Adam Bower

Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Director, CGLG
Steering Committee, Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research

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Pillars: peace and security; rights and ethics

Keywords: IR theory; norms; weapons; international humanitarian law; international justice; outer space


Adam joined the School of International Relations in October 2015. His research explores how international law and norms shape the behaviour of actors in the international system. Theoretically, he works primarily within the constructivist IR tradition and its intersection with processes of contestation and strategic action. Substantively, his work addresses questions of institutional change and efficacy concerning conventional weapons disarmament, international justice (International Criminal Court), and space governance.

In addition to his roles with the CGLG and ILCR, Adam is also a member of the St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science and a Fellow at the Outer Space Institute, a global network of space experts. Adam was previously a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford (Department of Politics and International Relations and Nuffield College) and a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 2012.


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