Christof Royer

Christof Royer
University of St Andrews · Centre for Global Constitutionalism (CGC)

PhD in International Relations (
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My work addresses international political theory and international ethics with a particular focus on questions (and visions) of world order, global justice, humanitarian intervention, the Just War tradition, the problem of evil, human rights, political violence and (radical) democracy. In addressing domestic, international and global political questions, I am primarily inspired by the insights of Aristotle, Hannah Arendt, Judith Shklar, Hans Morgenthau, Stuart Hampshire, Michel Foucault and Michael Walzer. More recently, I have developed a strong interest in democratic theory in general and in the ‘agonistic’ democratic thought of thinkers like Chantal Mouffe, Bonnie Honig, James Tully and William Connolly in particular.
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The value of human plurality has come under threat by, among others, populist movements. To find illumination of our dark times, political thinkers have recently turned to the political thought of Hannah Arendt. Since the concept of human plurality is at the heart of Arendt’s oeuvre, Sophie Loidolt’s book Phenomenology of Plurality promises to be a...
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This article takes issue with de-politicised and moralistic conceptions of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and, inspired by the political theory of Hannah Arendt, develops a ‘re-politicised’ and ‘de-moralised’ account of R2P. It argues that by relying on a link between a moral responsibility to ‘save strangers’ and practical political action, R...
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For the traditional legalistic discourse on the International Criminal Court (ICC), “politics” is a bête noire that compromises the independence of the Court and thus needs to be avoided and overcome. In response to this legalistic approach, a burgeoning body of literature insists that the Court does not exist and operate “beyond politics”, arguing...
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The present article discusses the “peace versus justice” dilemma in international criminal justice through the lenses of the respective legal (and political) theories of Judith Shklar and Hannah Arendt—two thinkers who have recently been described as theorists of international criminal law. The article claims that in interventions carried out by th...