Dr Sinja Graf

Dr Sinja Graf

Assistant Professor

Department of International Relations

Room No
CBG 8.06
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English, German
Key Expertise
International Theory, International (Criminal) Law and Imperialism

About me

Dr Graf’s research engages the intersection of international theory, (the legacies of) imperialism and international law. Her work examines mobilisations of normative universals in arguments about order, justice and the legitimacy of violence in international politics set against (post-)colonial contexts. Dr Graf’s monograph The Humanity of Universal Crime (Oxford University Press, 2021)  won the ISA's International Ethics Book Award in 2022. The book analyses the elemental idea that an act injures all of humanity in the history of international thought in the context of Europe’s (post-)imperial politics. Reviews of her book are published or forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics and the Journal of Genocide Research, amongst several other journals. 

Her single-authored, peer-reviewed articles have been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Law, Culture and the Humanities, Political Theory as well as International Relations. Further work on the relationship between ecological violence and human agency in international law is presently under review. 

Dr Graf holds numerous teaching awards. She has convened lectures and seminars in the areas of International Relations Theory, Colonial Modernity, Human Rights and the Laws of War.


Dr Graf supervises doctoral studies in areas including international theory, history of international political thought, imperial history, ecological destruction, violence and global order, global justice and international law.


Expertise Details

International Theory; International Politlcal Thought; International (Criminal) Law and Imperialism; Violence and Global Order