Adam Roberts is Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for International Studies in Oxford University's Department of Politics and International Relations. He is also Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.
He is not able to act as supervisor for new graduate students.
He was President of the British Academy (2009-13). He is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics & Political Science (1997- ), of St Antony's College Oxford (2006- ), and of the University of Cumbria (2014- ). He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by King's College London (2010), Aberdeen University (2012), Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo (2012), and Bath University (2014). He is a Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011- ), and a Member of the American Philosophical Society (2013- ). He was a member of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (2002-8); member of the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board (2003-15); and member, Board of Advisers of the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare, at the United States Military Academy, West Point, September 2016– .
He was born in Penrith, England, on 29 August 1940. His first degree was BA in Modern History at Oxford University (1962). His interests include mountaineering and cycling.
His main research interests are in the fields of international security, international organizations, and international law (including the laws of war). He has also worked extensively on the role of civil resistance against authoritarian regimes and foreign rule, and on the history of thought about international relations. His ongoing research activities include work on books and articles related to the following two externally-funded research projects at Oxford University:
- Oxford University Programme on the Changing Character of War, January 2004-. Website: http://www.ccw.ox.ac.uk. (Member of Steering Committee, 2003-9.) Several publications listed below, including the edited book on The UN Security Council and War (2008), are products of this programme.
- Oxford University Project on Civil Resistance and Power Politics, January 2005- . Website: http://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/cis/cis-research-civil-resistance-and-power-politics-domestic-and-international-dimensions.html?cenid=47. (Chair, Organizing Committee, January 2005- .) The jointly-edited books on Civil Resistance and Power Politics (2009), and on Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters (2016), are the main products of this research project.
He is also working on a book on Liberal International Order.Political Theory United Nations Civil wars Ideology International law International order International organisations International relations International security Laws of war Social movements Violence security and conflict
Selective List of Publications
The Use of Force: A System of Selective Security, in Sebastian von Einsiedel, David M. Malone and Bruno Stagno Ugarte (eds.), The UN Security Council in the 21st Century, Lynne Rienner, Boulder, Colorado, 2016, pp. 349–71. ISBN 978-1-62637-258-0 (hardback); 978-1-62637-259-7 (paperback).
(edited with Michael J. Willis, Rory McCarthy & Timothy Garton Ash), Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016, xvi + 339 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-874902-8. Information on OUP websites for the USA and the rest of the world, incl. UK.
Terrorism Research: Past, Present and Future, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (published by Taylor & Francis), vol. 38, no. 1, January 2015 (published online 21 November 2014), pp. 62–74. ISSN 1057-610X (print), 1521-0731 (online). Available from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1057610X.2014.976011.
Addressing Violent Extremism: Lessons from Sri Lanka, Strategic Analysis (journal of Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, published by Taylor & Francis), vol. 38, no. 4, July 2014, pp. 409-15. ISSN 0970-0161 (Print), 1754-0054 (Online). Available from http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/xqVXtiwTVctxIvvTP7EY/full.
(editor) Democracy, Sovereignty and Terror: Lakshman Kadirgamar on the Foundations of International Order, I.B. Tauris, London, 2012. ISBN 978 1 84885 307 2. Information at Google Books website.
The Long Peace Getting Longer, Survival, London, vol. 54, no. 1, February-March 2012, pp. 175-83. (Review essay on Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of our Nature.)
Memoir of Professor Fred Halliday, Proceedings of the British Academy, 172: Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, X, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011, pp. 143-69.
(edited with Timothy Garton Ash) Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present, paperback edition with a new foreword on the Arab Spring, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011, xxv + 407 pp. (Hardback edition published in 2009.) ISBN 978-0-19-9691456. Information at OUP Oxford websiteand OUP-USA website.
Foreword to Gene Sharp, Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle: Language of Civil Resistance in Conflicts, Oxford University Press, New York, 2011, pp. ix-x. ISBN 978-0-19-982989-7 (hardback); 978-0-19-982988-0 (paperback). Details at OUP Oxford website and OUP-USA website.
Refugees and Military Intervention, in Alexander Betts and Gil Loescher (eds.), Refugees in International Relations, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011, pp. 213-35. ISBN 978-0-19-958074-3 (hardback); 978-0-19-959562-4 (paperback). Details at OUP Oxford website.
The Civilian in Modern War, in Hew Strachan and Sibylle Scheipers (ed.), The Changing Character of War, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011, pp. 357-80. ISBN 978-0-19-959673-7 (hardback). Details at OUP Oxford website.
Detainees: Misfits in Peace and War, in Sibylle Scheipers (ed.), Prisoners in War, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010, pp. 263-80. ISBN 978-0-19-957757-6. Details at OUP Oxford website.
Lives and Statistics: Are 90% of War Victims Civilians?, Survival, London, vol. 52, no. 3, June-July 2010, pp. 115-35.
An Incredibly Swift Transition: Reflections on the End of the Cold War, in Melvyn Leffler and Odd Arne Westad (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Cold War, vol. III, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010, pp. 513-34.
People Power: Berlin to Burma, The World Today, London, vol. 65, no. 11, November 2009.
