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Associate Professor in International Relations

Head of School

Qualifications: PhD, MA, BA (Hons)


Executive Assistant

Ms Bronwyn Crook


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Research Expertise

  • International Relations Theory
  • History of International Thought
  • Humanitarianism and Intervention 


Richard Devetak has published on the history of international thought, contemporary theoretical debates in international relations, humanitarian intervention, the ‘war on terror’, and globalisation’s implications for justice and the state. He has also published on foreign policy, refugees and national identity in the Australian context. His major contribution has been in the area of international relations theory, more specifically in the exposition and analysis of Frankfurt School Critical Theory and post-structuralism. His writings in these areas have been published in leading International Relations journals including International Affairs, Millennium and Review of International Studies. His current research interests include: the history of international thought, history of the states-system, international law, the laws of war and humanitarian intervention. He has held Visiting Fellowships at the Department of International Politics at University of Wales, Aberystwyth (2003), the Department of Politics, Institutions and History at University of Bologna (2008) and at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence (2012).

Selected Publications 

Edited Books and Journals:
  • An Introduction to International Relations, 2nd Edition, (with Anthony Burke and Jim George), Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • 'Twentieth anniversary special issue. International relations: An oceanic perspective'. (Co-edited with Melissa Curley, Sara Davies and Seb Kaempf). Global Change, Peace and Security, 21 1, 2009. p. 1-2.
  • The Globalization of Political Violence: Globalization’s Shadow, (with Chris Huges) London: Routledge, 2008. 
  • Security and the War on Terror, (with Alex Bellamy, Roland Bleiker and Sara Davies), London: Routledge, 2008. 
  • Introduction to International Relations: Australian Perspectives, (with Anthony Burke and Jim George), Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Refereed Articles
  • Richard Devetak, Tim Dunne and Ririn Tri Nurhayati (2016) 'Bandung 60 years on: revolt and resilience in international society' Australian Journal of International Affairs', DOI:10.1080/10357718.2016.1155201
  • 'Historiographical Foundations of Modern International Thought: Histories of the European State-System from Florence to Göttingen" History of European Ideas, vol.41, no1, 2015, pp.62-77.
  • 'A rival Enlightenment? Critical international theory in historical mode', International Theory, vol. 6, no. 3, 2014, pp 417-453.
  • 'Waltz, the state of international relations, and theoretical abstraction: contextualising a legacy', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 49, no.3, 2014, pp 552-557.
  • ‘Histories and crises: modern, global, natural and social’, Forum on Camilleri and Falk’s Worlds in Transition, Global Change, Peace and Security, vol. 24, no. 1, 2012, pp. 31-35.
  • ‘Law of Nations as Reason of State: Diplomacy and the Balance of Power in Vattel’s Law of Nations’, Parergon, vol. 28, no. 2, 2011: pp. 105-128.
  • 'The Moralization of International Politics: Humanitarian Intervention and its Critics' Quaderni di Relazioni Internazionali, 14. 2011: pp. 70-85.
  • 'An Australian Outlook on International Affairs? The Evolution of International Relations Theory in Australia', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 55, no. 3, 2009, p. 335 - 359.
  • ‘After the Event: Don DeLillo’s White Noise and September 11 Narratives’, Review of International Studies, vol 35, no. 4, 2009, p. 795 - 815. 
  • ‘Foucault, Discipline and Raison D’État in Early Modern Europe’, International Political Sociology, vol. 2, no 3, Aug 2008, pp. 270-272.
  • 'Between Kant and Pufendorf: Humanitarian Intervention, Critical International Theory and a Critique of Statist Anti-Cosmopolitanism’, Review of International Studies, vol. 33, Special Issue ‘Critical International Relations Theory After 25 Years’, April 2007, pp. 151-174. 
  • ‘Diplomatic Divergence in the Antipodes: Globalisation, Foreign Policy and State Identity in Australia and New Zealand’, co-authored with Jacqui True, Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 41, no. 2, June 2006, pp. 241-256. 
  • ‘The Gothic Scene of International Relations: Ghosts, Monsters, Terror and the Sublime after September 11’, Review of International Studies, vol. 31, no. 4, Oct 2005, pp. 621-644. 
