SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Stephen Hopgood

BSc (Bristol) DPhil (Oxon)
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Stephen Hopgood
Governance and Compliance Directorate

Pro-Director (International)

Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor of International Relations

Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice


London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Professor Stephen Hopgood
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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.



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