Catherine Lu

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Contact Information

855 Sherbrooke St. W., Room 414
Montreal, Quebec
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PhD, University of Toronto

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Catherine Lu is Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill University, and Coordinator of the Research Group on Global Justice of the Yan P. Lin Centre. She received her PhD in 2000 from the University of Toronto. Her research and teaching interests intersect political theory and international relations, focusing on critical and normative studies of humanitarianism and intervention in world politics; theories and practices of justice and reconciliation; colonialism and structural injustice; and cosmopolitanism, global justice, and the world state. She is the author of Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and Just and Unjust Interventions in World Politics: Public and Private (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). She has received research fellowships from the School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University (2013), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010-11), and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University (2004-5). Lu serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Political Philosophy, The Journal of International Political Theory, and Politics, Groups, and Identities. She is also a Co-Convenor of the Standing Group on International Political Theory of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

Areas of interest: 

International political theory; critical and normative theory on humanitarianism; intervention and the use of force in world politics; conceptions of justice and reconciliation; cosmopolitanism and its critics; structural injustice and colonial international order; and literature and philosophy.

Current research: 
  • Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).
  • “Cosmopolitan Justice, Democracy and World Government,” Institutional Cosmopolitanism, Luis Cabrera ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 232-252.
  • "Decolonizing Borders, Self-Determination, and Global Justice," Empire, Race and Global Justice, Duncan Bell ed., (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
  • “The Right to Justification and the Good of Nonalienation,” in Justification and Emancipation: The Political Philosophy of Rainer Forst (Penn State Series in Critical Theory), ed. Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State University Press, forthcoming).
Selected publications: 

+Reprinted in Political Theory Without Borders, Robert E. Goodin and James S. Fishkin, eds. (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015), 237-259.

  • “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/New York: Springer Verlag, 2011), 295-303.
  • Just and Unjust Interventions in World Politics: Public and Private (Houndmills, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, [2006] paperback with new Afterword, February 2011).


Research areas: 
Political Theory
Associate Professor