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Jure Vidmar

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Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Dr Jure Vidmar is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Law and Research Fellow of St John's College, Oxford. He is also an Extraordinary Lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School. Previously, he was an Anglo-German Fellow at the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford, and prior to that a post-doctoral researcher at the Amsterdam Center for International Law, University of Amsterdam.

Jure's main research and teaching interests lie within international law, human rights, European law, and legal and political theory. Jure is the author of a monograph entitled 'Democratic Statehood in International Law: The Emergence of New States in Post-Cold War Practice' (Oxford, Hart, 2013, Joint Runner Up for the Society of Legal Scholars Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2014) and co-editor (with Erika de Wet) of 'Hierarchy in International Law: The Place of Human Rights' (Oxford, OUP, 2012). He is also an editor of the Hague Yearbook of International Law. Some of his publications are available on SSRN.


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Journal Articles


J Vidmar, 'The Annexation of Crimea and the Boundaries of the Will of the People ' (2015) German Law Journal (forthcoming)

J Vidmar, 'The Concept of the State and its Right of Existence' (2015) Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (forthcoming)

J Vidmar, 'The Use of Force and Defences under the Law of State Responsibility' (2015) New York University School of Law - Jean Monnet Working Paper Series (forthcoming)


J Vidmar, 'International Community and Abuses of Sovereign Powers' (2014) 35 Liverpool Law Review 193

J Vidmar, 'Judicial Interpretations of Democracy in Human Rights Treaties' (2014) Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law 532

J Vidmar, 'States, Governments, and Collective Recognition' (2014) Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs (forthcoming)

J Vidmar, 'The Scottish Independence Referendum in an International Context' (2014) 51 Canadian Yearbook of International Law (forthcoming)


E De Wet and J Vidmar, 'Conflicts between International Paradigms: Hierarchy versus Systemic Integration' (2013) Global Constitutionalism 196

J Vidmar, 'Democracy and Regime-Change in the post-Cold War International Law' (2013) New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law 349

J Vidmar, 'Palestine and the Conceptual Problem of Implicit Statehood' (2013) 12 Chinese Journal of International Law 19

J Vidmar, 'Rethinking Jus Cogens after Germany v. Italy: Back to Article 53?' (2013) 60 Netherlands International Law Review 1

J Vidmar, 'Territorial Integrity and the Law of Statehood' (2013) 44 George Washington International Law Review 697

J Vidmar, 'Unilateral Secession in a Multipolar World' (2013) 107 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 215


J Vidmar, 'Conceptualizing Declarations of Independence in International Law' (2012) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 153

J Vidmar, 'Explaining the Legal Effects of Recognition' (2012) International and Comparative Law Quarterly 361

J Vidmar, 'South Sudan and the International Legal Framework Governing the Emergence and Delimitation of New States' (2012) Texas International Law Journal 541


J Vidmar, 'The Kosovo Advisory Opinion Scrutinized' (2011) Leiden Journal of International Law 355


J Vidmar, 'Confining International Borders in the Practice of Post-1990 State Creations' (2010) Heidelberg Journal of International Law 319

J Vidmar, 'Multiparty Democracy: International and European Human Rights Law Perspectives' (2010) Leiden Journal of International Law 209

J Vidmar, 'Remedial Secession in International Law: Theory and (Lack of) Practice' (2010) St Antony's International Review 37

J Vidmar, 'The Problem of International Constitutionalism: Can International Law Operate Vertically?' (2010) Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law

J Vidmar, 'The Right of Self-Determination and Multiparty Democracy: Two Sides of the Same Coin?' (2010) Human Rights Law Review 239


J Vidmar, 'International Legal Responses to Kosovo's Declaration of Independence' (2009) Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 779


J Vidmar, 'Montenegro's Path to Independence: A Study of Self-Determination, Statehood and Recognition' (2007) Hanse Law Review 73



J Vidmar, 'Abusive Governments as a Threat' in M Footer, J Schmidt, N White (eds), Security and International Law (Hart Publishing 2014) (forthcoming)

J Vidmar, 'Scotland’s Independence Referendum, Citizenship and Residence Rights: Identifying “the People” and Some Implications of Kurić v Slovenia' in R Ziegler, J Shaw and R Bauböck (eds), Independence Referendums: Who Should Vote and Who Should be Offered Citizenship? (EUI Working Paper 2014/90 2014)

J Vidmar, 'The International Community Interest within a State-Centric Legal System' in W Benedek, K de Feyter, M Kettemann, C Voigt (eds), The Common Interest in International Law (Intersentia 2014) (forthcoming)


J Vidmar, 'Human Rights and Democratic Legitimacy of Governments in International Law: Practice of States and UN Organs' in Panara, Wilson (eds), The 'Arab Spring': New Patterns for Democracy in International Law (M Nijhoff 2013)

J Vidmar, 'Unilateral Declarations of Independence in International Law' in French (ed), Statehood, Self-Determination and Minorities: Reconciling Tradition and Modernity in International Law (Cambridge University Press 2013)


E De Wet and J Vidmar, 'Conclusions' in E De Wet, J Vidmar (eds), Hierarchy in International Law: The Place of Human Rights (Oxford University Press 2012)

E De Wet and J Vidmar, 'Introduction' in E De Wet, J Vidmar (eds), Hierarchy in International Law: The Place of Human Rights (Oxford University Press 2012)

J Vidmar, 'Norm Conflicts and Hierarchy in International Law: Towards a Vertical International Legal System' in E De Wet, J Vidmar (eds), Hierarchy in International Law: The Place of Human Rights (Oxford University Press 2012)


J Vidmar, 'Kosovo: Unilateral Secession and Multilateral State-Making' in Summers (ed), Kosovo: A Precedent? The Declaration of Independence, the Advisory Opinion and Implications for Statehood, Self-Determination and Minority Rights (M Nijhoff 2011)

Internet Publications


Teaching: Public International Law

Research: Public international law, human rights, European law, political theory

Other details

Correspondence address:

St John's College
Oxford, OX1 3JP

other affiliation(s):

Public International Law @ Oxford

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