Kirsten Ainley, Ph.D.

k.a.ainley@lse.ac.uk

The London School of Economics and Political Science

Address: London School of Economics and Political Science

City: London, England - WC2A 2AE

Country: United Kingdom

About Me:

Dr. Kirsten Ainley is Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deputy Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub, which aims to accelerate progress towards gender justice and inclusive security in conflict-affected societies. She is also Principal Investigator on the Hybrid Justice project, which analyses the impact of ‘hybrid’ domestic-international criminal justice mechanisms in post-conflict and transitioning states. Her research focuses on international policy and practice in military, legal and development-focused interventions, and on the impacts of these interventions.  She has published on international criminal law, transitional justice, the International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect in journals such as International Journal of Transitional Justice, Ethics and International Affairs,London Review of International Law, International Affairs and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. Ainley is the co-author, with Chris Brown, of Understanding International Relations (2009) and co-editor (with Rebekka Friedman and Chris Mahony) of Evaluating Transitional Justice: Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone (2015). She has a PhD and an MSc in International Relations from the LSE and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. 

Research Interests

Conflict Processes & War

Development

Human Rights

International Law & Organization

Military Intervention

Gender and Politics

Specific Areas of Interest

Transitional Justice

International Criminal Justice

International Ethics

Responsibility To Protect

Law And Politics

Gender And Law

Violence And Gender

Gender And War

Women, Peace, Security

My Research:

My research is in the field of global ethics and is concerned very broadly with relationships between politics, law and ethics in international relations. I focus on the history and development of international criminal law, human rights and humanitarian intervention and have published on international criminal law, transitional justice, the International Criminal Court, the Responsibility to Protect and the notion of evil in international relations in journals such as International Journal of Transitional JusticeEthics and International Affairs, International Affairs and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. I am the co-author, with Chris Brown, of Understanding International Relations (2009) and co-editor (with Rebekka Friedman and Chris Mahony) of Evaluating Transitional Justice: Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone (2015).Selected Publications Evaluating the Evaluators: Transitional Justice and the Contest of Values.International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2017, 11 (3): 421-442.From Atrocity Crimes to Human Rights: Expanding the Focus of the Responsibility to ProtectGlobal Responsibility to Protect, 2017, 9 (3): 243-266.Ainley, Kirsten, Rebekka Friedman, & Chris Mahony (ed.s), “Evaluating Transitional Justice: Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone,” Palgrave, 2015.The Responsibility to Protect and the International Criminal Court: Counteracting the Crisis, International Affairs 2015, 91 (1): 37-54.Excesses of Responsibility: the Limits of Law and the Possibilities of PoliticsEthics & International Affairs 2011, 25 (4): 407-431.The International Criminal Court on Trial. Cambridge Review of International Affairs 2011, 24 (3): 309-333.