Biography

Adriana Sinclair is a lecturer in International Relations in the School of Political, Social and International Studies at the University of East Anglia. Her background is in International Relations (IR) theory but she became interested in international law during her doctorate, which focused on the role of law in political action. She completed her doctorate in 2005 and took up a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. This was followed by another Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Bremen, and then a lectureship at the University of East Anglia. Her first book, International Relations Theory and International Law: A Critical Approach, was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. She is a member of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology Working Group IS1003: 'International Law between Constitutionalisation and Fragmentation’.

 She was one of ten AHRC/BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers 2012/13:

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/ngt2012.html

and she has appeared on Radio 3’s Night Waves Programme and Radio 4's The World This Weekend, as well as appearing at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival, discussing colonialism, international law and "Our colonial future': http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01npj7n

A selection of Adriana's appearances are available here:

Discussing how we understand law and what it can do for us: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01jxsb6/Night_Waves_Billy_Budd_Adriana_Sinclair/

Discussing the urge to independence: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n6rnm

Discussing the future of the nation states with Will Hutton, Quentin Skinner and Elif Shafak: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p3nx1

Discussing the low rape conviction rate with Prof Joanna Bourke: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ppxzw

Discussing compassion in politics with David Blunkett MP and Nick Pearce: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qwh3z

Discussing the future of warfare in a special edition with David Rodin, Christopher Coker, Col. Richard Kemp, Douglas Murray: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s35n2

Career History

International Relations Theory and International Law: A Critical Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2010) A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2011 - Winner "Very few books manage to simultaneously make a serious intellectual contribution to knowledge in a discipline and be accessible enough to serve as an introductory-level book, but this volume by Sinclair (Univ. of East Anglia, UK) does both well. Sinclair returns constructivism to its roots (i.e., Nicholas Onuf and Friedrich Kratochwil) in theorizing rules, rule, and the intersubjectivity of law, and then applies that approach to current critical legal theorizing about international law. The result is a marriage of international relations and international law theorizing that strengthens both. The empirical part of the book then uses three cases (Brown v. Board of Education in the US, rape law reform in the UK, and post-9/11 torture jurisprudence) to demonstrate the utility of such a lens for understanding international law. The critical rethinking of these "common sense" cases in this book is easy to read but transformative. The book concludes by theorizing law as social (and the social as law) in an important, innovative, and accessible way. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduate students and above."-- L. E. Sjoberg, University of Florida

Academic Background

B.A. Hons Politics with French; University of Warwick (2000)

M.Sc.Econ International Politics; University of Wales, Aberystwyth (2001)

Ph.D. International Politics; University of Wales, Aberystwyth (2005)

 

All Publications

Sinclair, A.

(2013)

The Geneva Conventions,

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History.

Oxford University Press

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Sinclair, A.

(2010)

Hidden in plain sight: constructivist treatment of social context and its limitations,

in International Politics

47(1)

pp. 1-25

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Sinclair, A.

(2010)

International Relations Theory and International Law: A Critical Approach,

Cambridge University Press

ISBN 0521133467

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Sinclair, A.

(2010)

International Relations Theory and International Law: A Critical Introduction,

CUP

ISBN 9780521116725

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Sinclair, A.

(2010)

Law, caution: towards a better understanding of law for IR theorists,

in Review of International Studies

37

(3)

pp. 1095-1112

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Sinclair, A., Byers, M.

(2007)

When US scholars speak of 'sovereignty', what do they mean?,

in Political Studies

55

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Key Research Interests

Adriana’s research spans the fields of International Relations Theory, in particular constructivism, and international law. She is the author of International Relations Theory and International Law: A Critical Approach (Cambridge University Press) and her work has appeared in Political Studies, International Politics and the Review of International Studies. She would be interested in supervising postgraduate research students in all areas of contemporary International Relations theory and interdisciplinary work on international law. She is currently supervising PhDs on hydro-politics in the Lower Jordan River, and collective security arrangements in East Asia.

 

 

She has received the following funding:

 

-        2012: AHRC/BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Thinker Scheme

-        2005-7: Research Fellowship at Collaborative Research Centre 597, University of Bremen, Germany

-        2004-5: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Global Politics and International Law at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, 2004-2005

-        2001-2004: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentship, PhD

 

Publications:

Adriana Sinclair (2013) ‘The Geneva Conventions’, in T. J. Lynch (ed. In chief) The Oxford Encyclopedia of US Diplomatic and Military History(Oxford University Press)

 

Adriana Sinclair (2010) International Relations Theory and International Law: A Critical Approach (Cambridge University Press)

 

Adriana Sinclair (2010) ‘Hidden in Plain Sight: Constructivist Treatment of Social Context and its Limitations’ with Milja Kurki, International Politics 47(1), 1-25

 

Adriana Sinclair (2010) ‘Law, Caution: Towards a Better Understanding of Law for IR Theorists’, Review of International Studies, 37(3), 1095-1112

 

Adriana Sinclair  and Michael Byers (2007) ‘When US Scholars Speak of Sovereignty, What Do They Mean?’, Political Studies, 55(2), 318-40

 

Teaching Interests

Adriana Sinclair is currently on study leave but usually convenes the following modules:  

-       Level 2 Module, International Relations Theory

-       MA Level Module, International Relations Theory
 

She also teaches on the Level 1 Module Global Politics

 

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Adriana Sinclair is a reviewer for the following journals: European Journal of International Relations, Millennium, Review of International Studies, and International Politics

Key Responsibilities

Adriana Sinclair is currently on study leave.