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Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland and Professor in International Relations, University of Leeds

I am interested in questions of American and British foreign policy, international law and society, the Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute.

I joined the University of Leeds in 1998, having graduated with a Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College London and having taught for a year at Exeter University. I hold Bsc and Msc degrees from the University of Aberystwyth. I was made Honorary Professor at University of Queensland in 2014 and am currently Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Centre for Responsibility to Protect have been a Visiting Researcher at the University of Queensland. I am also Senior Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre. You can follow me on Twitter @jasonralph4

Research Interests

I am currently engaged in research on a project called the “Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute. The political sustainability of liberal norms in an age of shifting power balances.” It is part funded by an ESRC Seminar Series award, which includes as Co-Is Adrian Gallagher Leeds, Aidan Hehir, Westminster, James Pattison, Manchester. A working paper (with Adrian Gallagher), ESRC White Rose PhD Studentships and an EU Marie Curie Fellowship. I am also PI on an RCUK funded project called "Responsibility to Protect in the context of the Continuing War on Terror in Syria", which includes Co-Is Rachel Utley, Derek Edyvane and James Souter at Leeds

This research agenda builds on my British Academy Fellowship research.


  • –present
    Professor in International Relations, University of Leeds


Honorary Professor at University Queensland