Directors

Dr Adam Bower

Adam Bower is lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He was previously a SSHRC Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and a Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow at Nuffield College (2013-2015). From 2012-2013 he was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Adam’s research is concerned with understanding how international law transforms global politics, and how political forces shape the development and efficacy of the law. More specifically, he examines how legal institutions – especially multilateral treaties – shape the conduct of actors by instantiating new social expectations about appropriate behaviour (norms) in the international system. Empirically, he explores this theme principally in the fields of disarmament and international humanitarian and criminal law. His teaching interests are informed by this broad research agenda, and span IR theory, international law, and international organizations and governance.

Dr Mateja Peter

Mateja Peter is lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Previously, she worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), where she continues to collaborate on a number of projects. She has also held a transatlantic post-doctoral fellowship (TAPIR) at the United States Institute of Peace, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, and the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies. Mateja received her PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Mateja’s interests include global governance and international organisations, peace operations and peacebuilding, the politics of international law, and IR theory (critical and constructivist approaches, international political sociology). She is interested in both theoretical and policy implications of the shift from short-term to sustained third-party engagements in contemporary interventions. She is currently working on a book on international authority in statebuilding and an edited volume on United Nations peace operations in a changing global order.