Professor Jason Ralph

Professor Jason Ralph


Jason Ralph is Professor of International Relations and former Head of the School of Politics and International Studies. He is also Honorary Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland. He is author of three books including America’s War on Terror (OUP 2013) and Defending the Society of States (OUP 2007).

His most recent work is on the Responsibility to Protect and international society, including “What Should be Done? Pragmatic Constructivist Ethics and the Responsibility to Protect” International Organization 2018, and (with Jess Gifkins) ‘The purpose of UN Security Council Practice. Contesting Competence Claims in the Normative context created by the Responsibility to Protect”, which was awarded best article to be published by the European Journal of International Relations in 2017.

He has been the recipient of research awards from the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, Research Councils UK, and the European Union, including a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship 2014-2016. His work during this fellowship was nominated for a Marie Curie Prize Award in the area of “contributing to society”. Central to this was his role as a founding director of the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, which is based at the University of Leeds.


  • Co-Editor European Journal of International Security
  • Honorary Professor, University of Queensland

Research interests

Professor Ralph is working on a book project called “On Global Learning. Pragmatism, International Norms and the challenges of Global Governance”. His recently completed project (with Jess Gifkins and Samuel Jarvis) was funded by the British Academy. It examined the role, reputation and responsibilities of the United Kingdom as a permanent member of the UN Security Council after its decision to leave the European Union. This is one part of his broader research agenda, which in this case asks how a pragmatism informs British foreign policy and global governance in the context and "Brexit" and shifting global power balances.


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Student education

Professor Ralph teaches on the following modules:

  • International Politics
  • Global Governance
  • Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute

Research groups and institutes

  • European Centre for Responsibility to Protect

Current postgraduate researchers

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