Jonathan Black-Branch

Jonathan Black-Branch
Dean

Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Canada, R3T 2N2
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Research Areas
  • Private Enterprise and the Law
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Legal Education

Biography

Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch was appointed Dean of Law in July 2016. Dr. Black-Branch has worked in a variety of countries including the United Kingdom, Denmark and Switzerland. He has held academic leadership roles including most recently, Chair in International Law and Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Management, Economics and Law at Royal Holloway, University of London; and had been Head of the School of Law and Director of Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Business at the University of Bedfordshire; Dean and Head of School, ATV Business in Copenhagen, Denmark as well as Senior Law Fellow and Director of Law at Grey Friars Hall at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Black-Branch is a Barrister who is actively engaged in the legal profession, both as a lawyer and a Justice of the Peace serving as a Magistrate in Oxford. He serves as Chairman of the International Law Association Committee on Nuclear Weapons, Non-proliferation and Contemporary International Law and has convened five Round Table Forums and research conferences on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law and is founding President of The International Society of Law and Nuclear Diplomacy and Disarmament, and as the British representative to the International Law Association’s Arms Control and Disarmament Law Committee. He is the co-editor of the refereed journal series on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law published by Asser Press.

Prior to commencing his academic law career, Dr. Black-Branch was trained as an educator. Dr. Black-Branch received his PhD from the University of Toronto as well as an MA and doctorate in Law (D.Phil.) from the University of Oxford. He is a fellow of the British Higher Education Academy and has completed a postgraduate diploma in teaching and learning in Higher Education at the University of Oxford and is a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal recipient for his “worth and devoted services to the community”.

Selected Publications

Books

Jonathan Black-Branch and Dieter Fleck (Eds), Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law, Vol III: Legal Aspects of the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes  (Springer/TM Asser Press) 2016.

Jonathan Black-Branch and Dieter Fleck (Eds), Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law, Vol II: Verification and Compliance  (Springer/TM Asser Press) 2015.

Jonathan Black-Branch and Dieter Fleck (Eds), Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law, Vol I with Preface by Mohamed El Baradei (Springer/TM Asser Press) 2014.

Chapters in Volumes

Black-Branch J. Due Diligence as a Legal Imperative to Ensure Security and Safety of Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy as well as Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Obligations, in Black-Branch and Fleck (Eds),Nuclear Non-Proliferation and International Law, Vol III, Springer/Asser Press, 2016.

Black-Branch J. and Fleck D. Legal Aspects of the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes: A Comprehensive Synopsis of Outstanding Issues, in Black-Branch and Fleck (Eds),Nuclear Non-Proliferation and International Law, Vol II, Springer/Asser Press, 2016.

Black-Branch J. Countermeasures to Ensure Compliance with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Obligations, in Black-Branch and Fleck (Eds),Nuclear Non-Proliferation and International Law, Vol II, Springer/Asser Press, 2015.

Black-Branch J. and Fleck D. Verification of and Compliance with International Nuclear Obligations: A Comprehensive Synopsis of Outstanding Issues, in Black-Branch and Fleck (Eds),Nuclear Non-Proliferation and International Law, Vol II, Springer/Asser Press, 2015.

Black-Branch J. and Fleck D. Nuclear Weapons, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament: A Comprehensive Audit of Relevant Legal Issues and International Concerns, in Black-Branch and Fleck (Eds),Nuclear Non-Proliferation and International Law, Vol I, Springer/Asser Press, 2014.

Black-Branch J. (in press) The Effectiveness of UN Sanctions in the Case of North Korea Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in International Law, Caracciolo I and Pedrazzi M (Eds)Nuclear Disarmament and Non Proliferation: Strengthening Treaty Obligations, IAEA Safeguards and Measures Countering Nuclear Terrorism, Eleven International Publishing, 2015.

Nuclear Weapons: Round Table Reports

Report on the Third Round Table on Legal Challenges in Ensuring Nuclear Non-Proliferation (2014).

Report on the Third Round Table on Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Energy and Non-Proliferation under International Law: Current Challenges and Evolving Norms (2013).

