Associate Professor of international law


Associate Professor of international law


Agatha Verdebout is Associate Professor of Public International Law at ESPOL and Associate Member of the Centre de droit international of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Agatha studied law as well as international relations and holds a PhD in Public International Law from the ULB (2017) where she worked under the supervision of Professor Olivier Corten. During her PhD, she was a visiting researcher at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law of the University of Cambridge (2015) and at the Law Faculty of McGill University in Montréal (2016-2017). Her main research focuses on the history of the use of force in international law. It more particularly aims to understand how international lawyers tell the (hi)story of their discipline and how this history influences contemporary legal discourses.

Languages spoken: English, French, Italian, Spanish



  • Politics of International Law
  • Droit international public
  • Introduction to Public International Law
  • The Politics of Justifying Force


  • Theories of international law
  • History of international law
  • Law of international peace and security



Verdebout (2021) Rewriting Histories of the Use of Force, Cambridge University Press

Verdebout (2018) « The Intervention of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Bahrain (2011) », in T. Ruys and O. Corten (dirs.), International Law and the Use of Force – a case-based approach, Oxford University Presspp. 795-802

Verdebout (2014) « The Contemporary Discourse on the Use of Force in the Nineteenth Century: a Diachronic and Critical Analysis », Journal on the Use of Force and International Law, vol. 1, n°2, pp. 223-246

Verdebout (2014) « La définition coutumière du terrorisme selon Antonio Cassese: de la doctrine au Tribunal Spécial pour le Liban », Droit et Société, n°88, pp. 709-728

O. Corten et A. Verdebout (2014) « Les interventions militaires récentes en territoire étranger : vers une remise en cause du jus contra bellum ? », Annuaire français de droit international, pp. 135-169