Dr Joanna Dingwall

University of Glasgow


Joanna Dingwall is a public international lawyer, qualified to practice law in New York, Scotland, England and Wales. Since 2015, Joanna has lectured at the Law School as a Visiting Lecturer in International Law. Previously, she taught international law at the postgraduate Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London for several years.

Joanna holds an LL.B. (first class honours) from the University of Glasgow and an LL.M. (International Legal Studies) from New York University Law School, where she was a Saint Andrew’s Society scholar and recipient of the Rankin-Stone Award. In 2019, Joanna completed her PhD on public international law/law of the sea at the University of Glasgow, sponsored by a College of Social Science Scholarship.

In addition to her academic career, Joanna is also an experienced practitioner of international law, law of the sea and international dispute resolution. Throughout her legal practice to date, Joanna has advised and represented States, international organisations and private entities on an extensive range of public international law matters. Currently, Joanna is a lawyer to the Scottish Government, advising the Scottish Ministers and Marine Scotland on issues of public international law, law of the sea, European law and domestic law concerning all aspects of Scotland’s offshore renewable energy industry, maritime zones/boundaries and in relation to legal protection of the marine environment.

Previously, Joanna was a senior associate at Volterra Fietta, the world’s first dedicated public international law firm, which has been consistently ranked in the top tier for public international law by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. Before joining VF, Joanna was an associate in leading global law firm, Latham & Watkins, where she was a member of the highly-rated Public International Law and International Dispute Resolution Practice Groups. Joanna has also worked in the Offices of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court, both situated in The Hague.