  • ‘In Fear of Refugees: The Politics of Border Protection in Australia’, International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 8, no. 1, spring, 2004, pp. 101-109. 
  • ‘Theories, Practices and Postmodernism in International Relations’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, vol. 12, no. 2, Spring/Summer 1999, pp. 61-76. 
  • 'Justice Unbound? Globalisation, States and the Transformation of the Social Bond’, co-authored with Richard Higgott, International Affairs, vol. 75, no. 3, July, 1999, pp. 483-498. Reprinted in Richard Higgott and Anthony Payne (eds), The New Political Economy of Globalisation (Edward Elgar, 2001), volume II, pp. 569-584. 
  • ‘The Project of Modernity and International Relations Theory’, Millennium, vol. 24, no. 1, 1995, pp. 27-51. Reprinted in Andrew Linklater (ed.), International Relations: Critical Concepts in Political Science (Routledge, 2000), volume IV, pp. 1731-1755. Also reprinted in Steven Roach (ed.), Critical Theory and International Relations: A Reader (London: Routledge, 2008), pp.378-390.
Book Chapters
  • Richard Devetak, '"The Fear of Universal Monarchy": Balance of Power as an Ordering Practice of Liberty', in Tim Dunne and Trine Flockhart (eds) Liberal World Orders (Oxford: Oxford University Press/British Academy, 2013) Proceedings of the British Academy 190, pp 121-137.
  • Richard Devetak and Juliette Gout, 'Obligations Beyond the State: Andrew Linklater's Men and Citizens in the Theory of International Relations,' in Henrik Bliddal, Casper Sylvest and Peter Wilson (eds), Classics of International Relations: Essays in Criticism and Appreciation (London: Routledge, 2013).
  • Richard Devetak, ‘Vico Contra Kant: The Competing Critical Theories of Cox and Linklater’, in Shannon Brincat, Joao Nunes, Laura Lima (eds), Critical Theory in International Relations and Security Studies, London: Routledge, 2012.
  • 'International Relations Theory in Australia’, co-authored with Richard Higgott, in Rod Rhodes (ed.), The Australian Study of Politics in the Twentieth Century, Palgrave, 2009
  • ‘Hugo Grotius’, in Nigel Young (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Peace. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • ‘Critical Theory’, in Scott Burchill, et al., Theories of International Relations, fourth edition, Palgrave, 2009. [Translations in Rumanian, Turkish and Polish.] 
  • ‘Post-Structuralism’, in Scott Burchill, et al., Theories of International Relations, fourth edition, Palgrave, 2009. [Translations in Rumanian, Turkish Polish.] 
  • ‘Globalisation’s Shadow: An Introduction to the Globalization of Political Violence’, in Richard Devetak and Chris Hughes (eds), The Globalization of Political Violence: Globalization’s Shadow, London: Routledge, 2008. 
  • ‘Failures, Rogues and Terrorists: States of Exception and the North/South Divide’, in Alex Bellamy, Roland Bleiker, Sara Davies and Richard Devetak (eds), Security and the War on Terror, London: Routledge, 2008. 
  • ‘Introduction to International Relations: The Origins and Changing Agendas of a Discipline’, in Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke and Jim George (eds), Introduction to International Relations: Australian Perspectives, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 
  • ‘The Modern State and Its Origins’, in Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke and Jim George (eds), Introduction to International Relations: Australian Perspectives, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 
  • ‘Violence, Order and Terror’, in Alex Bellamy (ed.), International Society and Its Critics, Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 229-246. 
  • ‘Loyalty and Plurality: Images of the Nation in Australia’, in Michael Waller and Andrew Linklater (eds), Political Loyalty and the Nation-State, Routledge, 2003, pp. 27-42. 
  • ‘Signs of a new Enlightenment? Community and Humanity after the Cold War’, in Stephanie Lawson (ed.), The New Agenda for International Relations: From Polarization to Globalization in World Politics, Polity Press, 2002, pp.164-83. 
  • ‘Saving the Social Bond and Recovering the Public Domain’, co-authored with Richard Higgott, in Daniel Drache (ed.), The Market or the Public Domain: Global Governance and the Asymmetry of Power, Routledge, 2001, pp. 360-380. 
  • ‘Incomplete States: Theories and Practices of Statecraft’, in John MacMillan and Andrew Linklater (eds), Boundaries in Question: New Directions in International Relations, Pinter, 1995, pp. 19-39.

 Translated Publications

  • Chiaruzzi, Michele. 'The three traditions in history: A dialogic text'. Global Change, Peace and Security, 22 1: 2010. (Translated from Italian by Devetak & Chiaruzzi).


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