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Professor Sir Adam Roberts

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford, and Past President of the British Academy

British Academy appointments
President 2009 - 2013

The history, theory and practice of international relations'

Adam Roberts is Senior Research Fellow in International Relations, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He was President of the British Academy, 2009-2013. Born in Penrith in 1940, he went to Westminster School and Magdalen College Oxford, where he read Modern History. He was Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics, 1968-1981. He moved to Oxford University, first as Alastair Buchan Reader in International Relations, 1981-1986, then as Montague Burton Professor of International Relations, 1986-2007. He has given expert advice to parliamentary committees, governments and non-governmental bodies in the UK and overseas. In 2002 he was awarded a knighthood for services to the study and practice of international relations.
His main academic interests are in the fields of international security, international organizations, and international law (including the laws of war). He has also worked extensively on the role of civil resistance against authoritarian regimes and foreign rule, and on the history of thought about international relations.
He has published articles in numerous journals, including American Journal of International Law, British Year Book of International Law, International Affairs, International Review of the Red Cross, International Security, and Survival.

Past appointments
Lecturer in International Relations London School of Economics and Political Science University of London (1968 - 1981)
Alastair Buchan Reader in International Relations University of Oxford (1981 - 1986)
Montague Burton Professor of International Relations University of Oxford (1986 - 2007)
Senior Research Fellow in International Relations, University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College Balliol College University of Oxford (2008 - )
President The British Academy (2009 - 2013)

Principal publications
The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945, 2008
Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present, 2009
Democracy, Sovereignty and Terror: Lakshman Kadirgamar on the Foundations of International Order, 2012
Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters, 2016
Hugo Grotius and International Relations, 1990
Nations in Arms: The Theory and Practice of Territorial Defence, 1976 (2nd edn., 1986)
Documents on the Laws of War, 1982 (2nd edn., 1989; 3rd edn., 2000)
United Nations, Divided World: The UN's Roles in International Relations, 1988 (2nd edn., 1993)


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