Speaker Profiles

Professor Chris Brown, LSE

Chris Brown is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. He is the author of numerous articles in international political theory and of Practical Judgement in International Political Theory (2010), Sovereignty, Rights and Justice (2002), International Relations Theory: New Normative Approaches (1992), editor of Political Restructuring in Europe: Ethical Perspectives (1994) and co-editor of International Relations in Political Thought: Texts from the Greeks to the First World War (2002). His textbook Understanding International Relations (4th ed. 2009) has been translated into Arabic and Turkish. He was Chair of the British International Studies Association in 1998-1999 and taught at Kent and Southampton Universities before moving to LSE in 1999.

Dr Avia Pasternak, University of Essex

Dr Pasternak has been a lecturer in Political Theory at the Government Department of the University of Essex since 2010. She completed her D. Phil from Oxford University in 2007 and her postdoctorate at the programme on Global Justice at Stamford University and at the School of Public Policy in University Collge London.

Avia works in the field of analytical political theory. She is especially interested in issues of collective responsibility and of global justice. One set of questions that interests her is to what extent, and in what ways, citizens are complicit in, and share responsibility for, the unjust policies of their governments including human rights violations. Another is the conceptual relationship between dominant values and global justice principles.

Dr Laura Valentini, UCL

Laura Valentini holds a degree in Political Science from Pavia University (Italy), and a Master’s and PhD from University College London. Prior to joining UCL, she was a Junior Research Fellow at The Queen’s College (Oxford University), and a postdoctorate at the Center for Human Values (Princeton University). Laura has held visiting positions at the Australian National University, and at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (Uppsala).
Laura’s work is situated within contemporary liberal political philosophy. She is particularly interested in international normative theory and has recently completed a book, Justice in a Globalized World (Oxford University Press, 2011), in which she develops an account of global justice steering a middle course between statism and cosmopolitanism. She has published a number of articles on international justice, human rights, and ‘ideal vs. non-ideal theory’. She is currently investigating (i) the relationship between justice and democracy at both the domestic and the global level and (ii) the relationship between theories of the just war and theories of global justice.

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