Kieran R.J. Tinkler, LL.M.

Military Professor Stockton Center for International Law
Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force
Kieran R.J. Tinkler faculty photo


Squadron Leader Tinkler joined the Stockton Center in September 2019 as associate director for the Law of Coalition Air and Space Warfare. His principal area of research is autonomous weapons systems within the law of armed conflict. He has served in various assignments, most recently advising U.K. Headquarters Air Command on operational law issues. He is a core expert to the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations, which will become the definitive document on military and security law as it applies to space.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Law

Professional Highlights


HQ Royal Air Force

Operational law advice to Headquarters Air Command.

Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base

Targeting law matters under Operation Inherent Resolve.

RAF Brize Norton

Managing a broad mix of Service legal issues effecting front-line stations.

RAF Coningsby

Advising station commanders on questions of disciplinary and administrative law.


Current M.Phil. Student, University of Exeter, Public International Law

LL.M., University College London, 2006

LL.B., University of Sheffield, 2005

Related Credentials

Core Expert to the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations

Research Contributions and Publications

External Memberships and Associations

The American Society of International Law

Chatham House

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