Dr. Michael Salter

Professor of law

Lancashire Law School

Harris Building, HB112

+44 (0) 1772 89 3927

Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing, Law, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations

Dr Salter has extensive teaching, administrative and research experience at the universities of Sheffield, Birmingham, Ulster, Lancaster and now Lancashire Law School.

LLB 2.1 Southampton University, 1975
PhD Sheffield University 1988

I have written five books and over 45 academic articles on legal theory, philosophy, war crimes trials, law and security, and role of intelligence services within international criminal law proceedings.

Research Groups

International Law

Membership of professional and learned bodies



Salter and Kim McGuire. "Issues and Challenges in the Application of Husserlian Phenomenology to the Lived Experience of Hate Crime and Its Legal Aftermath An Enlightenment Prejudice Against Prejudice?." Journal of interpersonal violence E.Pub (2014), hard copy due summer 2015.

Kim McGuire and Salter. "Legal responses to religious hate crime: Identifying critical issues." King's Law Journal 25.2 (2014): 159-184.

“Uncovering the Hidden Geo-Political Dimensions of Prosecuting Nazi War Crimes: The Covert Support Given by Military and Intelligence Officials for General Karl Wolff in his 1948-49 Trials,” 2(1) The Covert Policing, Terrorism & Intelligence Law Review, 2014:

“A Critical Assessment of US Intelligence’s Investigation of Nazi Art Looting,” Journal of International Criminal Justice, accepted / forthcoming, Summer 2015

More publications


LLB Southampton 1978

PhD Sheffield 1988


Research informed teaching

I have consistently developed research-informed teaching, developing a synergy between my teaching and publishing, allowing each to creatively feed off the other. I have achieved this by creating wholly new modules for the LLB and LLM degrees. These innovations have included:

 Moral dilemmas and law.

 War crimes law and policy.

 Introduction to war crimes trials.

 An innovative programme of support workshops on research methodology as an integral part of the LLB projects / dissertation programmes, which now attracts over 60 students each year.

 I have also worked with my colleague Prof. Zou to create a wholly new "Law and Security LLM/ MA" programme, which breaks new ground within my discipline. It also demonstrates the many benefits that can stem from appropriately designed research-informed teaching allowing both our publications and the scholarly debates to which we contribute to inform PG legal education.

Each of these innovations has been recognised by my appraisers as representing welcome and significant developments of the LLS's curriculum, with modules attracting a growing numbers of students and positive student and external examiner feedback. A similar point applies to my further development of the Masters Level modules Human Rights in a European and International Contexts, which I volunteered to teach in an intense block in Athens in February 2013, and my revamping in a more research-informed manner of the first year LLB UG elective Thinking and Arguing about Law.

Each year I have offered my various research-informed modules as options to UG and PG students, and – given their international criminal law flavour - they have attracted a stable cohort of disproportionately international students from both within the law school and outside. For example, in 2011-12, my expertise in war crimes law resulting in taking over a Forensic Science option module on International Criminal Law, which attracted over 75 students. A similar point applies to be undergraduate dissertation supervision where my theme of law and security, and war crimes trials is always over-subscribed every year.


Thinking and Arguing About Law

War crimes law and policy

Dissertation Support workshops


Regionalism within international law

Hate crime in UK

External Affiliations and Roles

External examiner for PhDs at various universities, visiting professor Sun-Yet-Sen University China (“foreign expert” status)


1. Prosecuting diplomat as war criminals: Ribbentrop and the Ciano Diaries within the Nuremberg trials, 4th annual Solon Conference (criminal justice), Galleries of Justice, Nottingham, September 2005.

2. “Archival Research: declassification of records and information control”, plenary speaker at Round Table on National Security, Middlesex University, July 2005.

3. "Historical Sources, Interdisciplinarities and other such pitfalls”, Society of Legal Scholars conference, Liverpool, April 2004.

4. Interdisciplinary Research in law and history”, Society of Legal Scholars conference, Sheffield, July 2004.

5. "Dilemmas facing war crimes prosecutors”, paper given at Princeton, USA July 2002.

6. "General Donovan and the Nuremberg war crimes trials”, paper given at Cornell Law School, USA, July 2002.

7. “Humanity and international criminalisation:” paper to the “, annual European Society for the study of deviance conference, UCLan Aug 2009.

8. ‘The OSS at Nuremberg’, October 2010, Paper given at an international conference “That Four Great Powers” at Nuremberg funded by the German Government.

9. “Carl Schmitt’s Regionalist Theory of law”, Sheffield University, April 2011, and Lancaster University, December 2011.

10. International law and Regionalism, Hong Kong University, Law Department, 10/12/2012.

11. "Hate crime as recollected," UCLan/Univ of Frankfurt/Gottenberg conference, Brussels Jan. 29, 2013.

12. “Regionalism in international law”: Regional Studies Conference, Izmir, Turkey April, 2014 (special themed panel I organised and convened)

13. A Critical Investigation of US Intelligence’s investigation of Nazi art looting, Univ. of Cambridge, April, 2014.