Paul Dale

Paul Dale

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher
Visiting lecturer

Contact details


  • LLM ‘International Law: Crime, Justice and Human Rights’ (Distinction) (Bham)
  • LLB (QLD) (Hons) (Lond)


I am a second year PhD researcher, having won one of two highly competitive Birmingham Law School scholarships for my thesis in international legal theory. My research intersects across my main areas of interest, being public international law and jurisprudence.

I gained the LLM (with Distinction) at the University of Birmingham in ‘International Law: Crime, Justice and Human Rights’. I gained my LLB with the University of London’s external program. I currently lecture in Jurisprudence at Aston University and previously taught criminal law in a visiting lecturer capacity at the University of Birmingham. Additionally, I hold associate LLB lectureships with The Open University and Jersey Institute of Law. I have previous experience in further education, teaching law at a Birmingham city centre college. 


  • Criminal law

Doctoral research

PhD title
Can John Austin’s theory of law, as properly understood, explain international law?
Professor Sean Coyle and Dr Alexander Orakhelashvili
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


Without a ruling sovereign, international law is accused by some of not being able to properly call itself law, charged with suffering from an ‘Austinian handicap’.  Alternative models of international law have been adopted. Many argue that international law cannot truly be called be law under John Austin’s model. My research challenges this perception. I argue that the power structures laid down by the allied nations of WWII, manifested by the veto on the UN Security Council acting with sovereign like power, are suitably adapted to the Austinian theory of law.

Source of Funding: Birmingham Law School Scholarship

Other activities

Pro bono work has included international human rights lobbying with the Law Society, offender rehabilitation at HMP Oakwood, Wolverhampton, youth mentoring with King Edward School, Aston and University of London academic governance roles.