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Sir Adam Roberts
Honourary Professor

Adam Roberts is an Honorary Professor at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. He is also Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for International Studies in Oxford University’s Department of Politics and International Relations and an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He was the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University from 1986 to the end of 2007.


His main research interests are in the fields of international security, international organizations, and international law (including the laws of war). He has also worked extensively on the role of civil resistance against dictatorial regimes and foreign rule,on terrorist campaigns in recent centuries, and on the history of thought about international relations. He is not able to act as supervisor for new graduate students.


He was President of the British Academy (2009–13). He is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics & Political Science, and of St Antony’s College Oxford. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by King’s College London (2010), Aberdeen University (2012), and Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo (2012). He is a Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011- ), and a Member of the American Philosophical Society (2013- ). He was a member of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (2002–8); of the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board (2003–15); and of the Board of Advisers of the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare, at the United States Military Academy, West Point, September 2016– .