David Bicknell

DJBicknellI began the MPhil/PhD programme in January 2017 researching the law of armed conflict after being awarded a MA in War Studies by King’s College, London in November 2016. My first degree is a B.Sc (Econ) in International Relations awarded by the London School of Economics in 1982. After gaining my degree, I served in the British Army for 8 years. I qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales having completed the post-graduate academic and professional stages of legal training at the Nottingham Law School in 1992. I practised commercial law as a solicitor specializing in international financing at a leading City law firm in London until 2015.


My research interests are:

  • The law of armed conflict
  • War crimes
  • Human rights in armed conflict
  • The character of war


Research thesis


The Foundations of International Humanitarian Law


My research thesis begins with the contrasting views as to the effective functioning of international humanitarian law (IHL) and seeks to examine the basis on which IHL has worked, or been perceived to work, in the past in order to gain a better understanding of its foundations and whether they are capable of supporting its contemporary structure.


Supervisor: Dr. Rachel Kerr


Second supervisor: Professor Guglielmo Verdirame