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Carmen Pavel

Lecturer in International Politics
Director of the BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Programme

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Contact Details:

Department of Political Economy
Room 2.18
Strand Building
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS



Phone: +44 (0)20 7848 7871

Office Hours:

Monday: 15:00 - 16:00
Wednesday: 12:00 - 13:00


Before joining the department, Dr. Carmen Pavel was an Associate Professor and the Associate Director at the Centre for the Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Philosophy. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University and then served as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in the Program in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law at University of Virginia.

Dr. Pavel was a visiting Research Professor at the University of Arizona in April and May of 2016.


Carmen specializes in political philosophy and the history of political thought. Her interests include international justice and international law, liberal theory and contemporary challenges to it, and ethics and public policy.

Her first book, entitled Divided Sovereignty, published by Oxford University Press, takes up the question of how to constrain states that commit severe abuses against their own citizens. She argues that coercive international institutions can stop these abuses and act as an insurance scheme against the possibility of states failing to fulfil their most basic sovereign responsibilities.

Her next book-length research project is called “Why Do We Need International Law?”


Carmen is teaching the first year introductory module for the  Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) programme, called Political and Economic Philosophy. In addition, she will be teaching Politics and Justice in International Law (third year). Previously she has taught courses on the history of political thought, liberalism and its critics, global poverty and justice, and morality, law, and the state.


“A Legal Conventionalist Approach to Pollution,” Law and Philosophy, forthcoming 2016.

"Boundaries, Subjections to Laws and Affected Interests," Oxford Handbook of Freedom, (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016).

Review of Freedom Beyond Sovereignty: Reconstructuing Liberal Individualism by Sharon Krause (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Notre Dame Philosophical Review September 2015.

Negative Duties, the WTO and the Harm ArgumentPolitical Studies, 63:2, 2015.

Making a Faustian Bargain Work: What Special Interests Can Tell Us About Representation at the WTOGeorgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, Special Issue, Volume 12, 2014.

International JusticeThe Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Michael T. Gibbons, ed.,(Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

Alternative Agents for Humanitarian InterventionJournal of Global Ethics, 6.3 (December 2010).

Normative Conflict in International LawThe San Diego Law Review, 46:4 (December 2009).

Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and Moral Opportunity CostsPolity, 41:4 (October 2009).

Pluralism and the Moral Grounds of Liberal TheorySocial Theory and Practice, 33:2 (April 2007).


Divided Sovereignty: International Institutions and the Limits of State Authority (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Part of a Critical Dialogue in Perspectives on Politics, 14:1. 2016 along with Joan Cocks’s Sovereignty and Other Political Delusions, (NY: Bloomsbury, 2015).

The Institutions of International Justice, guest editor for Social Philosophy and Policy issue 32:1 (Fall 2015).

Oxford Handbook of Freedom, co-editor with David Schmidtz, (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016).

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