I am a Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Political Economy at King's College London. My interests include liberal theory and contemporary challenges to it, ethics and public policy, international justice and the authority of international law, and environmental ethics.

My current research explores the ways in which international law changes states’ relationship to their own citizens and to other states. Can international law constrain states when they commit severe abuses against their own citizens? Under what conditions is international law compatible with the sovereignty claims of constitutional democracies? 

My new book project will show that 1. The reasons we have to defend the establishment of legal institutions are the same as inside and across political communities; 2. International law can be developed in a manner that is compatible with the authority of constitutional democracies; 3. The internal morality of the rule of law, such as the idea that rules have to be applied impartially, and to protect a minimum of individual rights, demands that international law be developed in a certain way; 4. We can improve support for developing international law by changing social norms about the value and authority of international law among ordinary citizens and political elites. By relying on classic texts in the history of political thought, contemporary analytical jurisprudence, game theory, and the emerging literature on social norms, I will argue that fundamentally, the authority of international law rests on its necessity as a framework for cooperation and a device for balancing competing interests among states. 

My first book Divided Sovereignty: International Institutions and the Limits of State Authority was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

 

 

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