Faculty Profiles

Ralph Wilde

Ralph Wilde

Visiting Professor
BSc (Econ.) International Relations, London School of Economics, University of London, 1995
LL.M. Cambridge University, 1999
Ph.D. Cambridge University, 2003

Ralph Wilde will teach Human Rights Law Beyond Borders at UCLA School of Law. He is currently a member of the Faculty of Laws at University College London. He is an expert in public international law, and also has an interest in the interface between international law and related academic disciplines, including international relations and legal and political theory.

Wilde’s research has included work on the administration of territory by international organizations and the concept of trusteeship in international law and public policy. His monograph on this topic, “International Territorial Administration: How Trusteeship and the Civilizing Mission Never Went Away” (OUP, 2008), won the Certificate of Merit (book prize) of the American Society of International Law in 2009. He is currently continuing his work on the extraterritorial application of human rights law.

For his research Ralph has been awarded grants from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation and the European Research Council, and a Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. In 2010, the Leverhulme Trust awarded him a Philip Leverhulme Prize, which is given to UK-based academics under 40 who are judged to be ‘outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognized contribution to their particular field of study, recognized at an international level’.

Ralph is a Senior Research Associate at the Refugee Law Initiative of the Human Rights Consortium of the University of London School of Advanced Studies, and a member of the UCL Migration Research Unit, the UCL Refuge in a Moving World Network, the Advisory Panel on Public International Law of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law.

Ralph previously served as Academic Secretary of the British Branch of the International Law Association (ILA), and as one of the two UK representatives on the international ILA Executive Council, from 2004-2011. He was also Rapporteur of the ILA Study Group on UN Reform, and Co-Rapporteur of the ILA Committee on Human Rights. He was formerly a Trustee and member of the Board of Directors of the AIRE (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) Centre in London, and a member of the Advisory Board of the UCL Centre for International Courts and Tribunals, the Steering Committee of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, the UK Lawyers’ Committee of Peace Brigades International, the governing boards of the LSE and the University of London, the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, the Executive Board of the European Society of International Law, the executive Committee of the UK Human Rights Lawyers’ Association, the Advisory Committee of International Lawyers for Africa, the Peer Review Council of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Advisory Board of the ‘Legal Tools For Peace-Making’ Project at Cambridge University.

Ralph is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law and the London Review of International Law. He was previously joint book review editor of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, a member of the editorial boards of the Yale Journal of International Law and the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, and a member of the editorial advisory boards of Current Legal Problems, the International Journal of Statebuilding and the journal Global Change, Peace & Security.

Wilde earned his B.Sc. from University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science. He received his diploma in law from City University, London and his diploma in European Human Rights Law cum laude from European University Institute in Florence. He earned his LL.M. and his Ph.D. in Law from Cambridge University.

More information, including a list of publications and resume, here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/people/dr-ralph-wilde