- Dr Andrea Birdsall
- Senior Lecturer in International Relations
- 4.25 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44(0)131 650 6974
- Research Interests
- Human rights, International Relations, International Law & International Relations, Humanitarian intervention, Norms, Counterterrorism
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Mondays 9.00 - 11.00 a.m.
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- PhD (Edinburgh)
- MSc by Research (Edinburgh)
- MA (Leeds)
- Dipl.-Kauffrau (University of Cologne, Germany)
Andrea is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also the Co-Director of the MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security.
Andrea completed her Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh on the international politics of judicial intervention. Her main research and teaching interests lie in the interplay between International Relations and International Law with a particular focus on human rights, international criminal justice and global governance. Her current research focuses on issues related to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as well as the position of the Court in the global order. She is also interested in the impact of human rights on national and international security considerations by looking at contentious practices related to different states' counterterrorism measures. Andrea is currently working on issues surrounding the use of drones in counterterrorism efforts and particularly their implications for International Law and normative change. Andrea is also part of a RSE funded project on the potential of Human Rights in Scotland’s External Relations.
Andrea teaches and convenes the MSc course Human Rights, Global Politics & International Law as well as the honours course Human Rights in International Relations. She also teaches on the Responding to Global Crime and Insecurity course.
Andrea is chair of the British Studies Association's (BISA) International Law and Politics Working Group. She is a steering group member of the Centre for Security Research (CeSeR) and a member of the Global Justice Academy.
Birdsall, Andrea The International Politics of Judicial Intervention: Creating a more just order London: Routledge, 2009 (paperback January 2012)
McCall-Smith, Kasey, Andrea Birdsall & Elisenda Casanas Adam (eds.) Human Rights in Times of Transition: Liberal Democracies and the Challenges of National Security, Eward Elgar, forthcoming 2020
Birdsall, Andrea and Rebecca Sanders 'Trumping International Law?' International Studies Perspectives, vol. 21, No. 3, 2020, pp. 275–297
Birdsall, Andrea 'Drone Warfare in Counterterrorism and Normative Change: US Policy and the Politics of International Law' Global Society, vol. 32, No. 3, 2018, pp. 241-262
Birdsall, Andrea 'But we don’t call it ‘torture’! Norm contestation during the US ‘War on Terror’ International Politics, vol. 53, No. 2, 2016, pp. 176-197
Birdsall, Andrea 'The Responsibility to Prosecute and the ICC: A Problematic Relationship?' Criminal Law Forum, vol. 26, No. 1, 2015, pp. 51-72
Birdsall, Andrea 'The "Monster That We Need to Slay?" Global Governance, the United States, and the International Criminal Court' Global Governance, vol. 16, No. 4, 2010, pp. 451-470
Birdsall, Andrea ''A monstrous failure of justice'? Guantanamo Bay and national security challenges to fundamental human rights' International Politics, vol. 47, No. 6, 2010, pp. 680-697
Birdsall, Andrea 'Creating a more 'just' order - the Ad Hoc International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia' Cooperation & Conflict, vol. 42, No. 4, 2007, pp. 397-418
Birdsall, Andrea 'The International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia - Towards a More Just Order' Peace, Conflict & Development, vol. 8, 2006, pp. 1-24
Birdsall, Andrea, 'Counterterrorism and Challenges to Human Rights: Justifying Drones and Targeted Killing as Acts of Self-Defence', in: McCall-Smith, Kasey, Andrea Birdsall & Elisenda Casanas Adam (eds.) Human Rights in Times of Transition: Liberal Democracies and the Challenges of National Security, Eward Elgar, forthcoming 2020
McCall-Smith, Kasey, Andrea Birdsall and Elisenda Casanas Adam, 'Human Rights, Liberal Democracies and Challenges of National Security', in: McCall-Smith, Kasey, Andrea Birdsall & Elisenda Casanas Adam (eds.) Human Rights in Times of Transition: Liberal Democracies and the Challenges of National Security, Eward Elgar, forthcoming 2020
McCall-Smith, Kasey, Andrea Birdsall and Elisenda Casanas Adam, 'Reflections on Human Rights and Contemporary Challenges Raised by National Security Discourse', in: McCall-Smith, Kasey, Andrea Birdsall & Elisenda Casanas Adam (eds.) Human Rights in Times of Transition: Liberal Democracies and the Challenges of National Security, Eward Elgar, forthcoming 2020
Lang, Anthony F. Jr. and Birdsall, Andrea 'Justice and (Global) Constitutionalism: The International Criminal Court in the Global Order' in Melissa Labonte and Kurt Mills, (eds.) Accessing and Implementing Human Rights and Justice, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019, pp. 18-38
Birdsall, Andrea 'International law and ethics', in Brent J. Steele and Eric A. Heinze, (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Ethics and International Relations, London and New York: Routledge, 2018, pp. 289-298
Birdsall, Andrea and Anthony F. Lang, Jr. ‘The International Criminal Court and Global Constitutionalism’, in Anthony F Lang, Jr and Antje Wiener, (eds.) Handbook on Global Constitutionalism, London: Edward Elgar, 2017, pp. 383-394
Birdsall, Andrea ' The International Criminal Court' The Oxford Encyclopaedia of American Military and Diplomatic History, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 515-517
Peterson, John and Birdsall, Andrea 'The European Commission: Enlargement as Reinvention?' in: Edward Best, Thomas Christiansen and Pierpaolo Settembri (eds.) The Institutions of the Enlarged European Union: Continuity and Change, Edward Elgar, 2008, pp. 54-81
Birdsall, Andrea 'Coming to terms with a difficult past', The Political Quarterly, vol. 91, No. 1, pp. 260-261
Birdsall, Andrea 'Review - Norms Without The Great Powers by Adam Bower', E-International Relations, January 2018
Birdsall, Andrea 'Norms among states: Review of Ian Clark's International Legitimacy and World Society' The Review of Politics, vol. 71, No. 1, 2009
Birdsall, Andrea 'Book Review: David Chandler: From Kosovo to Kabul and Beyond: Human Rights and International Intervention' Millennium, vol. 36, No. 2, 2008
Topics interested in supervising
I am particularly interested in supervising dissertations that deal with the interplay between International Relations and International Law and issues related to Human Rights.
If you are interested in being supervised by Andrea Birdsall, please see the links below for more information: