James Pattison is Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester.
His research interests currently lie in three related areas: (i) humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect (R2P); (ii) the use of private military and security companies, and (iii) Just War Theory and the alternatives to war.
On (i): His first monograph, Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: Who Should Intervene?, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. This book was awarded a ‘Notable Book Award’ in 2011 by the International Studies Association (International Ethics Section) and has recently been published in paperback, with a new preface on the intervention in Libya. His PhD on humanitarian intervention was awarded the Sir Ernest Barker Prize for Best Dissertation in Political Theory by the Political Studies Association. More recently, he has completed on a four-volume ‘Major Work’ on humanitarian intervention (published in 2014) for Sage in their Library of International Relations series. He is currently a co-investigator on an ESRC Seminar Series on the R2P and the rising powers.
On (ii): His second monograph is on the ethical issues surrounding the use of private military and security companies, The Morality of Private War: The Challenge of Private Military and Security Companies (Oxford University Press, 2014). This was based on research carried during an ESRC-funded project, “The Morality of Private War”, 2010-2012 (RES-000-22-4042). This has recently been awarded ‘Outstanding’ (the highest possible grade) in the End of Award Assessment.
On (iii): He is currently working on an AHRC-funded project on the ethics of the alternatives to war (AHRC Ref AH/LOO3783/1). This will consider the normative case for the alternatives to war, such as diplomatic criticism, arming rebel groups, and nonviolent resistence, and their relation to Just War Theory. He has published various articles on the ethics of force, including in the British Journal of Political Science, Ethics & International Affairs, International Theory, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Journal of Political Philosophy, and Review of International Studies.
Before joining Manchester, he was a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
His CV can be downloaded here.