Jennifer Welsh

Jennifer M. Welsh is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security at McGill University. She was previously Professor and Chair in International Relations at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and Professor in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where she co-founded the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. From 2013-2016, she served as the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on the Responsibility to Protect.

Professor Welsh is the author, co-author, and editor of several books and articles on humanitarian intervention, the evolution of the notion of the ‘responsibility to protect’ in international society, the UN Security Council, and Canadian foreign policy. Her most recent books include The Individualization of War (2024), The Return of History: Conflict, Migration and Geopolitics in the 21st century (2016), which was based on her CBC Massey Lectures, and The Responsibility to Prevent: Overcoming the Challenges of Atrocity Prevention (2015). She was a former recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and a Trudeau Fellowship, and from 2014-2019 has directed a five-year European Research Council-funded project called “The Individualisation of War: Reconfiguring the Ethics, Law and Politics of Armed Conflict”. She is also a frequent media commentator on international affairs and Canadian foreign policy.

Professor Welsh sits on the editorial boards of the journals Global Responsibility to Protect, International Journal, and Ethics and International Affairs, and on the Advisory Boards of the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. She has a BA from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), and a Masters and Doctorate from the University of Oxford (where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar).

Professor Welsh also co-hosts with Frédéric Mérand (Chair, University of Montreal, Department of Political Scienc) the Tour de Table podcast. Every episode they are joined by leading scholars and policy makers for a bilingual discussion of the political, economic, and security challenges confronting our world, and whether and how Canada is prepared to address them.

Les animateurs Frédéric Mérand (Directeur, Département de science politique de l’Université de Montréal) et Jennifer Welsh (Directrice, Center for International Peace and Security Studies) sont rejoints par des spécialistes et décideur.euse.s politiques éminent.e.s pour une discussion bilingue consacrée aux enjeux politiques, économiques et géopolitiques qui touchent le Canada.

Course offered:

Core Policy Course: The Global Political and Policy Landscape


Ph.D., University of Oxford (International Relations)

MA, University of Oxford (International Relations)

BA, University of Saskatchewan 

Research Projects

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