Dr Dennis Schmidt

Dr Dennis Schmidt

Lecturer, Political and Cultural Studies

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dennis R. Schmidt is a Lecturer in International Relations and the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies at the Department for Politics and Cultural Studies at Swansea University. He has held fellowships and visiting posts at George Washington University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Tübingen.

Dennis’s research revolves around two, interconnected issues. First is the politics and ethics of international law and institutions, where he focuses on the normative dynamics of the laws of war and international criminal justice. Second is the area of international relations theory, including international political theory, where he concentrates on pluralism, human dignity, and the ethics of global governance.

He is currently working on a British Academy-funded project that looks at the contribution of hybrid internationalized criminal courts to global justice.

Dennis is the recipient of the ISA’s International Law Section’s Best Paper Award, and his PhD thesis on normative hierarchy in international society has been shortlisted for the BISA Michael Nicholson Prize.

He is a regular contributor to various media outlets, including The Conversation, Just Security, and Die Zeit.


Areas Of Expertise

  • International Relations theory
  • International political theory
  • The politics and ethics of international law
  • Laws of war
  • International institutions
  • International criminal justice

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

International Relations theory
Global Ethics
Just war theory
International criminal Justice
International organisations
Global governance
Law in international relations
Global order