Catherine Lu

Associate Professor

PhD University of Toronto

catherine [dot] lu [at] mcgill [dot] ca profile

Research interests

International political theory; ancient and contemporary philosophical contributions to the study of international relations and global governance; 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.

Research positions at McGill

Coordinator, Research Group on Global Justice (RGGJ), of the Yan P. Lin Centre on the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds.  For more information:

Associate Director, Institute for the Study of International Development (start September 1, 2016).  For more information:

Current projects

Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming December 2017).

“Cosmopolitan Justice, Democracy and World Government,” Institutional Cosmopolitanism, Luis Cabrera ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017), Chapter 10.

Selected publications

Reconciliation and Reparations,” The Oxford Handbook of Ethics of War, Helen Frowe and Seth Lazar eds. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), Chapter 29, on-line DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199943418.013.17

¨Tragedies and International Relations,” in Tragedy and International Relations, Toni Erskine and Richard Ned Lebow eds. (Houndmills, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 158-171.

World Government”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <>.

Colonialism as Structural Injustice: Historical Responsibility and Contemporary Redress,” The Journal of Political Philosophy 19, 3 (September 2011) 261-281.

+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).

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

Other professional activities

Co-Convenor of Standing Group on International Political Theory of the European Consortium for Political Research, re-elected 2016.  For more information:

Editorial Board, Journal of International Political Theory (Sage), since 2008.  For more information:

Editorial Board, Journal of Political Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), since January 2017.  For more information:

Editorial Board, Politics, Groups, and Identities (Taylor and Francis), since January 2017.  For more information: