Staff Contact Information

The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Faculty of Law
P.O. BOX 4 (visiting address: Yliopistonkatu 3)
Tel: +358 (0)29 4123140


University Lecturer in International Law

ROTEM GILADI, S.J.D (University of Michigan)
Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Faculty of Law
P.O. Box 4, Yliopistonkatu 3
FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 (0)2941 23141

Research Interests
Rotem Giladi is a Lecturer in International Law and researcher at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights. His research focuses on the history of international law, with a particular focus on the history, culture and ideology of the laws of war (international humanitarian law), human rights, international courts and other institutions. In addition, he is working on the political and ideological aspects of Jewish engagement with international law in the 19th and 20th Centuries.


  • The Transformation of Sefton Rowson (Shabtai Rosenne): in The Law of Strangers: Critical Perspectives on Jewish Lawyering and International Legal Thought, (James Loeffler & Moria Paz eds – CUP, forthcoming)
  • Not Our Salvation: Israel, the Genocide Convention, and the World Court 1950- 1951, 26(3) Diplomacy & Statecraft (2015) (DOI: 10.1080/09592296.2015.1067525)
  • The Role of the ICRC, in A. Clapham, M. Sassoli & P. Gaeta (eds), The Geneva Conventions in Context – A Commentary (with Steven R. Ratner, OUP, forthcoming 2015)
  • The Enactment of Irony: Reflections on the Origins of the Martens Clause, 25(3) European J. Int’l L. 847 (2014)
  • A ‘Historical Commitment’? Identity and Ideology in Israel’s Attitude to the Refugee Convention 1951–4, The International History Review (2014)
  • The Utility and Limits of Legal Mandate: Humanitarian Assistance, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Mandate Ambiguity, in Humanitarian Action: Global, Regional and Domestic Legal Responses 81 (A. Zwitter, C. K. Lamont, H.-J. Heintze, & J. Herman eds, CUP, 2014) 
  • International Court of Justice – in Y. Shany (ed.), Assessing the Effectiveness of International Courts 161 (with Y. Shany, OUP, 2014)
  • A Different Sense of Humanity: Occupation in Francis Lieber’s Code 94 (885) Int’l Rev. Red Cross 81 (2012)  
  • Francis Lieber on Public War 4(2) Goettingen J. Int’l L. 447 (2012) 
  • Reflections on Proportionality, Military Necessity, and the Clausewitzian War 45(2) Israel L. Rev. 323 (2012)
  • Out of Context: ‘Undercover’ Operations and IHL Advocacy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories 14 (3) J. Conflict & Sec. L. 393 (2010) 
  • The Jus Ad Bellum/Jus In Bello Distinction and the Law of Occupation, 41 Israel L. Rev. 246 (2008)
  • The Role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in a Future Permanent Status Settlement in Jerusalem: Legal, Political and Practical Aspects, in: Jerusalem: A City and its Future, (O. Ahimeir & M. Breger eds., Syracuse University Press, 2002) (with Amb. R. Merhav)

Work in Progress

  • Rites of Affirmation: Progress and Immanence in International Humanitarian Law Historiography
  • Towards a Corporate History of the Law of War: A Grotian Challenge
  • Founding Myths of International Humanitarian Law: The Hegemonic, the Counter-Hegemonic, and the Untold 
  • Race, Civilization, and Humanity: Amnesia in International Humanitarian Law
  • A Culture of Ambiguity: The Making of the ICRC Conventional Assistance Mandate, 1946-1960
  • ‘Lest We Appear to the Jewish Public as Opponents of the Covenant’: Israel, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Representation of the Jewish People
  • Encounter with Africa: Negotiating Israel’s Identity in the UN 1949-1955
  • Identity, Ideology, and Rights: Early Israeli Diplomacy (book)
  • “With an Eye to the Past”, But a Sign of the Present: The Jewish Yearbook of International Law, 1948/1949