Jennifer Welsh

Professor Welsh's work focuses on changing conceptions of sovereignty in international relations.

Jennifer M. Welsh is a professor and the chair in international relations at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She is also a senior research fellow at Somerville College, University of Oxford, and the former co-director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. Professor Welsh is the author, co-author, editor, and co-editor of a series of works on international relations, including Just and Unjust Military Interventions: European Political Thought from Vitoria to Mill (Cambridge University Press, 2013), The United Nations Security Council and War (Oxford University Press, 2008), Exporting Good Governance: Temptations and Challenges in Canada's Aid Program (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2007), Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2004), and At Home in the World: Canada's Global Vision for the 21st Century (HarperCollins Canada, 2004). In 2013, Professor Welsh was working on an edited work entitled The Responsibility to Prevent: Systemic and Targeted Approaches to Mass Atrocity Prevention.

A regular contributor to the Canadian International Council’s Roundtable blog on international affairs, Professor Welsh sits on the editorial boards of the BISA series in International Relations (published by Cambridge University Press), of Global Responsibility to Protect, and of Ethics and International Affairs. She has organized international conferences and workshops on operationalizing the responsibility to prevent and on the ethics of post-conflict reconstruction and state-building, and she has made guest presentations at institutions around the world, including the Parliament of Canada’s Standing Committee on National Defence, where she appeared as an expert witness on NATO’s strategic concept. Professor Welsh was a member of the Board of Directors of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation (Toronto, Canada) and was the Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Massey College (University of Toronto) in 2005. In 2006, she received both a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and a Trudeau fellowship.

Professor Welsh holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Saskatchewan and a master’s and a doctoral degree in international relations from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She has taught international relations at the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the Central European University in Prague.