Dr Richard Illingworth

  • Lecturer in International Relations (Politics)

Biography

I joined the University of Glasgow in September 2023 as Lecturer in International Relations. My research is concerned with efforts to halt mass atrocities, with a specific focus on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). The R2P was near-unanimously adopted by the international community in 2005 at the UN World Summit. R2P is aimed at the protection of populations from four mass atrocity crimes: genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Yet the sheer number of mass atrocity cases that have occured since 2005 suggest that R2P's adoption has not led to atrocity violence being curbed in the way that proponents would have hoped.

My research seeks to address this problem by exploring reforms for R2P via the application of a cosmopolitan perspective. My work has explored reform to the R2P framework itself, in addition to wider structural reforms at the international level. Such reforms are aimed at strengthening R2P’s practical implementation through a cosmopolitan approach, focused on the provision of duties, justice, and human protection.

I am the author of Strengthening the Responsibility to Protect: A Transitional Cosmopolitan Approach (2024).

Publications

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2024

Illingworth, R. (2024) Not the ‘Fairest Norm of Them All’ but still needed: on Hobson and criticism of the responsibility to protect. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, (doi: 10.1080/17502977.2024.2304457) (Early Online Publication)

2023

Gallagher, A., Lawrinson, B., McKay, G. and Illingworth, R. (2023) The Responsibility to Protect: a bibliography. Global Responsibility to Protect, 16(1), pp. 3-123. (doi: 10.1163/1875984x-20230012)

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Articles

Illingworth, R. (2024) Not the ‘Fairest Norm of Them All’ but still needed: on Hobson and criticism of the responsibility to protect. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, (doi: 10.1080/17502977.2024.2304457) (Early Online Publication)

Gallagher, A., Lawrinson, B., McKay, G. and Illingworth, R. (2023) The Responsibility to Protect: a bibliography. Global Responsibility to Protect, 16(1), pp. 3-123. (doi: 10.1163/1875984x-20230012)

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Teaching

I believe that high-quality teaching is about inspiring students of all backgrounds to fulfil their potential. As a teacher of politics and international studies, I encourage students to become critically engaged, independent thinkers, with the knowledge to understand and help address some of the key issues that shape our world. My professional recognition in student education as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy reflects my commitment to pedagogically engaged, passionate, and committed teaching.

In additional to undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision, I teach on modules such as:

  • Humanitarian Intervention: Civilians or Sovereignty?

  • Introduction to Politics (1A) and Introduction to International Relations (1B)

  • International Security and Strategic Studies