Tomas Wallenius | Student | Profiles
Tomas Wallenius

 Tomas Wallenius

Research topic:
History of the Global Legal Order

Academic Profile

I am interested in International Relations theory, political theory and global international history. My current project outlines a new interpretation of the history of the global legal order. I argue that rethinking key dimensions of the conventional approach to studying the history of international law allows for a better understanding of the dynamics of international legal change. In empirical terms my current research provides a critique of the usual account of the making of the liberal international order, with particular reference to the roles played by Britain and the United States.

My multidisciplinary research engages with International Relations scholars, historians, international lawyers and political theorists. I have work experience from the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University as well as the Erik Castrén Institute of Human Rights and International Law at Helsinki University. Before the DPhil, I studied political science, contemporary history and international law at Helsinki, followed by International Relations at Oxford.

I am committed to engaging academic research with contemporary policy discussions as, for example, a founder and editor at The Ulkopolitist, which has become a leading Finnish-language publication on international relations.

I enjoy teaching and have extensive experience of this including International Relations theory, contemporary international relations, international relations in the era of the Cold War, international relations in the era of two world wars, international conflict and international political economy.


‘The Case for a History of Global Legal Practices’, European Journal of International Relations (online first, 19 December 2017)