George Revel (@revellaw) is a PhD Candidate in International Law. His current research examines the evolution of the international collective right of self-determination and secession from peaceful, democratic states. He lectures on War Crimes at the University of Edinburgh, and teaches international law at the University of Leicester.
Originally from Canada, George relocated to the UK in 2008 to study law. His first-class undergraduate thesis, “Legitimacy, Transparency and Fairness: Prosecuting Terrorism and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon“, focused on constituent, procedural, and confidence elements of the Court in relation to international due process standards.
George 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 the State, Law, and Religion. His Masters research thesis examined the then-ongoing 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, titled “Scotland/UK Secession: International Legal Considerations“, for which George received a Distinction. He would follow up with a submission to the Smith Commission on Scotland’s Devolution, “Expectation and Limits on Further Devolution of Parliamentary Powers to Scotland“.
Other areas of professional interest and research for George include:
- Security Studies (Counter-terrorism, cyber warfare, & cybersecurity)
- The European Union and the United Kingdom; and
- The Rule of Law & Democratic States.
George is engaged in public outreach offering insight from the perspective of an international lawyer.
Currently residing in London, he frequently travels to Scotland visiting family and friends. Prior to the law, George was professionally involved in private risk protection and investigations, as well as TV & Film media production.