International Relations (2015 cohort)
My research examines the development of international law and institutions, focusing on the League of Nations and the UN and how they could and can be – in law and in practice - independent agents. It examines the different practices of internationalism which evolved within these organisations.
It uses legal and historical analysis, as well as classical and modern IR theories, within a broader historical sociological framework (considering institutional history, structure and individual agency) to explore how organisations can move from being an expression of international social practices to being a constitutional instrument.
Particularly, it studies this move in certain underexplored areas, such as the development of the international secretariat of the League of Nations and in the early years of the UN, to show how a culture of organisation can be shaped in practice, translating a philosophy of history into a maieutic role as a midwife of international institutional change.
Before my doctorate, I completed the MPhil in International Relations at Oxford (Distinction, 2017). I did my BSc. in International Relations at the LSE (1st Class, 2009), after which I qualified as a lawyer and worked in an international law firm in London and Brussels for a few years.