Professor Susan Breau


Susan Carolyn Breau is Research Professor of International Law at the University of Victoria, Canada.  She is also a Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. From 2018-2021 she was Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria Canada.  Previously she was Head of the School of Law at the University of Reading. Prior to her academic life, she practiced law for 18 years in Kingston, Ontario.

In 1999 she began her studies at the London School of Economics obtaining her LLM in 2000 and her PhD in 2003. In her academic career she has taught at Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Surrey and Flinders University in Australia.  She was also the Dorset Fellow in International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2003-2006.

Her research primarily focuses on international law on the use of force, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and disaster law.

Her most recent monograph is The Responsibility to Protect in International Law: An Emerging Paradigm Shift (Routledge 2016). Her primary research focus is the effect of armed conflict on the civilian population and she co-edited with Elizabeth Wilmshurst Perspectives on the ICRC Study on Customary Humanitarian Law published by Cambridge University Press.