Infra-Legalities Research Team
Dr Gavin Sullivan, Reader in International Human Rights Law, Edinburgh Law School
Gavin Sullivan is a Reader in International Human Rights Law at Edinburgh Law School, UKRI Future Leaders Fellow (2021 – 2028) and principal investigator and project lead of Infra-Legalities: Global Security Infrastructures, Artificial Intelligence and International Law. His research focuses on the politics of global security law, algorithmic governance, data infrastructures, and human rights and accountability practices in relation to preemptive counterterrorism measures. His interdisciplinary work cuts across numerous fields, including law, critical security studies, politics and IR, and Science and Technology studies (STS). Gavin is a practising solicitor with experience of providing pro bono representation to people targeted by security lists worldwide, including before the UN Office of the Ombudsperson. He has worked widely as an expert consultant on counterterrorism issues, including for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Gavin is a member of the ‘Transparency’ and ‘Legal Frameworks’ working groups of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). His recent book – The Law of the List: UN Counterterrorism Sanctions and the Politics of Global Security Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020) – was awarded the 2021 International Studies Association (ISA) STAIR Book Award for research bringing STS into dialogue with global politics and the 2020 ISA ILAW Book Award for outstanding contributions to the field of international law. Gavin is on the Editorial Committee of Transnational Legal Theory and he co-convenes the European Society of International Law (ESIL) International Law and Technology Interest Group. He is a member of the Law and Society Association, the International Studies Association, the Socio-Legal Studies Association, Society of the Social Studies of Science.
Dr Dimitri Van Den Meerssche, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Edinburgh Law School
Dimitri Van Den Meerssche is a postdoctoral research fellow at Edinburgh Law School, working on a UKRI Future Leaders project titled ‘Infra-Legalities – Global Security Infrastructures, Artificial Intelligence and International Law’ (led by Gavin Sullivan). He is an associate fellow as the T.M.C. Asser Institute, where he previously worked as postdoctoral researcher. Dimitri holds a PhD and an LLM from the EUI, an LLM degree from NYU as BAEF Fellow and a Master of Laws degree from Ghent University (Summa Cum Laude).
Dimitri’s current research focuses on virtual borders, digital infrastructures of global governance and the law of international organisations. As an international legal scholar, his work is inspired by critical security studies, actor-network theory and science & technology studies. His writing has appeared in the Human Rights Law Review, European Journal of International Law, Journal of the History of International Law, Leiden Journal of International Law, International Organisations Law Review, London Review of International Law, Transnational Legal Theory and Law and Development Review. His first monograph (The World Bank’s Lawyers – The Life of International Law as Institutional Practice) is under contract with OUP.
Dimitri taught on international law, EU law and law & development at VU Amsterdam, BSIS (Kent University) and the LSE. He is a founding organizer of the ESIL Interest Group on International Law and Technology, a team member of the series on Artificial Intelligence and the International Rule of Law (Edinburgh Law School) and convenor of the Asser Lecture and Workshop Series on Method, Methodology and Critique in International Law. He is Managing Editor of the NYIL. Dimitri is able to work in English, Dutch and French.