IETHICS Leadership History

Antonio Franceschet is is Past Chair (2012-2014) of the International Ethics Section. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Kant and Liberal Internationalism: Sovereignty, Justice, and Global Reform (2002) and the editor of The Ethics of Global Governance (2009). He has published numerous articles on international theory, ethics, and law in Journal of International Political Theory, Journal of Global Ethics, Review of International Studies, and European Journal of International Relations, among others.

Catherine Lu is Past Chair (2010-2012) of the International Ethics Section Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. For 2010-11, she will be an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin, starting a new research project on the role of human rights in a theory of global justice. She is the author of Just and Unjust Interventions in World Politics: Public and Private (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and has published in theStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (on-line), The Journal of Political Philosophy, The European Journal of Social Theory, The Journal of International Political Theory, the Journal of International Law and International Relations, International Studies Review, Ethics and International Affairs, International Relations, and Review of International Studies. She is also a Co-convenor of the Standing Group in International Political Theory of the European Consortium for Political Research. She teaches courses in modern and contemporary political theory, international political theory, global justice, and human rights. 

Toni Erskine is Past Chair (2008-2010) of the International Ethics Section and Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Aberystwyth University.  She is also Senior Research Fellow in Global Ethics (2008-2011) at the Globalism Research Centre, RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and Associate Editor of the journal International Relations. Her research interests include the moral agency and responsibilities of formal organizations in world politics, the ethics of war, including issues of non-combatant immunity, torture, and intelligence collection, and communitarian and cosmopolitan conceptions of duty to those who are not one’s fellow citizens. She is author ofEmbedded Cosmopolitanism:  Duties to Strangers and Enemies in a World of ‘Dislocated Communities’(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008) and editor of the following books:   (with Richard Ned Lebow) Tragedy and International Relations (forthcoming, 2009); Responding to Delinquent Institutions:   Blaming, Punishing and Rehabilitating Collective Moral Agents in World Politics(forthcoming, 2009); and, Can Institutions Have Responsibilities? Collective Moral Agency and International Relations (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).  Toni received her PhD from Cambridge University, where she was also British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow.  E-Mail: 

Mervyn Frost D.Phil. (Stellenbosch), is Past Chair (2006-2008) of the International Ethics Section and Head of the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London.  He was educated at the University of Stellenbosch and subsequently, as a Rhodes Scholar, he read Politics at Oxford.  He held lectureships at the University of Cape Town and at Rhodes University before being appointed to the Chair of Politics and Head of Department at the University of Natal in Durban in 1986.  In 1996 he was appointed Professor of International Relations at the University of Kent in Canterbury.  His research interest is in the field of ethics in international relations. His publications include: Towards a Normative Theory of International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 1986), Ethics in International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Constituting Human Rights: Global Civil Society and the Society of Democratic States (London, Routledge, 2002) and Global Ethics: Anarchy, Freedom and International Relations (Routledge, 2008).  He has published in Political Studies, The Review of International Studies, International Relations, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Theoria and Millennium: Journal of International Studies. E-Mail:

Molly Cochran is Past Chair (2004-2006) of the International Ethics Section and is Associate Professor of International Relations and Director of Undergraduate Programs at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Tech. She was awarded her PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1997. She taught at the University of Bristol prior her appointment at Georgia Tech in 1999. In 2002-2003 she worked at the London office of Human Rights Watch on a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. Her book, Normative Theory in International Relations: a Pragmatic Approach was published by Cambridge University Press in 1999. She is editing the Cambridge Companion to John Dewey and will publish “Charting the Ethics of the English School: What ‘Good’ is there in a Middle-Ground Ethics?” in the March 2009 issue of International Studies Quarterly. In addition, she has published articles on the topics of ethics and international relations, international public spheres and cosmopolitan democracy, and American pragmatism, IR, and social science in The Review of International Studies, European Journal of International Relations, and Millennium.  E-mail:

Anthony F. Lang, Jr. is Past Chair (2002-2003) of the International Ethics Section and Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He focuses on international political theory, with attention to questions of international law, intervention, foreign policy, national security, global governance and Middle East politics. He received his BA in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1990 and his MA and PhD in political science from the Johns Hopkins University in 1996.  From 1996-2000, Tony was an assistant professor of political science at the American University in Cairo. From 2000-2003, he served as a program officer at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York City.  While at the Council, Tony ran programs on religion and international affairs and ethics and the use of force.  During the academic year 2003-2004, he was an assistant professor of political science at Albright College. He has been at the University of St Andrews since 2004.  His publications include Agency and Ethics: The Politics of Military Intervention (SUNY, 2002) and Punishment, Justice and International Relations: Ethics and Order after the Cold War (Routledge, 2008), along with a number of edited volumes, journal articles and book chapters.  From 2006-2008, he is the programme chair of the Human Rights Section of ISA. He serves on the editorial board of Ethics & International Affairs (HTTP://WWW.CCEIA.ORG/RESOURCES/JOURNAL/INDEX.HTML) and is associate editor for the Journal of International Political Theory (HTTP://IPT-JOURNAL.ORG/DEFAULT.ASPX).  E-mail:

William F. Felice is Past Chair (1998-1999) of the International Ethics Section and professor of political science and head of the International Relations and Global Affairs discipline at Eckerd College. Dr. Felice was named the 2006 Florida Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In addition, Felice has received Eckerd College's John M. Bevan Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award (2005), and he has been recognized by the students as Professor of the Year (2003) and by the faculty as the Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher of the Year (1999).
Felice is the author of Taking Suffering Seriously: The Importance of Collective Human Rights (State University of New York Press, 1996), The Global New Deal: Economic and Social Human Rights in World Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), and How Do I Save My Honor: War, Moral Integrity, and Principled Resignation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). He has published articles on the theory and practice of human rights in the Cambridge Review of International AffairsEthics and International Affairs, Human Rights Quarterly, International Affairs, Social Justice, and other journals. Felice received his Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at New York University. He has served as a trustee on the board of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Relations.



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