Alexander Gilder

Associate faculty

Humanitarian Studies
Portrait of Alexander Gilder

Dr Gilder’s research investigates various aspects of UN peacekeeping, including stabilization, counter-terrorism, the rule of law, the protection of civilians and security sector reform. One of the few international lawyers working in the peacekeeping space, his research is necessarily interdisciplinary, drawing on perspectives from law, peace and conflict studies, and international relations.

His monograph, Stabilization and Human Security in UN Peace Operations (Routledge 2022), includes case studies on Mali (MINUSMA), the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and South Sudan (UNMISS) that examine whether the concept of human security can be seen in the UN's current stabilization activities.

Alex is currently working on his second book, The Law and Practice of Peace Operations, under contract with Edward Elgar Publishing and is co-editing a volume on Multidisciplinary Futures of UN Peace Operations (Palgrave Macmillan 2023).


Alex is a lecturer in International Law and Security, and Deputy Director of Global Law at Reading at the University of Reading.

He undertakes a number of roles in the academic community. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Peacekeeping, the Editor (Developments in State Practice) for The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and Co-Convenor of the International Law Section for the Society of Legal Scholars (UK).

Alex’s expertise has been used internationally as a guest instructor on the University of Notre Dame’s London Law Programme, guest lecturer on the University of Virginia Summer Programme at University College, University of Oxford and visiting faculty at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Hargeisa.

Before joining the University of Reading, he taught at Royal Holloway, University of London, the University of Essex and City, University of London.


PhD in Law

City, University of London

PgCAP, Academic Practice

City, University of London


Higher Education Academy

LLM Public International Law

Utrecht University

LLB (Hons) Law

University of Lincoln


Distinguished Excellence in Teaching International Studies Award

British International Studies Association