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Jennifer Welsh


Selected Publications


2016 The Return of History: Conflict, Migration, and Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century. House of Anansi

2015 The Responsibility to Prevent: Overcoming the Challenges of Atrocity Prevention. Oxford University Press (co-edited with Serena K. Sharma)

2013 Just and Unjust Military Intervention: European Political Thought from Vitoria to Mill. Cambridge University Press (co-edited with S. Recchia)

2008 The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945. Oxford Unviersity Press (co-edited with V. Lowe, A. Roberts, and D. Zaum)

2007 Exporting Good Governance: Temptations and Challenges in Canada’s Aid Program. Wilfred Laurier University Press (co-edited with N. Woods)

2004, 2005 At Home in the World: Canada’s Global Vision for the 21st Century. HarperCollins. New Paperback Edition, 2005. Nominated for Canadian Political Science Association 2005 book of the year

2004 Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations. Oxford University Press (editor)

1999 Empire and Community: Edmund Burke's Writings and Speeches on International Relations. Westview Press (co-edited with D. Fidler)

1995 Edmund Burke and International Relations. Macmillan/St. Martin's Press. 


Selected Journal Articles:

J. Welsh, ‘The Responsibility to Protect after Libya and Syria’, Daedalus, Vol. 145, No. 4 (Fall 2016), pp. 75-87

J. Welsh, ‘The Responsibility to Prevent: Assessing the Gap between Rhetoric  and Reality’, Cooperation and Conflict, Vol. 51, No. 2 (2016), pp. 216-232

J. Welsh, 'Norm Contestation and the Responsibility to Protect', Global Responsibility to Protect, Vol. 5, No. 4 (2013)

J. Welsh, ‘The Responsibility to Protect: Dilemmas of a New Norm’, Current History, Vol. 111, No. 748 (November 2012), pp. 291-8

A. Menon and J. Welsh, ‘Understanding NATO’s Sustainability: The Limits of Institutionalist Theory’, Global Governance, Vol. 17 (2011)

J. Welsh, ‘Civilian Protection in Libya: Putting Coercion and Controversy back into RtoP’, Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 25, No. 3 (2011)

J. Welsh, ‘A Normative Case for Pluralism: Reassessing Vincent’s Views on Humanitarian Intervention’, International Affairs, Vol. 25, No. 3 (2011)

J. Welsh and M. Banda, ‘International Law and the Responsibility to Protect: Clarifying or Expanding States’ Responsibilities?’, Global Responsibility to Protect, Vol. 2, No. 3 (2010)

J. Welsh, ‘Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Where Expectations Meet Reality’, Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 24, No. 4 (2010)

A. Gheciu and J.  Welsh, ‘The Imperative to Rebuild: Assessing the Normative Case for Post-Conflict Reconstruction’, Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 23, No. 2 (2008)

J. Welsh, ‘”I” is for Ideology: Conservatism and International Affairs’, Global Society, Vol. 17, No. 2 (2003)

J. Welsh, ‘From Right to Responsibility: Humanitarian Intervention and International Society’, Global Governance, Vol. 8 (2002)

S. Neil Macfarlane, C. Thielking, and J. Welsh, ‘The Responsibility to Protect: Assessing the Report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty’, International Journal, Vol. 57, No. 4 (2002)


Chapters in Edited Volumes:

J. Welsh, ‘The ‘Narrow but Deep Approach’ to Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Reassessing the Focus on International Crimes’, in Sheri P. Rosenberg, Tibi Galis, Alex Zucker (eds.), Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

J. Welsh, 'R2P's Next Ten Years: Deepening and extending the consensus', in A. Bellamy and T. Dunne (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect (Oxford University Press, 2015)

J. Welsh, 'The Morality of Drone Warfare', in David Cortright et al, ed., Drones and the Future of Armed Conflict (University of Chicago Press, 2014)

J. Welsh, 'Responsibility to Protect and the Language of Crimes: Collective Action and Individual Culpability', in D. Scheid (ed.), The Ethics of Armed Humanitarian Intervention (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

J. Welsh, 'Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Catalyzing Debate and Building Capacity', in A. Betts and P. Orchard (eds.), Implementation and World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice (Oxford University Press, 2014)

J. Welsh, ‘Who Should Act? Collective Responsibility and the Responsibility to Protect’, in A. Knight and F. Egerton (eds.), The Routledge Handbook on the Responsibility to Protect (Routledge, 2012)

J. Welsh, ‘The Security Council and Humanitarian Intervention’, in V. Lowe, A. Roberts, J. Welsh and D. Zaum (eds.), The United Nations Security Council and War (Oxford University Press, 2008)

J. Welsh, ‘The Rwanda Effect: The Development and Evolution of the Responsibility to Protect’, in P. Clark and Z. Kaufman (eds.), After Genocide (Columbia University Press, 2008)

J. Welsh, ‘The Responsibility to Protect: Security the Individual in International Society’, in B. Goold and L. Lazarus (eds.), Security and Human Rights (Hart Publishing, 2007)

J. Welsh, ‘Edmund Burke’s Theory of International Order’, in D. Clinton (ed.), The Realist Tradition in Contemporary International Relations (Louisiana State University Press, 2007)

J. Welsh, ‘Taking Consequences Seriously: Objections to Humanitarian Intervention’, in J. Welsh (ed.), Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2004)

J. Welsh, ‘Authorizing Humanitarian Intervention’, in R.Price and M. Zacher (eds.), The United Nations and Global Security (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2004)

ERC Project "The Individualisation of War: Reconfiguring the Ethics, Law and Politics of Armed Conflict"

This path-breaking interdisciplinary project critically analyses the impact of the increase prominence of the individual in the theory and practice of armed conflict. The "individualisation of war", while based on powerful normative and technological developments, places enormous strain on the actors most actively engaged in contexts of conflict: the governments and armed forces of states, international security organisations, and humanitarian agencies.

Individualisation has generated new kinds of "humanitarian" wars and peacekeeping missions, as well as precision weapons which enable both the targeted killing of those individuals deemed most liable for acts of war or terror, and the protection of innocent civilians caught up in armed conflict or acts of state suppression. It has also facilitated the injection of human rights law into the law of armed conflict, and a new class of international crimes for which individuals can be held accountable. We hypothesise that efforts to operationalise protection, liability, and accountability are all underpinned by a tension between the newly privileged moral and legal claims of individuals and the more traditional ones of sovereign states. The ethical, legal, and political dilemmas raised by these efforts demonstrate just how contested the process of individualisation remains, and how uncertain is its eventual endpoint. 

For further information about the IoW project, please consult the website or contact Martina Selmi


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