Professor Joshua Castellino

Professor Joshua Castellino

The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT

+44 (0)20 8411 4735



Professor Joshua Castellino was appointed Professor of Law & Head of Law Department, Middlesex University, UK in September 2007.  From 2000-2006, Prof Castellino was a member of the teaching faculty at the Irish Centre for Human Rights National University of Ireland, Galway.  He played a major role in the development of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and is currently an Adjunct member of faculty.  Professor Castellino is the driving force behind the Centre’s acclaimed annual Minority Rights Summer School.

Professor Castellino completed his undergraduate education at Bombay University, where he worked as a journalist for the Indian Express Group, and was subsequently awarded the Chevening Scholarship to undertake a Masters in International Law and Politics in 1995-196. He was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and completed his Ph.D. in international law under the supervision of the late Professor Hilaire McCoubrey at the University of Hull in 1998.

Professor Castellino is a specialist in minority rights and has written two books on the subject: Minority Rights in Asia, co-authored by Dr. Elvira Dominguez Redondo and published by Oxford University Press in 2006; and International Law and Indigenous Peoples. He is also the author of two monographs on public international law on self-determination and on title to territory.




  • Minority Rights in Asia (Oxford; Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • International Law & Indigenous Peoples (ed.) (Leiden; Boston; Kluwer Law International, 2004)
  • Title to Territory in International Law: A Temporal Analysis (Dartmouth, UK, Ashgate Press, 2003) (co-author with S Allen)
  • International Law & Self Determination (The Hague; Martinus Nijhoff, 2000)

Peer Reviewed Articles

  •  "A Re-Examination of the International Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination." 2 Revista Iberoamericana de Derechos Humanos (2006): 1-29  
  • "Minority Rights in China: A Legal Overview." 5 European Journal of Minority Issues (2005): 51-83 (co-author with E Dominguez-Redondo)
  • "Affirmative Action for the Protection of Linguistic Rights: An Analysis of International Human Rights Legal Standards in the Context of the Irish Language" 25 Dublin University Law Journal (2004): 1-43
  • "Self-Determination, Indigenous Peoples and Minorities" 3 Macquarie Law Journal (2003): 155-178 (co-author with J Gilbert)  
  • "The Doctrine of Uti Possedetis and Crystallisation of Modern Identity" 43 German Yearbook of International Law (2002): 205-226
  • "The Secession of Bangladesh in International Law" 7 Asian Yearbook of International Law (2000): 83-104
  • "Order & Secession: National Minorities and Self-Determination" 6(4) International Journal of Minority and Group Rights (1999): 389-416
  • "A Territorial Interpretation of Identity in International Law: The Case of the Western Sahara" 29(3) Millennium Journal of International Studies (1999): 523-559
  • "Liberty, Fraternity and Equality: The Dubious Fruits of National Self-Determination in International Law" 1 Turku Law Journal(1999) 1-32

Book Chapters/Other Articles

  • "The 'Right' to Land, International Law & Indigenous Peoples." In International Law and Indigenous Peoples, edited by J Castellino and N Walsh (2005)
  • "Conclusions" In International Law and Indigenous Peoples, edited by J Castellino and N Walsh (2005)
  • "Conceptual Difficulties and the Right to Indigenous Self-Determination" In Minorities, Peoples and Self-Determination: Essays in Honour of Patrick Thornberry, edited by N Ghanea and A Xanthaki. Martinus Nijhoff (2005)
  • "National Identity and the International Law of Self Determination: The Stratification of the Western Sahara 'Self'." InAccommodating National Identity: New Approaches in International and Domestic Law. Kluwer Law International (2000) 
  • "The Issue of Legal Aid: A Regime Comparison" 25 Global Law Review Quarterly (2003)415-424, published in Mandarin and English at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (co-author with R Murphy)
  • "Reinforcing Territorial Regimes: Uti Possedetis and the Right to Self-Determination in Modern International Law" 48 Amicus Curiae (July/August 2003): 20-25 (co-author with S R Allen)
  • "September 11th and Human Rights" In Multiculturalism: The Challenge Post September 11th Conference Proceedings. University of Cork Press, (2002): 7-12
  • "The International Human Rights Regime and the Protection of Linguistic Rights" 20 TEANGA: The Irish Yearbook of Applied Linguistics (2001-02)144-162


  • "Overview of Minorities in Asia and Asia Pacific" contribution as Regional Editor to the World Minority Rights Directory. London. MRG Publications (2006)
  • "Public Interest Litigation as a Tool for Vulnerable Groups" FLAC Roundtable on Public Interest and Litigation in Ireland. Croke Park, Dublin (2006)
  • "The Duties of Governments in the Context of Extraordinary Renditions" Statement for Amnesty International written as part of duties as Special Rapporteur to the Seminar of the same name held at the National College of Ireland, Dublin, 15 May, 2006
  • "The Duties of Governments in the Context of Extraordinary Renditions" Statement for Amnesty International written as part of duties as Special Rapporteur to the Seminar of the same name held at the National College of Ireland, Dublin, 15 May, 2006
  • "Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Food: Strategies for Engaging the UN Machinery in Human Rights" Special Seminar delivered at the Food & Agricultural Organisation, Rome, 26th January 2006
  • "The Legal Obligations of States Towards Protecting Children Infected and Affected by HIV/AIDS"  for EU-China Network of Human Rights, Academy of Social Sciences, The Hague, November 2004 (available in English and Chinese).
  • 'The Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Legal Questions and ICJ Jurisprudence’ special workshop at Lawyers for the New Millennium: Jordanian Bar Association, Palestinian Bar Association & Law Society of England and Wales, Amman 12th May 2004 [workshop anticipating the judgment in the Advisory Opinion of the ICJ, on the basis of international legal precedent]
  • ’The Issue of Travelers & Ethnicity’ Special Address to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Human Rights (Houses of Parliament) Dublin, 5th December 2003.
  • ’Minority Rights Cases: International & Regional Application and Other Documents’ CD Rom designed and compiled in association with the United World College of the Atlantic, Wales, UK for the EU-China Network used in Beijing and Kunming China 10-15th November 2003. 
    ’The Right to a Fair Trial: An Audit of The Refugee Appeals System in Ireland’ supervision of report and Introduction - commissioned by the Irish Refugee Council, Dublin September 2003.
  • ’Rationale for the Creation of a Special Rapporteur on Minority Rights’ submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs,Government of Austriafor the Commission of Human Rights meeting March 2003. 
  • ’A Working Guide to the website of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ training course for judges and prosecutors,China University of Political Science & Law,Chong Qing, China, 12th March 2003. 
  • ’Disability & Racial Discrimination: the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination’ inHuman Rights & Disability (G. Quinn & T. Degener eds.) [Geneva: UN Publications 2002] presented at ’Expert Group Meeting on Disability’ Mexico City 11-14th June 2002 pp. 141-148.
  • ’Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989: An International Comparative Review’ Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reformon behalf of the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism, June 2001.