George (‘GB’) Revel (@revellaw) is a legal academic, currently engaged in independent research and lecturing in higher education in the United Kingdom. His professional background outside of law includes security and investigations, film production and television direction.
Originally born in Canada, George moved to England in 2008 for law school at the University of Leicester. His final year thesis, “Legitimacy, Transparency and Fairness: Prosecuting Terrorism and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon“, focused on constituent, procedural and confidence elements of the STL in relation to international due process standards and criminal tribunals.
Following law school, he undertook postgraduate studies in Public International Law, reading diplomatic law, international criminal law, the United Nations, comparative & international human rights, armed conflict/humanitarian law, and the relationship between religious rights and the law. Throughout the Masters LL.M, George undertook research into the then-ongoing 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum in relation to international & comparative law, particularly drawing upon the similar Québec independence experiences. This dissertation, “Scotland/UK Secession: International Legal Considerations“, served to inspire further research into secession movements in democratic ‘just’ states.
When not teaching international law or lecturing on war crimes law, George has been engaged in public outreach regarding the legal and political issues surrounding the Scottish independence referendum. This effort utilised social media and new communication technologies to bring together members of the public and academics to allow for knowledge transfer and neutral information access for the Scottish voting franchise. He has also attended a number of conferences discussing the various aspects of devolution, constitutional change and possibilities under independence.
Following the Scottish referendum on 18 September 2014, wherein voters opted to remain part of the United Kingdom, the creation of the Smith Commission to make recommendations for further devolution provided the opportunity to continue George’s engagement with Scotland’s future. On 31 October, amongst the other 14,000 submissions, he put forward a systematic analysis of the position of the Smith Commission in relation to further devolution in Scotland, and for the rest of the United Kingdom as a whole. (“Expectation and Limits on Further Devolution of Parliamentary Powers to Scotland“)
Other areas of professional interest and research for George include:
- Counter-Terrorism and Security Studies;
- CyberWarfare and CyberSecurity;
- The Law of Armed Conflict;
- The European Union and the United Kingdom;
- The Rule of Law;
- Diplomatic Law;
- Due Process, Criminal Justice & the Media; and
- Legal philosophy and jurisprudence
Currently, George is preparing to commence his PhD in International Law, starting in Autumn 2017. The subject matter of this doctoral research will be focused on self-determination and its effects on statehood and its consequential rights, duties and obligations under international law – in essence: Are the legal restrictions on self-determination still valid in a post-decolonisation era of modern international law?
George currently resides in Greenwich, London, and frequently travels to Scotland to visit family and friends, and lectures externally at the University of Edinburgh.