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International Institutions, Law & Ethics

Research cluster in the Department of International Relations

International organisations can help increase trust between states because then everybody can be pretty sure that rule-breakers will be exposed.

Professor Karen E. Smith

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Research cluster convenors: 
Dr Theresa Squatrito and Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi

Research cluster co-ordinator: 
McKenzie Ratner

Research Cluster Workshop

During term time the IRD workshop IR507 International Institutions, Law and Ethics for IR students and faculty takes place weekly.

Workshop Schedule [PDF]

Details are also circulated via email/newsletter.

For all queries, please contact the workshop coordinator McKenzie Ratner.

Watch the film 

This short film looks at the issues and research involved in International Institutions, Law and Ethics, including the work of institutions such as the UN, NATO and the International Criminal Court, and whether they can make a difference.

Contributors: Dr Kirsten Ainley, Alessandro Guasti, Dr Ulrich Sedelmeier, Professor Karen E Smith.

International Institutions, Law and Ethics: research clusters in the Department of International Relations at LSE International Institutions, Law and Ethics: research clusters in the Department of International Relations at LSE

International institutions, international law and ethics have been a core intellectual and teaching agenda of the department since its inception ninety years ago. 

Research within this cluster in the IR department includes the study of intergovernmental and nongovernmental institutions, to the politics of international law and the ethical and normative dimensions of global politics. Areas of special strength within the department today include the study of international institutions such as the European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and the International Criminal Court and of international issues such as nuclear proliferation, human rights, genocide, humanitarian intervention, climate change, international crime, and global health governance and international labour rights.