Hannah Woolaver

Associate Professor

LLB Durham

BCL Oxford

PhD Cambridge


Hannah Woolaver is an Associate Professor in International Law at the Public Law Department of the University of Cape Town. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Prior to coming to UCT, Hannah was awarded an LLB (First Class) at the University of Durham, BCL (Distinction) at the University of Oxford, and PhD at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis examined the principles of equality of States and non-intervention in relation to failed, rogue, and undemocratic States in international law.  She teaches public international law and international criminal law at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and also supervises postgraduate research in these areas.

Please contact Hannah if you are interested in pursuing LLM or PhD research in public international law.

Expertise/ Research interests

Public international law generally; international criminal law; the use of force; the relationship between international and domestic law.


International Law (LLB); International Criminal Law and Africa (LLB); International Criminal Law (LLM)

Socially responsive work

Member of the UCT Law Advice Programme, available to provide advice to the Legal Resources Centre and Women’s Legal Centre on international law issues.


(most recent publications & conference presentations)

  • Williams, S., H. Woolaver and E. Palmer, The Amicus Curiae in International Criminal Law (Hart, forthcoming 2019)
  • Woolaver, H., and S. Williams (eds.), Civil Society and International Criminal Justice in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities (Juta, 2016).
Articles and Chapters
  • Woolaver, H. From Joining to Leaving: Domestic Law’s Role in the International Legal Validity of Treaty Withdrawal’ 2019 (1) European Journal of International Law (forthcoming).
  • Woolaver, H. ‘State Engagement with Treaties: Interaction between International and Domestic Law’, in C. Bradley (ed.) Oxford Handbook on Comparative Foreign Relations Law, (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019).
  • Woolaver, H. ‘Withdrawal from the International Criminal Court: International and Domestic Implications’ in Werle and Zimmermann (eds.) The International Criminal Court in Turbulent Times, (Asser University Press, forthcoming 2019).
  • Woolaver, H. ‘South Africa’ in Palombino (ed.) Duelling for Supremacy International Law vs. National Fundamental Principles (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019)
  • Woolaver, H. and E. Palmer ‘Challenges to the Independence of the International Criminal Court from the Assembly of States Parties’ 15(4) Journal of International Criminal Justice (2017) 641
Conference Presentations
  • The Emerging Field of Comparative Foreign Relations Law’, Opening Plenary Session, Canadian Council on International Law Conference (2018)
  • ‘Clarifying the Frontier between Domestic and International Public Law when States Withdraw from Treaties’, Public Law Conference, University of Melbourne (2018)
  • ‘The Amicus Curiae and the Defence in International Criminal Tribunals’ Cambridge International Law Conference, University of Cambridge (2018)
  • ‘From Joining to Leaving: Domestic Law’s Role in the International Legal Validity of Treaty Withdrawal’, Globalization, Law & Justice Workshop Series, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (2017)