Disseration Title: The Due Diligence Principle in International Law

Doctoral Supervisor: Professor Benedict Kingsbury


Neto is a JSD Candidate from Jamaica. He earned his BSc in International Relations (Major), Political Science, and African & African Diaspora Studies (Minors) from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus (Jamaica) in 2003; followed by his LLB from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (Barbados) in 2007. In 2009 he was awarded an LLM from Harvard Law School (USA).

In 2008 Neto was a participant of the 35th External Session of the Hague Academy of International Law held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  After his LLM he was an intern at the International Criminal Court in the Appeals Chamber with Judge Erkki Kourula; following which, he was an Assistant to an Arbitral Tribunal of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes. In the Academic Year 2010/2011 Neto then realised his dream of being a Lecturer in Public International Law at his alma mater, the University of the West Indies.


Neto’s JSD research focuses on the due diligence principle in international law. Due diligence is among international law’s old concepts of general application; it is widely used across the many fields of international law. However, it has been relatively ignored in academic research. His dissertation seeks to shed some light on this old concept through a review of its history and contemporary usage in some selected fields of international law in order to better understand its nature, scope, content and role in the international legal system.

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