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Catherine Lu

Associate Professor
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Research interests

International political theory; ancient and contemporary philosophical contributions to the study of international relations and global governance; ethical challenges of humanitarianism, intervention, and the use of force; justice and reconciliation after violence, oppression and atrocity; cosmopolitanism and its critics; and literature and philosophy.

Selected publications

“Tragedies and International Relations,” in Tragedy and International Relations, Toni Erskine and Richard Ned Lebow eds. (UK: Palgrave Macmillan), forthcoming 2011.

“Colonialism as Structural Injustice: Historical Responsibility and Contemporary Redress,” The Journal of Political Philosophy 19, 3 (forthcoming September 2011).

Just and Unjust Interventions in World Politics: Public and Private (Houndmills, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, [2006] paperback with new Afterword, February 2011).

 “The Politics of Legal Accountability and Genocide Prevention,” in Confronting Genocide (Ius Gentium book series: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice, Volume 7), René Provost and Payam Akhavan eds. (Dordrecht and New York: Springer Verlag), 2011), pp. 295-303.

“Colonialism as Structural Injustice and Implications for Responsibilities of Repair,” The Journal of Asiatic Studies (Korean language translation), 53, 2 (June 2010), 33-54.

¨Political Friendship Among Peoples,” Journal of International Political Theory 5, 1 (Spring 2009) 41-58.

 “Shame, Guilt and Reconciliation after War,” The European Journal of Social Theory 11, 3 (2008) 367-38.

“Justice and Reparations in World Politics,” in Reparations: Interdisciplinary Inquiries, eds. Rahul Kumar and Jon Miller (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 193-212.

“World Government,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2006 Edition)", Edward N. Zalta (ed.),

 “The International Criminal Court as an Institution of Moral Regeneration: Problems and Prospects,” Bringing Power to Justice, eds. Joanna Harrington, Michael Milde and Richard Vernon (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006), 191-209.

 “Whose Principles? Whose Institutions? Legitimacy Challenges for Humanitarian Intervention,” in Humanitarian Intervention, Nomos XLVII (Yearbook of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy), eds. Terry Nardin and Melissa Williams (New York: New York University Press, 2005), 188-216.

“Delivering the Goods and the Good: Repairing Moral Wrongs,” in Calling Power to Account: Law, Reparations, and the Chinese Canadian Head Tax Case, eds. David Dyzenhaus and Mayo Moran (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005), 147-164.

 “The one and many faces of cosmopolitanism,” The Journal of Political Philosophy 8, 2 (2000) 244-267.

“Images of justice:  justice as a bond, a boundary and a balance,” The Journal of Political Philosophy 6, 1 (1998) 1-26.


Other professional activities

Chair for the International Ethics Section of the International Studies Association (2010-12): http://www.isanet.org/ethics/.

Co-Convenor of Standing Group on International Political Theory of the European Consortium for Political Research: http://www.essex.ac.uk/ecpr/standinggroups/ipt/ipt.aspx.

Editorial Board, Journal of International Political Theory (University of Edinburgh Press), since 2008: http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/jipt

Editorial Board, Review of International Studies, flagship journal of the British International Studies Association (Cambridge University Press), since 2011:http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=RIS