About us

The School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews is one of the few in the UK solely dedicated to international studies and the only one of its kind in Scotland. It is recognised globally for the exceptional quality of its research and teaching.

In addition to an MLitt programme in International Political Theory (IPT), the School of IR is home to a vibrant community of research students who work on the international dimensions of various political and social theories. Faculty members and postgraduate students are currently conducting research on topics and thinkers such as human rights; ethics of war; forgiveness; structural violence; political evil; friendship and enmity; Aristotle; Hobbes; Arendt; Heidegger; and Foucault.

The School of IR is also home to a leading journal in the field, Journal of International Political Theory, and the Centre for Global Constitutionalism. The School held major IPT conferences in 2008, with a keynote address by Professor Seyla Benhabib (Yale University), and in 2010, with a keynote address by Professor Fred Dallmayr (University of Notre Dame). After the successful 1st St Andrews Graduate Conference in IPT in 2013, with a keynote address by Professor David Boucher (Cardiff University), the 2nd St Andrews Graduate Conference in IPT in 2014, with a keynote address by Professor Patrick Hayden (University of St Andrews), and the 3rd St Andrews Graduate Conference in IPT in 2015, with a keynote address by Emeritus Professor John Dunn (University of Cambridge), and most recently 4th St Andrews Graduate Conference in IPT in 2016 with a keynote addressed by Kimberly Hutchings (Queen Mary University)

The Conference is organised by St Andrews students. The organisers aim to offer fellow postgraduate students and early career researchers an opportunity to present and discuss their work in a stimulating and friendly academic environment, among peers with similarly oriented research interests.

The 2016 Conference is graciously, and invaluably, funded and supported by the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.

Organising team 2017: Holly Marshall and Rebecca Wilson