Report on the Second Round Table on Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Energy and Non-Proliferation under International Law (2012).

Report on the First Round Table on The Scope and Meaning of the Right to Civilian Nuclear Energy Capability in Article IV of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (2010).

International Law Association: Nuclear Weapons, Non-Proliferation & Contemporary International Law Reports

Draft Fourth Report:  Legal Aspects of the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purpose. Fordiscussion and further development over the next year and to be presented at the ILA Conference in Sydney, Australia in August 2018 and to be published in the 78thBiennial Report of the International Law Association.  (2017)

Third Report: Legal Issues of Verification of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Commitments. Finalized in October 205 and distributed to ILA Members and interested parties and presented for discussion and further development at the ILA Conference in Johannesburg South Africa in August 2016 and published in the 77thBiennial Report of the International Law Association. (2016)

Legal Aspects of Nuclear Disarmament. Published in the 76thBiennial Report of theInternational Law Association. (2014)

International Commercial Arbitration

Editor (with Peter Münch and Nicole Conrad). International Commercial Arbitration: Standard Clauses and Forms – Commentary. 913 pages (Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel, Switzerland), (2013).

“International and Comparative Arbitration.” Chapter in International Commercial Arbitration: Standard Clauses and Forms – Commentary. Eds. Jonathan Black-Branch, Peter Münch and Nicole Conrad(Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel, Switzerland), (2013).

“Arbitration in England & Wales.” Chapter in International Commercial Arbitration: Standard Clauses and Forms – Commentary. Eds. Jonathan Black-Branch, Peter Münch and Nicole Conrad(Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel, Switzerland), (2013).

Banking Law Editor

The Euro:  Law and Banking.  Practitioners Loose-Leaf Binding. Lloyd’s of London Publishing (LLP), London, 800 plus pages.

First Up-date to the Series (adding 100 pages of text analysing the evolution of banking services and investment services within the European Community.

Second Up-date to the Series (up-dating European Community Legislation, Commission Decisions and Directives).

Third Up-date to the Series (up-dating Community Laws, Commission Decisions and Directives).

Refereed Publications

Chapter in Legislating Statutory Interpretation: Comparative Perspectives from the Common Law World, by Neudrof, Lorne, Rankin, Micah and Hunt, Chris Hunt, Carswell (Thomson Reuters). (In progress)

Forward in Canadian Journal of Human Rights(Manitoba) (2016).

“The legal status of Cluster Munitions under international
humanitarian law: indiscriminate weapons of war.” Journal of
International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict(Humanitäres Völkerrecht
– Informationsschriften ) Volume 22, 4/2009, at page 186. (2009).

“Powers of Detention of Suspected International Terrorists Under the United Kingdom Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001:  Dismantling The Cornerstones of a Civil Society.”  European Law Review (Human Rights Survey), Volume 27, Number 1, pp. 1-31. (2003).

“Parliamentary Supremacy or Political Expediency?  The Constitutional Position of the Human Rights Act under British Law.” Statute Law Review, Volume 23, Number 1, pp. 59-81. (2002).

Being over Nothingness: The Right to Life under the Human Rights Act. European Law Review (Human Rights Survey),  Volume 26, Number 1, pp. 22-41. (2001).

The Use of Children in War: The International Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflicts.  Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights, Volume 4, pp. 185-206. (2001).

The Derogation of Rights under the UK Human Rights Act:  Diminishing International Standards?.  Statute Law Review.  Volume 22, Number 1, pp. 71-81.(2001).

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Law Society – Benchers (Governing Body)
  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • Founder and Executive Director of the International Society of Law and Nuclear Diplomacy and Disarmament (ISLAND)
  • Founder & Chair of Committee on Nuclear Weapons, Non-Proliferation and Contemporary International Law, International Law Association
  • Principal Investigator on the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association’s Audit of the Independence of the Judiciary from all 53 Commonwealth countries and 14 Overseas Territories, as per the Brighton Declaration
  • Member of five-person Steering Committee for the European Commission’s Project “Human Rights and Democratisation in Iran.”
  • Democratic Participation and Human Rights, Council of Europe, Strasbourg

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