Marco Moraes

Mr Marco Moraes

Research topic:
The League of Nations secretariat and internationalism in the interwar period
Degree course:

Research Themes:
United Nations Authority Conflict management Constitutions and Government Foreign Policy and diplomacy Global governance History Institutions and organisations International law International order International organisations Nationalism Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Constitutions, Institutions and Governments Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Political thought and ideologies Institutions and organisations Law and International law International organisations 

Academic Profile

Doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford (ESRC scholar), English-qualified lawyer with four years’ professional experience in top international law firm in London and Brussels.

My current DPhil research focuses on the League of Nations, and the emergence and practice of its secretariat as an independent actor in international relations. Drawing on original archival research in several sites worldwide (including the League of Nations archives in Geneva, the British National Archives in London, and the UN archives in New York), I am working on interpreting the different meanings of 'internationalism' in the diplomatic, legal, and political practice of the League. More broadly, I am interested on the history of internationalism, international law, and diplomatic practice as constitutive elements of international society; more broadly still, on the relationship between history and International Relations, and international law and politics.


Economic and Social Research Council 2+2 scholarship, University of Oxford (2015-2019)

Full ESRC scholarship, covering tuition and maintenance fees, for both MPhil and DPhil.

Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford (2016, 2015)

Winchester Award 2016 and Maurice Latey Award 2015 to fund participation at ISA conferences.

St Antony’s College, Oxford, (2017, 2016)

Student Travel and Research Grant to help fund participation at ISA conferences (2016 and 2017).

International Studies Association (ISA) (2017)

Travel grant from ISA to present paper at the 2017 Annual Convention in Baltimore.


Book Review:

'The Fight Against War', review of The Internationalists by Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro, BBC World Histories (October/November 2017)

Conference Papers and Presentations

European International Studies Association (EISA) Annual Convention, Barcelona (September 2017)

  • Presented a paper entitled “Creating the International - The Practice of Internationalism in the Secretariat of the League of Nations, 1918-1946", analysing the development of the League of Nations secretariat as an international civil service. 

International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, Baltimore (February 2017)

  • Presented a paper entitled “How international law shapes politics: the case of the International Criminal Court”, analysing the ICC’s potential to shape national and international law by political means.

International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, Atlanta (March 2016)

  • Presented a paper entitled “How the degree of independence of the UN impacts its capacity to influence state behaviour: the UN as a free agent and as a motor of international society”, analysing the UN’s role, in law and practice, in state-building missions in Kosovo, East Timor and Iraq.