Dr Loqman Radpey


His main areas of research lie in all aspects of international law, with current particular emphasis on peoplehood, self-determination, secession, and statehood. Since 2012, he has studied and written extensively on Kurdistan and statehood, self-determination and the Kurds, the use of force in Rojava (Western Kurdistan), the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Rojava’s democratic confederalism, and the legal status of the Kurdish territories in international law. The ‘Social Contract’ (known as the constitution) of Rojava has been another main focus of his research.

Previously, Loqman was a lecturer in Kurdistan, where, between 2008 and 2017, he taught various courses on international law.

Loqman completed the PhD in Law at the University of Edinburgh in early 2022. His thesis, International Law: Kurdistan, Kurds and Self-Determination, offers a Middle Eastern perspective on the right of self-determination. Its distinctive historical innovation is the observation that the Kurds are poised between the ideal of the unitary nation-state and the reality of multinational states. It represents the first comprehensive historico-legal account of the treatment of Kurdish aspirations to an independent Kurdistan (i.e., statehood) within the international law literature on self-determination over time. Under the title 'Towards an Independent Kurdistan: Self-Determination in International Law', a revised version of the study was published in October 2023 by Routledge as a monograph.


  • PhD (Ed) 2022
  • LL.M (Hons) 2014
  • MA (Hons) 2008
  • BA (1st Class) 2005

Undergraduate teaching

  • Public International Law
  • International Organisations
  • International Law of Armed Conflict
  • International Law of the Sea
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Principles and Theories of Research
  • International Law Ordinary (1 & 2)

Postgraduate teaching

International Law in Global Affairs

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Past PhD students supervised

Law Research Projects (undergraduate)

Research summary

  • Public International Law
  • Human Rights
  • Self-Determination

Current research interests

Public International Law and Human Rights

Past research interests

Translation Studies and English Literature

Project activity

  • RA on the Referendums, Secession and Self-determination
  • RA on the Effect of Covid-19 on the International Support for Peacebuilding and Conflict Management

Conference details

14th Annual International Conference on International Studies


Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), 13-16 June 2016, Athens, Greece


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Op-Ed Articles (Popular Press)