Paul Dale 

Aston Law 

 Position: Lecturer in Lawpaul dale
 Email:                                                                                                         Phone: 01212045141                                                                                                   Room: SW 705

Paul joined Aston Law School in January 2017. He is the module leader for Jurisprudence within the Law School and contributes to the teaching of Medical Law and Ethics to Aston Medical School. Paul has also contributed to International Human Rights Law, Business Ethics and Criminal Law. Paul conducts part-time Doctoral Research with the University of Birmingham, examining the philosophical foundations of International Law. He gained an LLM (with Distinction) at the University of Birmingham in 'International Law: Crime, Justice and Human Rights' and has a LLB with the University of London external system. Outside of Aston, Paul has held various visiting and associate roles with law programs at the Jersey Institute of Law, The Open University and the University of Birmingham. He has been involved in two extensive projects, within the West Midland prison system. Prior to teaching in Higher Education, Paul taught law in Further Education at Birmingham Metropolitan College. Paul is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • PhD Candidate, (P/T), Jurisprudence of International Law, University of Birmingham (2016-current)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (PGCert), Aston (with Distinction)
  • LLM (Distinction) - 'International Law: Crime, Justice and Human Rights - University of Birmingham (2016)
  • LLB - University of London (2014)
  • Lecturer in Law, Aston Law School - Jurisprudence, Medical Law and Ethics (2017 - current)

  • Associate Lecturer/Consultant, Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University

  • Visiting Lecturer, Legal System and Methods, Jersey Institute of Law

  • Visiting Lecturer, Legal Theory, University of BirminghamLecturer in Law and Politics, Birmingham Metropolitan College

  • Jurisprudence
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Public International Law
  • Jurisprudence 
  • Birmingham Law School Scholarship - p/t PhD research
  • The Association of Law Teachers (ALT)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • P.Dale, "The Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court in War Crime Trials and the Use of Force", Legal Issues Journal,Volume 6, Issue 2, July 2018
  • P.Dale, "Derogation from Human Rights Obligations in Order to Respond to 'Terrorism': The Judicial Interpretation of Article 15 (ECHR) and its Inconsistency with International Law" (forthcoming)

Recent Presentations:

  • The Open University, Law School Research Seminar Series, "John Austin's 'positivist' theory of law: the influences of his dissenting Unitarian religion" (scheduled January 2020)
  • University of Birmingham, Birmingham Law School Conference, "Social justice education within prisons: Researching legal issues from the offender's perspective." (June 2019)
  • Birmingham Law School, Criminal Law, Evidence and Justice (CLEJ) discussion group, "Open Justice Prison Project: Public Legal Education for Offenders." (May 2019)
  • Birmingham Law School, Natural Law Forum, "John Austin's Positive Law, law as it is or law as it ought to be?" (May 2019)
  • The Open University, Critical Legal Conference, "The 'gay cake' fight, an example of Dworkin's rights thesis?" (September 2018)
  • Swansea University, Future Trends in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Society for Terrorism Research, 3rd Annual Postgraduate Conference, "Addressing a state's accountability for its human rights obligations when adopting counter-terrorism measures." (June 2018)
  • University of Birmingham, The 4th Annual Conference of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, "Does the International Criminal Court have the jurisdiction over jus ad bellum proportionality and in turn the legality of a war?" (May 2018)


  • Consultancy for the Open University, delivering legal research to offenders in West Midland prisons.
  • Associate Examiner, LLB - University of London International Programmes Supporting role for the University of South Wales, for LLM students in Sub-Saharan Africa, studying International Law.
  • Pro bono- Law Society of England and Wales, Lawyers for Lawyers Program, assisting oppressed and imprisoned human rights lawyers across the world.
  • Law with Criminology consultant - The Open University