positions at Leiden University, Université Paris X Nanterre, ESADE Law School and Pepperdine University’s London programme.
Dr Webb holds a doctorate (JSD) and an LLM from Yale Law School. She obtained the University Medal in her LLB and the University Medal and First Class Honours in her BA (Asian Studies), both of which were awarded by the University of New South Wales in Australia.
Dr Webb has extensive experience in international courts and tribunals. She served as the Special Assistant and Legal Officer to Judge Rosalyn Higgins during her Presidency of the International Court of Justice (2006-2009) and, prior to that, as the Judicial Clerk to Judges Higgins and Owada (2004-2005). She was the Associate Legal Adviser to Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo at the International Criminal Court (2005-2006).
She is on the International Advisory Panel for the American Law Institute’s project Restatement Fourth, Foreign Relations Law of the United States. Dr Webb has worked at the UN Secretariat in New York and in the Sydney and Tokyo offices of an international law firm. In addition to her academic role, she acts as counsel in inter-State disputes before the International Court of Justice and ad hoc arbitral tribunals.