Steering Committee

Dr Elizabeth Ashford, School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies

Elizabeth Ashford joined the Department of Moral Philosophy in 2001. She did her MA at UNC Chapel Hill and her BA and DPhil at Oxford University, and was awarded her DPhil in 2002.  Her main research interests are in moral and political philosophy. She has recently finished a contribution to UNESCO Volume I, Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right (OUP forthcoming), and her current research project is to develop a book on utilitarian and Kantian conceptions of impartiality and of rights.  During the academic year 2005-6 she was a Visiting Faculty Fellow in Ethics at the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and the following summer she was an H.L.A. Hart Visiting Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Ethics and the Philosophy of Law.

Dr Adam BowerSchool of International Relations


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 Alex Davis, School of English

davisAlex Davis received his BA from the University of Oxford, and an MA and PhD from the University of London. His doctoral research dealt with representations of chivalry in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and how these have subsequently figured in attempts to present the ‘early modern’ period as a break with the medieval past.

Alex works on the literature and culture of the English Renaissance. His research has focused on romance, popular culture, and on the prose fiction of the period. He has a particular interest in the Renaissance sense of the past and the question of the period’s relationship with both classical antiquity and the Middle Ages. He is the author of two books: Chivalry and Romance in the English Renaissance (2003) and Renaissance Historical Fiction (2011). Alex is a participant in the British Academy funded research network on ‘Seventeenth Century Fiction: Text and Transmission’.

Dr Melissa DemianSchool of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies

Melissa Demian is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. She holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College, and an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. Previously she was a Lecturer at the University of Kent and a Fellow at the Australian National University.

Dr Demian is primarily a legal anthropologist, having spent most of her career researching different aspects of Papua New Guinea’s legal system, from the country’s village courts to its Constitution. In addition to her work on various aspects of law in the Pacific postcolony, she has researched and published on matriliny, child adoption, land disputes, domestic violence, local histories and temporalities in the service of ethnic identity formation, and the ‘cultural defense’ in criminal law. She pursues both research and teaching on the appropriation of classic anthropological concepts to fit emergent legal dilemmas

Sheriff Lorna Drummond, QC

LDrummondLorna Drummond was admitted as a solicitor in 1993 and employed as Assistant Scottish Parliamentary Counsel and Assistant Legal Secretary to the Scottish Law Officers before being called to the Bar in 1998. She developed a wide practice in administrative and constitutional law, immigration, extradition, mental health, planning and commercial law.

From 2002 to 2007 she was appointed Standing Junior to the Home Department and instructed in immigration and human rights cases. In 2007 she was appointed by the Foreign Office as Crown Counsel for a British Overseas Territory dealing with criminal, employment and administrative law. She returned to practice at the Scottish Bar in January 2009 and took up appointments as Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government and Part Time Sheriff.

She was appointed ad hoc Advocate Depute in 2010 and to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Preferred Panel of Counsel in 2011. In 2015 she became a full time resident sheriff and in 2015 was appointed Justice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal in the Territories of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

Dr Will Eves, School of History

Will Eves is a Research Fellow working on the ILCR’s European Research Council funded comparative legal history project: ‘Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law: Consonance, Divergence and Transformation in Western Europe from the late eleventh to the thirteenth centuries’. His research focusses on the development of the concept of ‘ownership’ in England and Northern France in the early thirteenth century, and in particular the influence of the Roman law concept of proprietas on legal thought and practice in this period.

Will’s research interests combine both law and history. He first obtained an LLB in law, followed by an LLM in international law. After a period working in the legal sector, he undertook an Mlitt in mediaeval history here at St Andrews. He then completed a PhD in mediaeval legal history, also at St Andrews, on the use and development of the English common law action mort d’ancestor in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries.

During the final year of his doctoral research he held a 6-month Scouloudi Junior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research. Immediately following the completion of his PhD thesis he worked as an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow on a public engagement legal history project at the School of History.

In addition to medieval legal history Will maintains a research interest in public international law, focussing in particular on international human rights law theory and practice, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law.

Professor Colin KiddSchool of History

Kidd1Colin Kidd arrived at the University of St Andrews in the summer of 2012. Originally from Ayr on the other side of Scotland, and taught for over fifteen years at the University of Glasgow and, more recently, had a short spell at Queen’s University Belfast. He relishes the seemingly brighter light and fresher air of Scotland’s east coast, as well as finding St Andrews a remarkably friendly and congenial university in which to work.

His current research focuses on the intellectual history of the English Enlightenment and its nineteenth-century aftermath, particularly in fields such as antiquarianism, mythography and religious apologetic. Eventually, many years hence, these obsessions will intersect with an emerging interest in the history – and prehistory – of British anthropology. He is at his happiest riding these particular hobbyhorses, but I also have a stable of other subjects which fascinate me. These include constitutional theory, British as well as American, and the church history of my native county of Ayrshire in the age of Enlightenment. However, he is alert to the possibility that the parishes of eighteenth-century Fife might yield up treasures of their own to delight the connoisseur of theological controversy. He is also co-organiser , with Professor Gerry Carruthers (Glasgow University), of a Carnegie-funded project on the theme of ‘Literature and Union’, whose workshops and events run 2013-15

Professor Anthony F Lang, JrSchool of International Relations

Anthony F LLang1ang, Jr holds a Chair in International Political Theory in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews and is Director of the Centre for Global Constitutionalism. He received his PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University in 1996. He was an assistant professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, Egypt from 1996-2000. From 2000-2003, he served as a programme officer at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, where he directed programmes on ethics and the use of force, religion and US foreign policy, and ethics in higher education. He has served as president of the International Ethics section of the International Studies Association (2003-2004), programme chair of the Human Rights Section of ISA (2006-2008), and Chair of the International Ethics section Book Prize Committee (2009-2011). He is currently one of the co-editors of the journal, Global Constitutionalism, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of International Political Theory, and Ethics & International Affairs. He is also commissioning editor of the new series, Global Ethics from Routledge Publishers.

His research focuses on the intersection of ethics, politics, and law at the global level. One stream of this research focuses on global constitutionalism, or how various aspects of the international political and legal order relate to the rule of law and an institutional balance of power. A second stream of research focuses on the responsibility of both individuals and states in the international legal and political order. A third stream focuses on constitutionalism in the Middle East, with particular attention to Egypt and the politics and law of the post-Arab Spring. A fourth stream of research focuses on the ethical and legal issues of the use of military force largely within the framework of the just war tradition.

Dr Myles Lavan, School of Classics

Myles LavanMyles Lavan1‘s main focus is a project to quantify the spread of Roman citizenship in the provinces from Augustus to Caracalla and rethink the history of citizenship in the light of the results. The project is supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2014-15). He presents the methodology and the preliminary results in an article forthcoming in Past & Present 2016: ‘The spread of
Roman citizenship 14-212 CE: Quantification in the face of high uncertainty’.

Dr Lavan is also working on a commentary on Tacitus Annals 14 with Christopher Whitton and wrapping up a comparative study of elite integration in ancient empires on which he has been collaborating with Richard Payne and John Weisweiler for the past three years. The project has resulted in an edited volume, Cosmopolitanism and empire: Universal rulers, local elites and cultural integration in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, forthcoming in OUP’sOxford Studies in Early Empires series. He is also working to expand on Slaves to Rome (Cambridge, 2013) with a number of article-length studies further exploring how the Roman elite conceived of their imperial project.

Dr Mateja Peter, School of International Relations


Mateja Peter joined the School of International Relations in September 2015. 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. Dr Peter 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. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Dr Peter’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. Dr Peter 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.