Short Bio – Stephen Samuel

Currently, I’m completing my doctoral thesis at the School of Law, University of Reading. My project explores the ‘sense of responsibility’ often linked to the work of ‘international lawyers’. Along with my doctoral work, I regularly tutor in both the LLB and LLM programmes.IMG_0002

Generally, my research interests focus on the extent to which international legal theory supports international legal practice. I am particularly interested in the various ‘universal’ characterisations of law, the role such characterisations play in the practice of international law, in the ways international lawyers think about their profession, and, how one reflects upon the relevance of international lawyers in political and moral debates. As such, I am interested in many contemporary debates concerning ethics and their relations to international law.

I am very much a ‘child of the commonwealth’. A Singaporean, born and bred, I have also been fortunate to maintain links with my ‘Indian roots’ and can even call a small place in the Western Ghats of Kerala as ‘home’. Prior to coming to the UK in 2008 for the LLM in International Law and World Order programme, I was lucky to also have called Australia ‘home’, where I completed my LLB at the University of Melbourne. Meeting my future partner in Melbourne marked a turning point and my move to Europe. Most certainly, her ‘Finnish roots’ have also been a huge positive influence in recent years.