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Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Sir Christopher John GreenwoodThe Squire Library and the Faculty of Law are pleased to announce that an entry for Sir Christopher John Greenwood GBE, CMG, QC, Emeritus Professor of Law LSE, former Judge at the International Court of Justice, has been added to the Eminent Scholars Archive.

Sir Christopher was interviewed at his home in Girton and at the Master’s Lodge Magdalene College on 16th and 23rd November 2021, and 1st February 2022. In addition to transcripts of the audio records, readers will find a photographic gallery.

Sir Christopher was born in Wellingborough in 1955, and grew up in Singapore to where his parents moved in 1961, and then Wellingborough (from 1965), attending Wellingborough School. He read law at Magdalene College, where he obtained his LLB (1973-77).

He was called to the Bar in 1978, but instead of going into practice Christopher Greenwood accepted a CTO at Magdalene (1978-81), and then university lectureships, which he retained for the next 15 years (1981-96). During this time, he established an international reputation in the laws of war and armed conflict. He was appointed Professor of International Law at LSE in 1996 and stayed in this role for 13 years, while he expanded his repertoire in teaching and research in various fields of international law. He also spent much time in judicial work both in international and domestic courts. He was elected to the bench of the International Court of Justice in 2009, where he stayed until 2018. In 2020 Sir Christopher was appointed Master of Magdalene College.

In the interviews, Sir Christopher gives his views on the application of the laws of war and armed conflict to some of the varied military trouble spots that have developed during his career, as well as his general views of international law and what concepts underpin its foundations.

The Eminent Scholars Archive is available to listen, or subscribe to, via the University Streaming Media Service, iTunes and most other podcast platforms.