Staff Profile


Dr Narissa Ramsundar

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences

Campus: St Martins Priory

Tel: 01227 923802

Profile summary

Narissa Ramsundar joined the team at Canterbury Christ Church University in January 2018. She obtained her PhD from Queen Mary University. She was awarded a studentship from Queen Mary University to undertake her doctoral research, and her thesis was entitled “State Responsibility for the Support of Armed Groups in the Commission of International Crimes.” She was supervised by Professor Okowa (QMUL) and was examined by Professor Robert Cryer (University of Birmingham) and Dr Saskia Hufnagel(QMUL). She was awarded an LLM (International law) (Distinction) from Kings College London, an LLB (Law)(Upper Second Class Honours) from the University of the West Indies and is a qualified attorney at law. She practised as a State prosecutor for eight years at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Trinidad and Tobago. She prosecuted over 100  cases, including murder, sexual offences, offences against the person and trafficking of narcotics. She has advised the Director of Public Prosecutions and several government institutions in Trinidad on questions of criminal responsibility. She has also trained and mentored early-career attorneys at law prosecutors in criminal advocacy and substantive criminal law. She has also worked from October 2020 to April 2021  as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court in the Pre Trial Chamber division. She welcomes PhD students who are interested in researching responsibility for international crimes and serious violations of human rights before international courts and tribunals.

Research and knowledge exchange

Narissa  is currently part of the supervision team for international law at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Teaching and subject expertise

International law

Criminal law

Comparative Criminal law

International Human Rights Law

External activities

 Professional member of the International Association of Prosecutors. Her recent conference papers are listed below:

  • Language and the right to a  fair trial at the ICC ( University of Brighton, December 2018)
  • Duty and Semantics: Analysing legal responsibility under the Genocide Convention through avoidance of the term “genocide”( University of Nottingham, November 2018)
  • Conquering new frontiers of international criminality- responsibility for international crimes committed by transnational armed groups through transnational judicial and quasi -judicial cooperation (University of Copenhagen July 2017 )
  • State responsibility for genocide : A critique of the test for attribution of the conduct of individuals to states in the Case Concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide Bosnia v Serbia (2007) – (New York University,  July 2015)

Publications and research outputs

  • N Ramsundar State Responsibility for the Support of  Armed Groups in the Commission of International Crimes  (Brill/Nijhoff 2020) E book ISBN 978-90-04-40845-6 Hardback ISBN 978-90-04-40843-2
  •  N Ramsundar, R Paulose and T Nice ‘ Catalysts for Change: ICESCR among Indigenous Groups in Asia ( Report to the United Nations  43rd  Session of the Human Rights Committee 3 March 2020 available at 
  • N Ramsundar and M Rabagliati ‘Rebuilding Babel: The applicability of the ICC interpretation of articles 67 (1(a) and 67(1)(f) to other courts dealing with similar issues (Cambridge Scholars Press, in press July 2020) ISBN 978-1-5275-4742-1
  • N Ramsundar ‘ Public International law and international investment arbitration’ in T Mortimer and C Nyombi Rebalancing International Investment Agreements in favour of Host States ( Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing, 2018) ISBN 9780854902613
  • C Nyombi, T Mortimer and N Ramsundar ‘ The Morocco- Nigerian BIT: Towards a new generation of BIT’s (2018) 29(2) 69- 80 ISBN 723495

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