Professor Scobbie joined the School in September 2013 as professor of public international law. He was previously the Sir Joseph Hotung Research Professor in Law, Human Rights, and Peace Building in the Middle East at SOAS, University of London, to which he remains affiliated. He studied at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge, and at the Australian National University. His doctoral dissertation examined legal reasoning and the judicial function in the International Court. Professor Scobbie maintains a special interest in international humanitarian law; international adjudication, particularly the role of the International Court of Justice; and in the theory of international law. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law, an editor of the EJIL: Talk! blog. and chair of the committee which awards the Lieber Prize for an outstanding work by a young author on the law of armed conflict. This is awarded by the Francis Lieber Society, which is a special interest group of the American Society of International Law.