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Boston College
conventional arms, small arms, arms trade, sanctions, arms embargoes, laws of war, defense technology, European Union foreign policy
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Jennifer L. Erickson is the White Family Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Boston College. Her research sits at the intersection of international security and global governance and deals in particular with small arms and the conventional arms trade, sanctions and arms embargoes, and the laws and norms of war.

Erickson’s book, Dangerous Trade: Conventional Arms Exports, Human Rights, and International Reputation (2015) explains why major arms exporting democracies have come to support new humanitarian arms trade policies and agreements, like the UN Arms Trade Treaty, intended to restrict small and major conventional arms exports to human rights violators and conflict zones. Her current book project, Norms at War, examines the how and why laws and norms of war emerge or are adapted in response to new weapons technologies in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Recent Publications

Dangerous Trade: Arms Exports, Human Rights, and International Reputation, Columbia University Press (2015)

Leveling the Playing Field: Cost Diffusion and the Promotion of “Responsible” Arms Export Norms. International Studies Perspectives. (Forthcoming, available online)

Saint or Sinner? Human Rights and US Support for the Arms Trade Treaty. Political Science Quarterly 130 (3):449-74.

Market Imperative Meets Normative Power: Human Rights and European Arms Transfer Policy. European Journal of International Relations 19 (2):209-234.

Stopping the Legal Flow of Weapons: Compliance with Arms Embargoes, 1981-2004. Journal of Peace Research 50 (2):159-174.

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