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Award for United Nations piece in international journal.

6 November 2017

Dr Jess Gifkins, Lecturer in International Relations at The University of Manchester, won the European Journal of International Relations (EJIR) Best Article for 2017, along with her co-author Professor Jason Ralph, University of Leeds.

The article entitled, ‘The purpose of United Nations Security Council practice: Contesting competence claims in the normative context created by the Responsibility to Protect’ analyses the UN Security Council’s negotiations on crises in Libya and Syria.

Jess Gifkins
Dr Jess Gifkins

It argues that the practices used by ‘permanent members’ (ie France, the UK and the US) during negotiations on Libya, limited their ability to build and sustain a collective consciousness in responding to atrocities in Syria. The article draws on interviews with diplomats who were directly involved in these negotiations.

EJIR publishes on global subjects and cutting edge theory debates. It has become a major independent voice in worldwide debates about international relations

Jess said: “The European Journal of International Relations is a stellar journal, and it’s an honour our article was chosen for this award.”

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