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I joined the University of Westminster in 2007; previously I worked at the University of Sheffield. I gained my PhD in 2005 from the University of Limerick. 


I have taught modules at all levels, and currently I am module leader for "Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations" (UG) and "Contemporary Controversies in International Security" (MA).

I am the Postgraduate Director for Politics and International Relations.


My research interests include transitional justice, humanitarian intervention, and statebuilding in Kosovo. 

My most recent book - Hollow Norms and The Responsibility to Protect (Palgrave Macmillan) – won the 2019 British International Studies Association ‘Working Group on Intervention and R2P’ book prize. I have published over fifty academic book chapters and journal articles; my work has been published in International SecurityThe Journal of Peace ResearchEthics and International Affairs, and Cooperation and Conflict. I have given over one hundred papers at conferences worldwide, written over fifty book reviews, and published many other academic commentaries. 

I was one of the original co-convenors of the BISA Working Group on the Responsibility to Protect, and I am currently the co-editor of the Routledge "Intervention and Statebuilding" book series. I am a regular contributor to national and international television and radio.

I am author/editor of the following books; 

Hollow Norms and The Responsibility to Protect (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Protecting Human Rights in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2017. Co-editor)

Libya, The Responsibility to Protect, and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Co-editor)

Humanitarian Intervention: An Introduction 2nd Edition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) 

The Responsibility to Protect: Rhetoric, Reality and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

International Law, Security and Ethics (Routledge, 2010 & 2014. Co-editor)

Kosovo, Intervention and Statebuilding (Routledge, 2010. Editor)

Humanitarian Intervention: An Introduction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) 

Humanitarian Intervention after Kosovo (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Statebuilding: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2007 & 2009. Co-editor). 


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.