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Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor Stephen Hopgood

BSc (Bristol) DPhil (Oxon)


Stephen Hopgood
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)

Associate Dean (Research)

Department of Politics and International Studies

Programme Convenor- Conflict Rights and Justice

Doctoral School

Associate Dean (Research)(Law and Social Sciences)

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

Reader in International Relations

Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice (CCRJ)


Professor Stephen Hopgood
Email address:
+44 (0)20 7898 4738
SOAS, University of London
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Dr Stephen Hopgood is Professor of International Relations and co-Director of the Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice (CCRJ) at SOAS. He is also the Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences.  His main area of interest is the international politics of human rights, including the sociology of human rights advocacy. From 2009-2012, he held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship which culminated in the book, The Endtimes of Human Rights (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013). This follows on from his ethnography of Amnesty International, Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006), which won the American Political Science Association Best Book in Human Rights Award in 2007. He has a D Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford. His recent publications include  'The Last Rites for Humanitarian Intervention: Darfur, Sri Lanka and R2P,' in the journal Global Responsibility to Protect, vol. 6 (2014) and for a recent blog post see Open democracy website.


  • International politics of human rights,
  • Humanitarianism and international justice
  • Theories of the state


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Authored Books

Hopgood, Stephen (2006) Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press.

Hopgood, Stephen (1998) American Foreign Environmental Policy and the Power of the State. Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

Hopgood, Stephen (2015) 'Twentieth Century Institutions for a Twenty-First Century World.' In: Cherif Bassiouni , M. , (ed.), Globalization and Its Impact on the Future of Human Rights and International Criminal Justice. Cambridge: Intersentia, pp. 87-98.

Hopgood, Stephen and Vinjamuri, Leslie (2012) 'Faith in Markets.' In: Barnett, Michael and Stein, Janice, (eds.), Sacred Aid: Faith and Humanitarianism. Oxford University Press.

Hopgood, Stephen (2008) 'Saying "No" to Wal-Mart? Money and Morality in Professional Humanitarianism.' In: Barnett, Michael and Weiss, Thomas G., (eds.), Humanitarianism in question : politics, power, ethics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, pp. 98-123.

Hopgood, Stephen (2005) 'Tamil Tigers, 1987-2002.' In: Gambetta, D., (ed.), Making Sense of Suicide Missions. Oxford University Press, pp. 43-76.

Hopgood, Stephen (2003) 'Looking beyond the "K-Word": Embedded Multilateralism in American Foreign Environmental Policy.' In: Foot, R. and Neil MacFarlane, S. and Mastanduno, M., (eds.), US Hegemony and International Organizations. Oxford University Press, pp. 139-164.


Hopgood, Stephen (2014) 'The Last Rites for Humanitarian Intervention: Darfur, Sri Lanka and R2P.' Global Responsibility to Protect, 6 (2). pp. 181-205.

Hopgood, Stephen (2000) 'Reading the Small Print in Global Civil Society: The Inexorable Hegemony of the Liberal Self.' Millennium: Journal of International Studies, vol. 2 . pp. 1-25.


Hopgood, Stephen (2007) The Politics of Moral Authority. London, UK: School of Oriental and African Studies. (Unpublished)

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