Dr Laura Valentini

Laura Valentini

Associate Professor of Political Science

Email: l.m.valentini@lse.ac.uk|  
Office: CON 4.04, Connaught House
Office Hours: On sabbatical 1014-15
Tel: +44 (0)20 7107 5407


Laura holds a first degree (“laurea”) in Political Science from Pavia University (Italy), and a Master’s and PhD in Political Philosophy from University College London. She was a Junior Research Fellow at The Queen’s College (Oxford University), and a postdoc at the Center for Human Values (Princeton University). Prior to joining the LSE, Laura was a Lecturer in Political Philosophy at UCL, where she is currently an Honorary Senior Research Associate. Laura has held visiting positions at the Australian National University, and at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (Uppsala).

Research Interests

Laura’s work is situated within contemporary political philosophy. Her research focuses on international normative theory, methodology in normative theorizing, the relationship between justice and democracy, and disobedience to the law.

Her book, Justice in a Globalized World (Oxford University Press, 2011/12), develops an account of global justice steering a middle course between statism and cosmopolitanism. She has published a number of articles on international justice, human rights, ‘ideal vs. non-ideal theory’, and authority/democracy. She is currently investigating (i) the relationship between justice and democracy at both the domestic and the global level, and (ii) the conditions under which breaking the law is just.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • GV262: Contemporary Political Theory
  • GV4B7: The Liberal Idea of Freedom
  • GV4G3: Foundations of Political Theory
  • GV501: Doctoral Workshop in Political Theory



Justice in a Globalized World: A Normative Framework (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011/2012).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (published and forthcoming)

‘Canine Justice: An Associative Account’, Political Studies, forthcoming (early view http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2012.01006.x/abstract).

‘Justice, Charity, and Disaster Relief: What, if Anything, Is Owed to Haiti, Japan and New Zealand?’, American Journal of Political Science, 57 (2) (2013), 491-503.

‘Justice, Disagreement, and Democracy’, British Journal of Political Science, 43 (1) (2013), 177-99.

‘Assessing the Global Order: Justice, Legitimacy or Political Justice?’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 15 (5) (2012), 593-612.

‘Human Rights, Freedom, and Political Authority’, Political Theory, 40 (5) (2012), 573-601.

‘Kant, Ripstein, and the Circle of Freedom: A Critical Note’, European Journal of Philosophy, 20 (3) (2012), 450-59.

‘Ideal vs. Nonideal Theory: A Conceptual Map’, Philosophy Compass, 7 (9) (2012), 654-64.

‘In what Sense Are Human Rights Political?’, Political Studies, 60 (1) (2012), 180-94.

‘Coercion and (Global) Justice’, American Political Science Review, 105 (1) (2011), 205-20.

‘A Paradigm Shift in Theorizing about Justice? A Critique of Sen’, Economics & Philosophy, 27 (3) (2011), 297-315.

‘Global Justice and Practice-Dependence: Conventionalism, Institutionalism, Functionalism’, Journal of Political Philosophy, 19 (4) (2011), 399-418.

‘On our Duty to Withhold Aid now to Save more Lives in the Future’, Ethics & Global Politics, 4 (2) (2011), 125-34.

‘Egalitarian Challenges to Global Egalitarianism: A Critique’ (with Christian Barry), Review of International Studies, 35 (3) (2009), 485-512.

‘On the Apparent Paradox of Ideal Theory’, Journal of Political Philosophy, 17 (3) (2009), 332-55.

‘On the Meta-Ethical Status of Constructivism: Reflections on G.A. Cohen’s “Facts and Principles”’ (with Miriam Ronzoni), Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 7 (4) (2008), 403-22.

Chapters in Edited Volumes, Other Publications

‘Costruttivismo e Intuizioni Morali: Un Approccio Integrato’ (with Miriam Ronzoni), in C. Bagnoli (ed.), Che Fare? Nuove Prospettive Etiche sull’Azione (Roma: Carocci, forthcoming).

‘Cosmopolitan Justice and Rightful Enforceability’, in G. Brock (ed.), Cosmopolitanism versus Non-cosmopolitanism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

‘Theories of International Justice’, in D. Armstrong (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

‘International Law and Global Justice: A Happy Marriage’ (with Tiziana Torresi), Review of International Studies, 37 (5) (2011) (introduces a symposium I co-organized with Tiziana Torresi)