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School of Government & International Affairs

Staff Profiles

Prof John Williams, B.A., M.A. (Hull), Ph.D. (Warwick)

Contact Prof John Williams (email at j.c.williams@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

John studied for his PhD at the University of Warwick (1992-96), working on legitimacy in international relations and the collapse of Yugoslavia, following which he became a Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen for five years before joining Durham in 2001. John was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006 and to Professor in 2010.

John's research in recent years has revolved around three, interconnected issues. First is the English school of international relations theory, where he has worked on both analysis of classic texts and also on the development of ethical dimensions of the School's approach. Second, is the wider area of international political theory, where he has concentrated on ethical dimensions of issues such as territory and political violence. This has also brought his research into contact with related debates in political geography. Thirdly is the area of the Just War tradition, where his work has looked at the challenges to standard accounts of the ethics of war presented by changing patterns and technologies of violence and the issue of democratic authority over warfare.

Presently, John is working on a book-length study of diversity and ethics in English school theory, seeking to develop an alternative to the 'pluralist' position as it is usually presented. He is also working on a project looking at the ethics of automatic and autonomous weapons and security systems.

As well as a range of departmental level administrative roles (Acting Head, Deputy Head, Director of Research, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Postgraduate Studies), John was Vice-Chair of the University Senate Discipline Committee (2009-12), Deputy Head of Faculty (Research), October 2011-July 2012) and a member of the Faculty REF Readiness panel (2012-13).

Beyond Durham, John is presently a member of the Economic and Social Research Council's peer review college and on the editorial board for the journal International Political Theory. He is also External Examiner for undergraduate degrees in politics and international studies at Warwick University, having previously served in that role at the LSE. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the British International Studies Association (2005-07) and was Convenor of the BISA English School Working Group (2009-12). In the summer of 2010 he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Queensland.

He has successfully supervised 10 research degrees: 8 PhDs and 2 MAs. List of doctoral students supervised by John Williams who have successfully completed.

Research Groups

  • Conflict and Ethics
  • The History of Political Thought

Research Interests

  • Ethics in International Relations
  • Ethics of territorial borders
  • Ethics of violence
  • International Relations theory

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2013: External Examiner: undergraduate degrees in politics and international studies at Warwick University. John previously served in that role at the LSE.
  • 2013: Member: Economic and Social Research Council's peer review college.
  • 2013: Member of Faculty REF Readiness Panel:
  • 2012: Convenor of the BISA English School Working Group:
  • 2012: Deputy Head of Faculty (Research):
  • 2012: Vice-Chair of the University Senate Discipline Committee:
  • 2010: Visiting Scholar at the University of Queensland:
  • 2007: Member of the Executive Committee : British International Studies Association

Publications

Books: authored

Books: edited

Departmental working papers

Edited works: contributions

  • Williams, John C, (2013). 'Not in My name: Legitimate authority and Liberal Just War Theory'. In Just War: authority, tradition and practice. Lang, Anthony F., O'Driscoll, Cian & Williams, John C. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press. 63-80.
  • Williams, John (2010). The International Society - World Society Distinction. In The International Studies Encyclopedia. Denemark, Robert A. Oxford: Wiley. VII: 4562-4578.
  • Williams, John (2006). 'Order and Society'. In The Anarchical Society in a Globalized World. Little, Richard & Williams, John Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 13-34.
  • John Williams (2005). 'Hannah Arendt and an International Space In-Between'. In Hannah Arendt and International Relations. Anthony F.Lang Jr. & John Williams New York: Palgrave. 199-220.
  • John Williams with Anthony F. Lang, Jr. (2005). 'Introduction: Hannah Arendt and International Affairs'. In Hannah Arendt and International Relations. Anthony F.Lang Jr. & John Williams New York: Palgrave. 1-26.
  • John Williams (2002). 'Good International Citizenship'. In Global Citizenship: a Critical Reader. Nigel Dower & John Williams Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 41-52.

Journal papers: academic

Selected Grants

  • 2010: Just War (£27379.08 from United States Institute of Peace)
  • 2008: ISA ANNUAL CONVENTION (£500.00 from The British Academy)

Supervises