Professor Phoebe Okowa

Queen Mary, University of London

Aiding and assisting – the parameters of state responsibility (afternoon panels session, day 2)

Phoebe Okowa is Professor of Public International Law at Queen Mary, University of London. Educated at the University of Nairobi and Oxford, she previously taught at the University of Bristol and has held visiting appointments at the University of Lille and Stockholm. In 2011 and 2015 she was Global Visiting Professor at New York University, School of Law. In 2017, she was nominated by the Government of Kenya to the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Professor Okowa has written on a wide range of contemporary international law topics including the interface between state responsibility and individual accountability for international crimes, unilateral and collective responses to protection of natural resources in conflict zones and aspects of the protection of the environment. Her current research explores the systemic problems of accountability in conflict zones. It focuses on those conflicts where coherent and well-organized insurgencies present a credible challenge to governmental power and the state-centric structures of authority in international law.