SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor Stephen Hopgood

BSc (Bristol), DPhil (Oxon)
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Stephen Hopgood
Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice


London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


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Dr Stephen Hopgood is Professor of International Relations. His main area of interest is the international politics of humanitarianism and 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) named by the Guardian as one of the top ten books on international struggle. 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 where he was a student at Nuffield College.


PhD Students supervised
  • Elke Selter, The International Politics of Heritage and their Impact on Conflict Transformation (working title)
  • Morgane Dussud,
  • Sena Galazzi Lian, Saving' Myanmar One Day at a Time: the Everyday Lives of NGO Workers in Yangon (Working title)


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


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Authored Books

Hopgood, Stephen (2013) The Endtimes of Human Rights. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

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.


Hopgood, Stephen (2019) 'When the Music Stops: Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order'. Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, (1) 1, pp 4-14.

Hopgood, Stephen (2016) 'Law and lawyers in a world after virtue'. London Review of International Law, (4) 3, pp 451-466.

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 (2010) 'Dignity and Ennui: Amnesty International, Amnesty International Report 2009: The State of the World's Human Rights, London: Amnesty International Publications'. Journal of Human Rights Practice, (2) 1, pp 151-165.

Hopgood, Stephen (2009) 'Moral authority, modernity, and the politics of the sacred'. European Journal of International Relations, (15) 2, pp 229-256.

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.

Edited Books or Journals

Hopgood, Stephen and Snyder, Jack and Vinjamuri, Leslie, (eds.), (2017) Human Rights Futures. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

Hopgood, Stephen (2018) 'Human Rights on the Road to Nowhere'. In: Hopgood, Stephen and Snyder, Jack and Vinjamuri, Leslie, (eds.), Human Rights Futures. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp 283-310.

Hopgood, Stephen and Snyder, Jack and Vinjamuri, Leslie (2017) 'Conclusion: Human Rights Futures'. In: Hopgood, Stephen and Snyder, Jack and Vinjamuri, Leslie, (eds.), Human Rights Futures. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp 311-330.

Hopgood, Stephen and Snyder, Jack and Vinjamuri, Leslie (2017) 'Introduction: Human Rights Past, Present and Future'. In: Hopgood, Stephen and Snyder, Jack and Vinjamuri, Leslie, (eds.), Human Rights Futures. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, pp 1-23.

Hopgood, Stephen (2017) 'Modernity at the Cutting Edge: Human Rights meets FGM'. In: Barnett, Michael N, (ed.), Paternalism Beyond Borders. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, pp 256-291.

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 (2014) 'The Endtimes of human rights'. In: Lettinga, Doutje and van Troost, Lars, (eds.), Debating the Endtimes of Human Rights: Activism and Institutions in a Post-Westphalian World. Amsterdam: Amnesty International Netherlands, pp 11-18.

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

Hopgood, Stephen (2011) 'Amnesty International’s Growth and Development Since 1961'. In: de Jonge, Wilco (et al.), (ed.), Amnesty International 50 Years Reflections and Perspectives. Utrecht: Utrecht University Press, pp 75-101.

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: 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 MacFarlane, S. Neil and Mastanduno, M., (eds.), US Hegemony and International Organizations. 296: Oxford University Press, pp 139-164.

Monographs and Working Papers

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


Hopgood, Stephen (2015) 'Interview' E-International Relations.

Hopgood, Stephen (2014) 'The End of Human Rights' Washington Post, January 3rd 2014.

Hopgood, Stephen (2013) 'It begins and ends with power. openGlobalRights [online]' openDemocracy/openGlobalRights.

Hopgood, Stephen (2013) 'Human Rights: Past Their Sell-By Date. openGlobalRights [online]'.


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