School of Law and Politics

Dr Carmino Massarella



Carmino Massarella

Lecturer, Solicitor, Library Liaison
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Tel: +44 (0) 1482 46 6392
Office: 120 Wilberforce
Qualifications LLB Hons (Nott Trent), LPC (Nott Trent), BSc Hons Business Computing (Hull), LLM Int Law (Hull), PhD (Hull), Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) (Hull), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Solicitor (England and Wales)


Carmino qualified as a Solicitor (England and Wales) in 2002, and was in full time practice until 2009. He holds an LLM in Public International Law from Hull, and also completed his doctoral studies with the department. His PhD was on the topic “Jurisdiction over Maritime Piracy in International Law” which was supervised by Professor Richard Barnes and Professor Lindsay Moir, and was examined by Dr Richard Burchill and Professor Rob Cryer (University of Birmingham).

He has experience of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and has contributed to modules on Public International Law, Law of the Sea, International Criminal Law, International Investment Law, Practical Legal Skills, Tort, Shipping Law, and European Human Rights. He is also a supervisor of the Law School’s award winning Legal Advice Centre, an assessed clinical module.

He has been involved in a number of different projects in the Law School including assisting on research projects on diverse topics including the delimitation of the outer limit of the continental shelf, the regulation of high seas tuna fisheries, the extraterritorial application of international human rights obligations, and the accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights. He also helped deliver a two week course on the Law of the Sea provided to a delegation from the Government of Vietnam. He is a member of the Law School’s McCoubrey Centre for International Law, and was involved in the organisation of the Centre’s conferences on the Responsibility to Protect in July 2013, and on Customary International Law in July 2015. Carmino attended the Public International Law General Course and Directed Studies at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2013.

He is currently the Law School’s Library Liaison, and is a member of the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team, presenting many of the School’s Applicant and Open Day talks. He has also supported the Law School’s careers events as well as outreach with the local legal community.

He is a member of the International Law Association (British Branch) and the European Society of International Law.

Selected Publications

Articles in refereed journals

  • Massarella C, ‘UN Security Council Resolution 1976 (2011) and Efforts to Support Piracy Prosecutions.’ (2011) 26 International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 679

Conference papers

  • Massarella C, ‘Prosecution for “Piracy”: The Arctic Sunrise, Sea Shepherds, and the risks of misuse of the definition of piracy’ (2nd CCLS (Queen Mary, University of London) International Shipping Law Roundtable: 'Piracy, Refugees, War Risks and Sanctions: The Impact on Maritime Trade', International Maritime Organisation Headquarters, 2 June 2016)
  • Massarella C, ‘Questions of Jurisdiction and Immunity in the Enrica Lexie Case ’ (Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of York, 3 September 2015)
  • Massarella C, ‘Piracy and Maritime Crime: A Role for the Responsibility to Protect?’ (Beyond Responsibility to Protect Conference, Hull, 5 July 2013)
  • Massarella C, ‘Counter-Piracy Operations: Balancing Sovereignty and International Security’ (Society of Legal Scholars, Bristol, 14 September 2012)
  • Massarella C, ‘Maritime Security: The Role of the SUA Convention’ (ILA British Branch Annual Spring Conference, Nottingham University, 20 April 2012)
  • Massarella C ‘Piracy and Transnational Criminal Law: Counter-Terrorism Conventions and Maritime Security’ (London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Graduate Research Conference, City University, London, 23 March 2012)
  • Massarella C, ‘The Development of the International Law of Maritime Piracy’ (4th ESIL Research Forum, Tallinn, Estonia, 26 May 2011)
  • Massarella C, ‘Concepts and Constraints – The Search for a Definition of Piracy’ (London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Graduate Research Conference, University of Westminster, London, 1 April 2011)


Carmino’s research interests lie in the field of public international law, in particular in the areas of the law of the sea, piracy and maritime security, transnational criminal law, and the law of jurisdiction and immunities.



  • Law Clinic
  • Practical Legal Skills
  • Public International Law (Convenor)


  • Public International Law (Convenor)
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