Michael Byers

Professor & Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, Canada



1996 D.Phil. Oxford University (Jesus College) (by incorporation)

1996 Ph.D. Cambridge University (Queens’ College)

1992 B.C.L. McGill University, Droit civil du Québec

1992 LL.B. McGill University, Canadian Common Law

1988 B.A. (honours) University of Saskatchewan, Political Studies and English Literature


Full time positions:


Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Global Politics and International Law, University of British Columbia

Professor, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia


Professor of Law (with tenure), Duke University School of Law

Director, Center for Canadian Studies, Duke University

Co-director, JD/LLM Program in International & Comparative Law, Duke University School of Law


Associate Professor, Duke University School of Law

Director, JD/LLM Program in International & Comparative Law, Duke University School of Law


Junior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford University


International Law and the Arctic (Cambridge University Press, 2013) 342 pp. (Winner of the 2013 Donner Prize of $50,000 for the best book on Canadian public policy) (Russian translation published by Novosibirsk State University, 2014).

Who Owns the Arctic? Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North (Vancouver/Toronto/Berkeley: D&M Publishers, 2009) 179 pp. (‘Canadian best-seller’, i.e. more than 5000 copies sold).

Intent for a Nation: What is Canada For? (Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2007) 248 pp. (‘Canadian best-seller’).

War Law: Understanding International Law and Armed Conflict (2005) (UK: Atlantic Books) (Canada: Douglas & McIntyre) (Germany: Kreigsrecht, Parthas Verlag); (2006) (US: Grove/Atlantic; History Book Club) (Brazil: Record Distribuidora) (Italy: Newton & Compton) (Turkey: DEFNE) 224 pp.

Co-editor (with Georg Nolte), United States Hegemony and the Foundations of International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) (Turkey: Phoenix Yayinevi, 2007) 500 pp.

Editor, The Role of Law in International Politics (Oxford University Press, 2000) 354 pp.

Translator & Reviser, Wilhelm G. Grewe, The Epochs of International Law (Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2000) 780 pp.

Custom, Power and the Power of Rules: International Relations and Customary International Law (Cambridge University Press, 1999) 246 pp.