Carmen E Pavel


Dr. Carmen Pavel is a Lecturer in International Politics at King’s College London in the Department of Political Economy. Before joining King’s, Carmen was an Associate Professor and the Associate Director at the Center 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 the University of Virginia.


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 fulfill their most basic sovereign responsibilities. Her next book-length research project is called “Why Do We Need International Law?”


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