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Thomas Phillips

Thomas Phillips

Telephone: 0151 231 4738


Thomas joined LJMU's Law School in 2018. He teaches on a variety of modules including an LLM module in the United Nations, International Security and Global Justice and LLB modules in Public Law and Criminal Law. Prior to joining LJMU, Thomas was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Liverpool, where he taught undergraduate Criminal Law and Public Law.

Thomas is currently in the closing stages of his PhD research at the University of Liverpool, which is entitled: "International Legal Perspectives on Self-Determination in North Kurdistan". His research interests lie in the fields of Public International Law, Human Rights, Minority Rights, and Kurdish Studies.

Thomas has a particular interest in the rights of Kurdish populations residing in Turkey, Iraq and Syria. He has spoken on that subject at several conferences, including the first ever international conference held at the University of Sulaimani in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He has also contributed to legal processes beyond his scholarly activities. For example, he recently provided expert evidence in a court case concerning the prevalence of torture and other human rights abuses against members of pro-Kurdish political parties in Turkey; and he recently travelled to Turkey in order to monitor the trial of Selahattin Demirtas, the leader of the third largest political party in the country.


2014, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom, PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education)
2011, The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, LLM
2010, The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, LLB

Academic appointments

Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Law and Social Justice, The University of Liverpool, 2014 - 2018



Phillips T. 2019. Democratic Confederalism in Syria: The Nation-State, the Kurds, and International Law Aktoprak E, Akbulut O. Minority Self-Government in Europe and the Middle East: From Theory to Practice Brill >Public Url

Journal article

Phillips T. The (In-)Validity of Turkey's Reservation to Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, >Public Url