The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) provides informed,independent and practical legal ideas for a global community. Its high quality and respectedwork involves analysis and debate about contemporary issues on every continent, from itsbase in the heart of London’s energetic and multicultural legal network. BIICL conductsresearch around the world across the broad range of public international law, privateinternational law, comparative law and the rule of law. It also organises an exciting anddiverse programme of events throughout the year.
BIICL has been making an influential impact since its foundation in 1958, and it can trace itshistory even further back to 1894. It is one of the very few independent legal bodies of its typein the world, as it is unaffiliated to any university, is a charity/not-for-profit organisation andis nonpartisan. BIICL receives no substantial on-going core funding from any government orprivate body and welcomes both members and non-members.
BIICL includes within it the innovative Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, which has aparticular focus on the many rule of law issues world-wide.

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Kristin Hausler
Kristin Hausler

Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Fellow in Public International Law, is the Principal Investigator for the UK Team. Since joining BIICL in 2007, she has developed and led several projects advising governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations on international law matters. Her expertise lies primarily in international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, as well as cultural heritage law. She regularly lectures on human rights and cultural heritage matters and is a member of the Cultural Heritage Committee of the International Law Association.

Kristin holds a Bachelor and Master of Law from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), where she wrote on the use of force, and an LL.M. from the University of British Columbia (Canada), where her thesis was on the resolution of cultural heritage disputes. She has a background in the cultural sector, having worked in museums and studied modern and contemporary art at Christie’s in New York. Before joining the Institute, she worked for several years at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver on the ‘Journey Home’, a field project developed with Indigenous peoples, which focused on the return of Ancestral remains to their native communities.


Select Publications:

  • ‘Collective Cultural Rights within the Inter-American Human Rights System’, in A Jakubowski (ed), Collective Cultural Rights (Brill Nijhoff 2016)
  • ‘Culture under Attack – The Destruction of Cultural Heritage by non-State Armed Groups’ (Santander Art and Culture Law Review, December 2015)
  • ‘The Protection of Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict’, in S Casey-Maslen (ed), War Report 2013 (OUP 2014)
  • ‘Import and Export of Cultural Material in the United Kingdom’, with K Chamberlain, in J Nafziger et al, Handbook on the Law of Cultural Heritage and International Trade (Edward Elgar 2014).

Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott

Richard Scott
Richard Scott

Richard joined BIICL as a Research Fellow on the HEURIGHT project in December 2015. Richard read law and economics at the School of Law and Philosophy, University of Stirling, earning his B.A. Hons. in 2012. He also holds an LL.M. in public international law from the School of Law at the University of Glasgow. He has previously worked at the law firm Volterra Fietta and The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. He is currently also working with the International Bar Association