Kirsten Ainley

Dr Kirsten Ainley

Senior Fellow/Associate Professor


BA(Hons) (Oxford), MSc, PGCertHE, PhD (LSE)

Contact details
+61 2 6125 3341
Room: 2.09
Building: Hedley Bull Building

Kirsten Ainley joined the Department of International Relations in mid-2020. Coming from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations, Kirsten’s research interests lie in the field of global ethics, where she is concerned about the relationships between politics, law, and ethics in international relations.

More specifically, Kirsten focuses on the history and development of international criminal law, human rights and humanitarian intervention and has published on international criminal law, transitional justice, the International Criminal Court, the Responsibility to Protect, and the notion of evil in international relations in journals such as Ethics and International Affairs, the International Journal of Transitional Justice, International Affairs, and Global Responsibility to Protect. She is the co-author, with Chris Brown, of Understanding International Relations (2009) and co-editor (with Rebekka Friedman and Chris Mahony) of Evaluating Transitional Justice: Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone (2015).

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