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Prof  James Pattison - Personal details


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Role: Professor of Politics


Tel: 0161 275-4931

Location: Arthur Lewis Building-4.052
School of Social Sciences
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




James Pattison is Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester. His work focuses on the ethical issues surrounding conflict, at the intersection between political philosophy and International Relations. Pattison has written two books (both with Oxford University Press) and published over 20 journal articles since 2007, including in the British Journal of Political Scienc, Ethics & International Affairs, European Journal of International Relations, International Theory, Journal of Political Philosophy, and Review of International Studies. He currently co-edits a book series on War, Conflict, and Ethics (with Michal Gross) for Routledge. Pattison’s CV can be downloaded here.

Current Work

His research interests currently lie in three related areas: (1) Just War Theory and the alternatives to war; (2) humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect (R2P); and (3) the use of private military and security companies.

On (1): He is currently writing a book, provisionally entitled Just and Unjust Alternatives to War (under contract with Oxford University Press). This will consider what should be done in immediate response to mass atrocities and conflict, instead of direct military intervention or war. This includes quiet diplomacy, naming and shaming, economic sanctions, nonviolent resistance, arming rebel groups, and inducements. This research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Ref AH/LOO3783/1). His papers on diplomacy, sanctions, and arming rebels are available to download on

On (2): He is currently a co-investigator on an ESRC Seminar Series on the R2P and the rising powers. His first book, Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: Who Should Intervene? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010) was awarded a 'Notable Book Award' in 2011 by the International Studies Association (International Ethics Section). He has also completed on a four-volume ‘Major Work’ on humanitarian intervention (published in 2014) for Sage’s ‘Library of International Relations’ series.

On (3): His second book, The Morality of Private War: The Challenge of Private Military and Security Companies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) considers in detail the ethical problems raised by the privatisation of war. This was based on research carried during an ESRC-funded project, "The Morality of Private War", 2010-2012 (RES-000-22-4042). This was awarded 'Outstanding' (the highest possible grade) in the End of Award Assessment.




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