Professor Alan Boyle
Professor Alan Boyle is a specialist in public international law, especially law of the sea, international environmental law, and international litigation. He has been professor of Public International Law at the University of Edinburgh since 1995 but will retire in 2017. He has taught international law, law of the sea, international environmental law, international investment law, and administrative law.
Professor Alan Boyle practises international law from Essex Court Chambers in London. He has worked as a consultant for the UN, the EU, and OECD, and has advised various governments and NGOs and is now accepting arbitral appointments.
Professor Boyle has appeared as counsel before the ICJ, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and arbitral tribunals. He has been counsel in seven cases brought under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and he is one of the leading practitioners in that field. He has also been counsel in some of the leading cases on international environmental law.
His litigation experience includes the following cases:
- Waters of the Silala Case (Chile v Bolivia), International Court of Justice. Counsel for Chile.
- Maritime Boundary Case (Somalia v Kenya), International Court of Justice, 2016 (jurisdiction). Counsel for Kenya.
- South China Sea Case (Philippines v China), Permanent Court of Arbitration, 2015 (jurisdiction and merits). Counsel for the Philippines
- British Indian Ocean Territory Case (Mauritius v United Kingdom), Permanent Court of Arbitration, 2011 (arbitral challenge) & 2014 (jurisdiction and merits). Counsel for the UK
- Maritime Boundary Case (Bangladesh v India), Permanent Court of Arbitration, 2013. Counsel for Bangladesh
- Whaling Case (Australia v Japan), International Court of Justice, 2013. Counsel for Japan.
- Aerial Spraying Case (Ecuador v Colombia), International Court of Justice, 2013. Counsel for Ecuador
- Bay of Bengal Case (Bangladesh v Myanmar), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, 2011. Counsel for Bangladesh.
- Pulp Mills Case (Argentina v Uruguay), Merits, International Court of Justice, 2009. Counsel for Uruguay
- YEPC v Yemen, International Chamber of Commerce, 2007. Advice on counterclaim for environmental damage under an investment treaty
- Pulp Mills Case, Interim Measures No 1 (Argentina v Uruguay) and No 2 (Uruguay v Argentina), International Court of Justice 2006. Counsel for Uruguay
- MOX Plant Arbitration (Ireland v United Kingdom), Permanent Court of Arbitration, 2002. Counsel for the UK
- Swordfish Case (Chile v European Union), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, 2000. Counsel for the EU
Inter alia Professor Boyle has served as Head of Department, Director of Postgraduate Programmes, and Director of the Scottish Centre for International Law. He is currently Convener of the University Student Discipline Committee, which he has chaired for the past ten years.
International Law and the Environment (with P.W.Birnie & C.Redgwell) (OUP, 3rd edn 2009); The Making of International Law (with C.Chinkin) (OUP, 2007); Environmental Damage in International and Comparative Law (co-ed with M.Bowman) (OUP, 2002); Human Rights and Scots Law (co-ed) (Hart, 2002); International Law and Sustainable Development (co-ed. with D.Freestone) (OUP, 1999); The International Law Commission and the Future of International Law (co-ed. with V.Lowe & ors)(BIICL,1998); Human Rights Approaches to Environmental Protection (co-ed. with M.Anderson) (OUP,1996); Basic Documents on International Law and the Environment (with P.W.Birnie) (OUP,1995); Environmental Regulation and Economic Growth (ed.) (OUP,1994); and various articles in Am.J.Int.L; Brit.Yb.Int.L; Eur.J.Int.L; Int.&Comp.LQ; Int.J.Mar.&Coastal L; J.Env.L; Yb.Int.Env.L; Public Law; Max Planck Ency.Int.L. and elsewhere.
General Editor, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 1998-2006. Editorial Boards: Journal of Environmental Law; International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law; British Yearbook of International Law; German Yearbook of International Law.
M.A. (Jurisprudence) & B.C.L. (Oxon) 1975/6; LL.D (Edinburgh) 2005
English (mother tongue), French (reading).