Changing War, Changing Law (on 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions), The World Today, London, vol. 65, no. 89, August/September 2009.
Afghanistan and International Security, in Michael N. Schmitt (ed.), The War in Afghanistan: A Legal Analysis (US Naval War College, International Law Studies, vol. 85), Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 2009, pp. 3-42.
Doctrine and Reality in Afghanistan, Survival, London, vol. 51, no. 1, February-March 2009, pp. 29-60. Extracts etc. available at IISS website.
The Equal Application of the Laws of War: A Principle under Pressure, International Review of the Red Cross, Cambridge, no. 872, December 2008, pp. 931-62. Text available at ICRC website.
(with Dominik Zaum) Selective Security: War and the United Nations Security Council since 1945 (Adelphi Paper no. 395 of International Institute for Strategic Studies, London), Routledge, Abingdon, July 2008. Available on IISS website and Routledge website.
(edited with Vaughan Lowe, Jennifer Welsh and Dominik Zaum), The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945, Oxford University Press, June 2008. (Paperback edition April 2010.) Details available on OUP Oxford website and OUP-USA website.
International Relations after the Cold War, International Affairs, London, vol. 84, no. 2, March 2008, pp. 335-50. This article is extracted and adapted from valedictory lecture delivered at St Antony's College, Oxford, 23 October 2007.
Torture and Incompetence in the War on Terror, Survival, London, vol. 49, no. 1, Spring 2007, pp. 199-212. (Review essay.)
Air Power, Accuracy, and the Law of Targeting: Why No Brave New World?, in Richard B. Jaques (ed.), Issues in International Law and Military Operations (US Naval War College, International Law Studies, vol. 80), Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 2006, pp. 133-50.
Transformative Military Occupation: Applying the Laws of War and Human Rights, American Journal of International Law, Washington DC, vol. 100, no. 3, July 2006, pp. 580-622.
The War on Terror in Historical Perspective, Survival, London, vol. 47, no. 2, Summer 2005, pp. 101-30.
The End of Occupation: Iraq 2004, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, London, vol. 54, no. 1, January 2005, pp. 27-48.
Law and the Use of Force After Iraq, Survival, London, vol. 45, no. 2, Summer 2003, pp. 31-56.
The Laws of War in the War on Terror, in Fred L. Borch and Paul S. Wilson (eds.), International Law and the War on Terror (US Naval War College, International Law Studies, vol. 79), Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 2003, pp. 175-230. [Also published in Israel Yearbook on Human Rights, vol. 32.]
The Laws of War after Kosovo, in Andru E. Wall (ed.), Legal and Ethical Lessons of NATO's Kosovo Campaign (US Naval War College, International Law Studies, vol. 78), Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 2002, pp. 401-32. [Also published in Israel Yearbook on Human Rights, vol. 31.]
The So-called Right of Humanitarian Intervention, Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, vol. 3, 2000, T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague, 2002, pp. 3-51.
Implementation of the Laws of War in Late-Twentieth-Century Conflicts, in Michael N. Schmitt and Leslie C. Green (eds.), The Law of Armed Conflict: Into the Next Millennium (US Naval War College, International Law Studies, vol. 71), Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 1998, pp. 359-88. [Also published in two parts in Security Dialogue, Oslo, vol. 29, nos. 2 and 3, June and September 1998.]
Humanitarian Action in War: Aid, Protection and Impartiality in a Policy Vacuum (Adelphi Paper no. 305 of International Institute for Strategic Studies, London), Oxford University Press, December 1996.
Environmental Issues in International Armed Conflict: The Experience of the 1991 Gulf War, in Richard J. Grunawalt, John E. King and Ronald S. McClain (eds.), Protection of the Environment During Armed Conflict (US Naval War College, International Law Studies, vol. 69), Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 1996, pp. 222-77.
(edited with Benedict Kingsbury) United Nations, Divided World: The UN's Roles in International Relations, 2nd edn., Oxford University Press, 1993. [First published 1988.] Details available on OUP Oxford website and OUP-USA website.
Civil Resistance in the East European and Soviet Revolutions (Einstein Institution Monograph Series no. 4), The Albert Einstein Institution, Cambridge, Mass., 1991.
Prolonged Military Occupation: The Israeli-occupied Territories since 1967, American Journal of International Law, Washington DC, vol. 84, no. 1, January 1990, pp. 44-103.
(joint author) Terrorism and International Order, Routledge & Kegan Paul for Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, 1986.
Nations in Arms: The Theory and Practice of Territorial Defence, 2nd rev. edn., Macmillan for International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, 1986. [First published 1976.]
What is a Military Occupation?, The British Year Book of International Law 1984, Oxford University Press, 1985, pp. 249-305.
(with Philip Windsor) Czechoslovakia 1968: Reform, Repression and Resistance, Chatto & Windus for Institute for Strategic Studies, London, 1969.
(editor) The Strategy of Civilian Defence: Non-violent Resistance to Aggression, Faber, London, 1967.
Numerous articles published in Survival, International Affairs, The World Today, The Times Literary Supplement,International and Comparative Law Quarterly, International Security, Internationale Politik, Israel Yearbook on Human Rights, Arab Affairs and other journals.
See lists of research interests and publications.