Prof Gaetano Pentassuglia

School of Law

Dr Pentassuglia is one of the new research-focused Chairs at Liverpool John Moores University School of Law, where he is a Full Professor of International Law. Prior to joining LJMU, he taught for nearly sixteen years at the University of Liverpool and, before that, for several years at the University of Munich. He teaches international law and human rights.

An international lawyer by education, Professor Pentassuglia is best known globally for his work on group accommodation, minority protection and self-determination in international law. His book Minorities in International Law, 2002 rapidly became (and is still today) a classic title in the field. Professor Pentassuglia has authored approximately fifty publications, including four monographs, four edited collections, one multi-authored guide and several articles in prestigious legal journals. His latest volume includes a major collection of essays on Ethno-Cultural Diversity and Human Rights: Challenges and Critiques, published by Martinus Nijhoff in 2018.

Professor Pentassuglia has been a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, University of Palermo, Academy of European Law, EUI, and University of Deusto, among other institutions. Professor Pentassuglia has been the recipient of various research awards over the course of two decades, including major postdoctoral fellowships, such as the prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship (which he received twice), and other funded research positions at highly regarded research institutions.

He is co-Editor of the International Journal on Minority and Group Rights and serves on the advisory boards of Europa Ethnica and Human Rights and Identity. He has acted as expert for international and nongovernmental institutions, most recently for the OSCE (with which he retains an active link), and is a former member of the International Law Association Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He is also a frequent contributor to online magazines and discussion forums.

Professor Pentassuglia welcomes strong proposals for doctoral and post-doctoral research in any area sitting at the intersection of group accommodation and international law (theory and practice).