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Dr Dennis Schmidt

Dr Dennis Schmidt

Senior Lecturer, Politics, Philosophy and International Relations

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dennis R. Schmidt is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and International Relations at Swansea University. He has held fellowships and visiting posts at George Washington University, the LSE (Centre for International Studies), and the University of Tübingen.

Dennis’ research focuses on international order and global governance in theory and practice. He is interested in how international law shapes, and is shaped by, changing ideas and patterns of global order, and how these changes affect the constitution and morality of global governance. He has published on international norms and institutions, pluralism and global order, and the normative foundations of international law in journals such as International Theory, Review of International Studies, and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

He is currently working on two interconnected projects. The first is a book-length theoretical study of the role international law plays in maintaining and transforming global order, with a specific focus on decoloniality, ethical diversity, and practices of inclusion and exclusion. The second is a British Academy funded project on international criminal justice that explores the relationship between universal and local values, cultural identities, and obligations.

In addition to various departmental roles (Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, MA IR programme director, ethics committee liaison), he currently serves as the International Studies Association’s English School section programme chair.   

Beyond academia, Dennis has been a regular contributor to various blogs and media outlets, including The Conversation, Just Security, Zeit Online, and the Washington Post (The Monkey Cage blog).

Areas Of Expertise

  • International Order
  • Global Governance
  • International Law
  • International Relations Theory
  • Ethics in International Relations

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