Jennifer Welsh

Fellow (Somerville); Professor of International Relations and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General for the Responsibility to Protect
BA Saskatchewan, MA DPhil Oxf
Oxford Martin School

Jennifer Welsh, Professor in International Relations, is a core member of Somerville’s PPE team, with a focus on the second and third year Politics papers in International Relations. She is also actively involved in graduate teaching and supervision within the Department of Politics and International Relations, concentrating on courses and theses related to International Normative Theory, International Relations Theory, and the use of military force in international society.

Jennifer is a Canadian national, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a masters and doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford. In 2006, she was the recipient of a prestigious Trudeau Fellowship, and in 2007 received a year-long fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to support her research.

Jennifer’s research interests lie at the intersection of ethics and armed conflict, with a particular focus on the United Nations Security Council, the practice of military intervention, and the evolving principle of the ‘responsibility to protect’. She currently co-directs the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), which has a rich programme of seminars and events open to members of the University. For a glimpse of ELAC’s activities, and more details of Professor Welsh’s publications, please visit

Professor Welsh is a frequent commentator on international affairs in both the Canadian and UK media, and writes a regular blog for the Canadian International Council. For a sample of her postings, please visit

Professor Welsh will be on secondment to the European University Institute from 2014-19.

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