I am the John G. Winant Associate Professor of U.S. Foreign Policy at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) of the University of Oxford. I am also a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict (ELAC).
My research concerns international law and ethics in international relations, specifically in war. I investigate how legal and moral imperatives interact with strategic thinking and technological developments to explain conduct in war and the development of armed conflict. My current projects investigate the legal, moral, and military implications of "collateral damage" in U.S. military operations. I also work on IR theory, specifically constructivism and the intersection of explanatory IR theories with normative political theory. My forthcoming book (co-authored with Ziv Bohrer and Helen Duffy) proposes a moral division of labour between human rights and humanitarian law and examines under what empirical circumstances each body of law should prevail over the other.
I was previously employed as an Assistant Professor of Normative Political Theory at the Department of International Relations of the London School of Economics and Political Science. I hold a bachelor’s degree ‘with Honors’ from the Technical University Dresden in Germany and I have undertaken graduate studies in Cambridge, Princeton, and Oxford. My doctoral research was supported by the German Academic Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service and Merton College’s Domus Scholarship. The resulting dissertation has won two academic awards, the “Lord Bryce Prize for the Best Dissertation in International Relations and Comparative Politics” and Oxford University’s Daztursada Jal Pavry prize for an outstanding thesis in the area of international peace and understanding.
My first book appeared with Cambridge University Press as part of the series Cambridge Studies in International Relations in 2015. The book was Runner-Up for the Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship of the Society of Legal Scholars in 2016, and it has received an Honourable Mention by the Theory Section of the International Studies Association. My second (co-authored) book is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press as part of the series, Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of Peace and War.
New blog post: General Comment 36: A Missed Opportunity? Just Security, 11 February 2019
New article out: "Do Attackers have a Legal Duty of Care? Limits to the 'Individualisation of War'," International Theory, 2019, Vol. 11 (1), 1-25 (open access!)
Now on SSRN: Towards a Moral Division of Labour between IHL and IHRL During the Conduct of Hostilities in: Ziv Bohrer, Janina Dill, Helen Duffy: Law Applicable to Armed Conflict
Cambridge University Press, Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of Peace and War, forthcoming
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