Dr. Vesselin Popovski

Professor , Vice Dean and Executive Director, Centre for the Study of United Nations

M. A. (including B.A.), Moscow State Institute of International Relations; Post-Graduate Diploma European Law, King’s College, London; M.Sc., London School of Economics; Ph.D. King’s College

From 2004 till 2014 worked as Senior Academic Officer at the United Nations University in Tokyo. Prior to that was Senior Legal Expert for the EU project ‘Legal Protection of Individual Rights in Russia’ (2002-2004), Lecturer at the University of Exeter, UK (1999-2002), PhD student at King’s College London (1996-1999), and Bulgarian diplomat (1988-1996) serving in Sofia, New York and London. Member of the Advisory Board of the ‘Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies’; and the Editorial Boards of Journal ‘International Studies Review’ and ‘Sustainability Science’. Contributed to two major international initiatives: the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty and its Report ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (2001), and the Princeton Project on Universal Jurisdiction, producing ‘The Princeton Principles of Universal Jurisdiction’ (2001).

Published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, wrote or edited over twenty books, among them: Emotions in International Politics (Cambridge UP 2016); Ethical Values and Integrity of the Climate Change Regime (Ashgate 2015); Spoiler Groups and UN Peacekeeping (Routledge 2015); Access to International Justice (Routledge 2015); Security Council as Global Legislator (Routledge 2014); International Rule of Law and Professional Ethics (Ashgate 2014); Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs (Oxford UP 2012); Norms of Protection: Responsibility to Protect and Protection of Civilians (UNU Press 2012); After Oppression: Transitional Justice in Latin America and Eastern Europe (UNU Press 2012); Blood and Borders (UNU Press 2011); Human Rights Regimes in the Americas (UNU Press 2010); World Religions and Norms of War (UNU Press 2009); International Criminal Accountability and Children’s Rights (Cambridge UP 2006).

Edited books

  • Popovski, V., (ed) ‘International Rule of Law and Professional Ethics’ (Ashgate, 2014)
  • Popovski V., Fraser T. (eds) ‘The Security Council as Global Legislator’ (Routledge, 2014) 
  • Keyzer, P., Popovski, V., Sampford, C. (eds) ‘Access to International Justice’ (Routledge, 2015) 
  • Popovski, V., Kikuchi, Y.; (eds) ‘Building ASEAN Identity on a Transnational Dimension’ (Interbooks, 2014) 

Forthcoming in 2015 

  • Popovski, V. Nadin, P. ‘Non-State Challenge: Armed Groups and UN Missions’ Adelphi Paper (International Institute for Security Studies, London, 2015) 
  • Popovski V., Coicaud J.M. (eds), ‘On Emotions and Passions in International Politics’ (Cambridge University Press 2015) 

Single-authored book chapters

  • Popovski V., ‘State Negligence for Natural Disasters as Human Rights Violations’ in Hobson, C., Cameron, R., Bacon, P.; (eds) ‘Human Security and Natural Disasters’ (Routledge, 2014)
  • Popovski V. ‘Protection and participation of children in post-conflict peacebuilding: International law and UN practice’, in Schnabel, A. and Tabyshalieva A. (eds) Escaping Victimhood: Children, Youth and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (UNU Press, 2014)
  • Popovski V. ‘From Domestic to International Rule of Law: Long and Unfinished Journey’ in Popovski, V., (ed) ‘International Rule of Law and Professional Ethics’ (Ashgate, 2014)
  • Popovski, V. ‘Introduction’, and ‘Conclusion’, in Popovski, V., (ed) ‘International Rule of Law and Professional Ethics’ (Ashgate, 2014)
  • Popovski V., ‘The Role of the Security Council Thematic Resolutions’ in Popovski V., Fraser T. (eds) ‘Security Council as Global Legislator’ (Routledge 2014)
  • Popovski V., ‘International Criminal Court and Security Council: Uneasy Relationship’ in Popovski V., Fraser T. (eds) ‘Security Council as Global Legislator’ (Routledge 2014) 
  • Popovski, V. ‘The Building of the International Rule of Law through the Work of International Criminal Tribunals’ in Sampford C. and Thakur R. (eds) ‘Institutional Supports for the International Rule of Law’ (Routledge 2014)
  • Popovski V., ‘Access to Justice: Law and Practice of the European Court for Human Rights’ in Keyzer, P., Popovski, V., Sampford C. (eds) ‘Access to International Justice’ (Routledge, 2014)
  • Popovski V., Keyzer P., ‘Access to International Justice and What Does it Require?’ in Keyzer, P., Popovski, V., Sampford C. (eds) ‘Access to International Justice’ (Routledge, 2014)
  • Popovski, V. ‘Transnational Identity and ASEAN’ in Popovski V. and Kikuchi Y. (eds): Building ASEAN National Identity in Transnational Dimensions’ (Interbooks, 2014)

Forthcoming in 2015 

  • Popovski, V. ‘Emotions and International Law’ in Popovski V., Coicaud J.M. (eds), ‘On Emotions and Passions in International Politics’ (Cambridge University Press, 2015) 
  • Popovski, V. Conclusion: ‘Emotionally Framed Cognitions in International Relations’ in Popovski V., Coicaud J.M. (eds), ‘On Emotions and Passions in International Politics’ (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • Popovski, V. ‘Corporate Responsibility to Protect populations from mass atrocities’ in John Forrer, Conor Seyle (eds) ‘Responsibility to Protect and Private Sector’ (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • Popovski, V. ‘Weak States, Strong Societies in Eastern Europe’ in Saikal A. (ed) ‘Weak States, Strong Societes and World Politics’ (Lynne Reinner, 2015)
  • Popovski, V. ‘The Role of Pacem im Maribus for the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea’ in Wu Shicun, Mark Valencia, Hong Nong (eds) UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the South China Sea (Ashgate, 2015)

Public International Law Human Rights
International Peace and Security