Tomas Hamilton LL.M.

Visiting researcher

  • Department:
    Former Visiting Research Fellows
  • Section: Public International Law/International Humanitarian Law/International Criminal Law


Tomas Hamilton is conducting PhD research as a Visiting Researcher at the Asser Institute under the umbrella of the International Humanitarian and Criminal Law (“IHCL”) platform within the Public International Law (“PIL”) cluster. The subject of his research is accomplice liability under international criminal law (“ICL”), focused on the criminal liability of arms traders. The Asser Institute was chosen for this project because of its research environment, location in The Hague, and links with the major Dutch universities.

The PhD is supervised by Dr Nicola Palmer and Dr Philippa Webb at King’s College London (“KCL”) and is fully funded by a doctoral scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council (“ESRC”), which encourages researchers to visit leading overseas institutions to progress their doctoral research.

Tomas was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2011 and holds a BA(Hons) and MA from the University of Oxford and an LL.M from the University of Cambridge. He has worked in the serious crime department of a leading firm of London solicitors, as an Assistant Legal Officer in Chambers of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”), and a Legal Consultant for the United Nations at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia ("ECCC"). He has also worked in research capacities for Oxford University, the BBC and TED.