Rossana Deplano

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2336

Personal details

Laurea in Scienze giuridiche (LLB), Laurea in Giurisprudenza (LLM), PhD

I joined the University of Leicester in September 2015. My research interests lie in the field of public international law and international legal theory.

I recently completed a monograph on the strategic use of international law by the United Nations Security Council. By employing a quantitative research methodology, the book provides the first comprehensive empirical study of the practice of the Security Council from the origins up to the present. Professor André Nollkaemper, President of the European Society of International Law, described the book as ‘an all too rare attempt to bring empirical legal studies to international law'.

I am currently working on a project aimed at establishing whether the resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly contribute to the creation of customary international law. The research methodology adopted combines empirical with normative and doctrinal analysis.

I was a Visiting Scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge from July to September 2017.

From 1 June to 31 August 2018, I will be a Scholar-in-Residence at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, U.S.A.


  • R. Deplano, ‘Building Pragmatic Utopias: The “Other” Security Council, International Law and the United Nations Dream’ 60 German Yearbook of International Law (forthcoming). Access pre-published version via SSRN.
  • R. Deplano, ‘The riddle of international custom’ in J. d’Aspremont and S. Droubi (eds), Perspectives on International Organizations and Formation of Customary International Law, Manchester University Press, Chapter 7 (forthcoming 2018).
  • R. Deplano, ‘Assessing the Role of Resolutions in the ILC Draft Conclusions on Identification of Customary International Law: Substantive and Methodological Issues’ 14(2) (2017) International Organizations Law Review, 227–253. Access pre-published via SSRN.
  • R. Deplano, The Strategic Use of International Law by the United Nations Security Council – An Empirical Study, Springer, 2015
  • R. Deplano, ‘The Welfarist Approach to International Law: An Appraisal’ in Prabhakar Singh and Benoit Mayer (eds), Critical International Law: Postrealism, Postcolonialism and Transnationalism, Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 74-97
  • R. Deplano, ‘Fragmentation and Constitutionalisation of International Law: A Theoretical Inquiry’ 6(1) European Journal of Legal Studies (2013) 67-89.
  • R. Deplano, ‘Questioning Unstated Assumptions of International Constitutionalism’ 4(1) Journal of the Philosophy of International Law (2013) 99-103

More publications are available on my SSRN author page.


  • Public international law
  • United Nations law
  • Law of international organisations
  • International legal theory

Current Teaching


  • International Law
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law


  • General Principles of International Law
  • Law of the United Nations
  • Law and Organization of the World Trading System
  • Dissertation tutor

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