Associate Professor of international law


Associate Professor of international law



Agatha Verdebout is Associate Professor in International Relations at ESPOL and associate member of the Centre de droit international of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Adopting a sociological and critical type of approach, her research principally deals with the history of international law. It more particularly focuses on the way international lawyers tell the (hi)story of their discipline and ‘mythologised’ international law for the purpose of legitimising and justifying its existence. In the same spirit, Agatha has also taken an interest in the representations of international law conveyed through popular culture, which heavily contrasts the image the discipline has of itself. Finally, she has also published on issue of contemporary international law relating to the use of force.

Agatha holds a PhD in International Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) where she worked under the supervision of Olivier Corten. While working on her doctoral dissertation, she was a visiting researcher at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law of the University of Cambridge (2015) and a graduate research trainee at the Law Faculty of McGill University in Montreal (2016-2017). Finally, as Managing editor of the Journal on the History of International Law (JHIL), Agatha was equally briefly to the Max Planck Institute for Public Comparative and International Law in Heidelberg.


Languages spoken: French, English, Italian and Spanish




Politics of International Law

Droit international public

International Criminal Law

Introduction to Public International Law

Lawfare: The Politics of Justifying Force

Politics of International Law




History of international law

Theory and critical theory of international law

International peace and security law

Sociological approaches to law