Professor of International Political Theory

School of IR profile

Pillars: ethics and rights; peace and security

Keywords: international ethics; global constitutionalism; international legal theory; responsibility; intervention; human rights; Hannah Arendt; Aristotle


Anthony F Lang Jr (Tony) is a Professor of International Political Theory at the University of St Andrews. He received his PhD in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University in 1996. He was an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the American University in Cairo from 1996 through 2000, followed by service as a programme officer at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs from 2000 through 2003. He has been at the University of St Andrews since 2004 where he has served as the School of International Relations Head of School (2016-2019) and founded the Centre for Global Constitutionalism (the early iteration of the Centre for Global Law and Governance).

Tony’s research focuses on the intersection of ethics, law and politics at the global level. He has written on global constitutionalism, the just war tradition, political responsibility, human rights, humanitarian intervention, and the political theory of Hannah Arendt, Hans Morgenthau, and Aristotle. His publications can be found at and he tweets @ProfTonyLang.



Edited with Mathias Albert, The Politics of International Political Theory: Reflections on the Works of Chris Brown (London: Palgrave, 2018).

Edited with Antje Wiener, Handbook on Global Constitutionalism (London: Edward Elgar, 2017)

Introduction to International Political Theory (London: Palgrave, 2014).

Punishment, Justice and International Relations: Ethics and Order after the Cold War (London: Routledge, 2008).

Agency and Ethics: The Politics of Military Intervention (Albany: SUNY Press, 2002).


“Constructing Universal Values” Ethics & International Affairs. Accepted for publication July 2020.

“Remaking the World in America‚Äôs Image: Surprise, Strategic Culture and the American Ways of Intervention” with Michael Boyle, Foreign Policy Analysis. Accepted for publication 15 June 2020.

“Thomas Hobbes and a ‘Chastened’ Global Constitution: Contesting the Boundaries of the Law” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 19, 1 (January 2016): 103-119.

“The Impact of the Security Council on the Efficacy of the International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect” with Aidan Hehir, Criminal Law Forum 26, 1 (March 2015): 153-179.

“Constitutions are the Answer! Hannah Arendt, Revolution and the Arab Uprisings” in Kai Hiruta, ed., Hannah Arendt on Freedom, Liberation and Revolution (London: Palgrave, 2019): 225-254.

“Climate Change and Cosmopolitan Responsibilities” with Helga Halfadattatoir in Richard Beardsworth, Garrett Wallace Brown, and Richard Shapcott eds., The State and Cosmopolitan Responsibilities (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019): 183-202.

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