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SoSS colleague wins Best Article 2017 in leading journal

(26 October 2017)

Dr Jess Gifkins, School of Social Sciences, along with her co-author Professor Jason Ralph, University of Leeds, has won the European Journal of International Relations (EJIR) Best Article for 2017.

The journal publishes peer review content across the whole of International Relations and reflects global subjects and cutting edge theory debates. EJIR has become a major independent voice in the worldwide scholarly debates about international relations.

The article entitled, ‘The purpose of United Nations Security Council practice: Contesting competence claims in the normative context created by the Responsibility to Protect’ analyses the UN Security Council’s negotiations on crises in Libya and Syria. It argues that the practices used by ‘permanent members’ (ie France, the UK and the US) during negotiations on Libya, subsequently limited their ability to build and sustain a collective consciousness in responding to atrocities in Syria. The article draws on interviews with diplomats who were directly involved in these negotiations.

Jess said: “The European Journal of International Relations is a stellar journal, and it’s an honour our article was chosen for this award.”

You can find out more about Jess, and her award, in an upcoming Spotlight On…feature.