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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dr Sam McIntosh



Lecturer and Researcher in Law



Tel +49 (0)30 2093 99063




Sam was awarded his PhD by the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University, London, in April 2016. He spent three years of his PhD at Vienna University under the supervision of Professor Manfred Nowak. Sam holds an LLM in Public International Law (with distinction) from Edinburgh University, and an MA (Joint Honours) in Spanish and European History, also from Edinburgh University. Sam is a fully qualified lawyer in England and Wales, and has worked at three of the most highly regarded human rights firms in the country. He began his training in the criminal defence department at Imran Khan & Partners and went on to finish his training and work in the civil departments at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors and Hickman & Rose. At both firms he worked primarily on civil actions against the police and prison authorities, and on inquests into deaths at the hands of the state.

Sam has also worked previously as a Sessional Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at the University of Reading, where he lectured and took tutorials in Tort Law, Criminal Law, and Constitutional and Administrative Law. He also worked for three years as a Research Assistant on the 'Law, Terrorism and the Right to Know' project at Reading University. This project explored democratic traditions of media freedom and the contemporary demands of national and international security in the context of terrorism-related court cases.

Sam's research interests include domestic and international human rights law, Coroners and the Coroners' Courts, open justice and the media's relationship with the courts, transitional justice, the rights of unsettled refugees, the procedural requirements under Article 2 (the Right to Life) of the European Convention on Human Rights, and recognition theory.

Sam teaches and co-teachers on the following courses: The Coercive State, Debating and Mooting, and Constitutional Law and the Political System.