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Cian O'Driscoll

Professor of Politics, University of Glasgow

Cian O’Driscoll is currently an ISRF fellow. He joined Politics at Glasgow in 2007. Prior to this, Cian completed his PhD in International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth.

Cian’s principal area of research is the intersection between normative international relations theory and the history of political thought, with a particular focus on the ethics of war. His published work examines the development of the just war tradition over time and the role it plays in circumscribing contemporary debates about the rights and wrongs of warfare. Cian’s work has been published in leading journals in the field, including International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Global Security Studies, Review of International Studies, and Ethics & International Affairs.

His first monograph, The Renegotiation of the Just War Tradition (Palgrave), was published in 2008. His second monograph, Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Just War, is currently under contract with Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2019).

Cian was the Principal Investigator on the ESRC grant-funded research project, Moral Victories: Ethics, Exit Strategies, and the Ending of Wars. Cian has also co-edited several volumes, including Moral Victories: The Ethics of Winning Wars (Oxford University Press, 2017), Just War Thinkers (London: 2017), and Just War: Authority, Tradition, Practice (Georgetown University Press: 2013). Cian is the Chair of International Ethics section of the International Studies Association. Prior to this, he was a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the co-convenor of the Glasgow Global Security Network. He is currently the Politics Impact Champion.


  • –present
    Professor of Politics, University of Glasgow