LEADERSHIP

Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson is the UNESCO Chair on Global Humanities and Ethics Education, former co-chair of the board and executive director of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights, founder and chair of the Global Women's Narratives Project, and executive director of the Levan Institute at the University of Southern California. She is a member of the Presidential Task Force of the Pacific Council on International Policy, serving as an observer of pre-trial hearings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Previous and linked affiliations include her role as executive director of the ,  RAND, the Carter Presidential Center, the Hong Kong Legislative Council, the United States Embassy Berlin-Third Reich Document Center, the USC Center for International Studies, the Walt Disney Company Asia-Pacific, and Dow Jones News Service.

 

In 2015, Boyd-Judson was awarded two separate Fulbright Specialist Awards to Spain and China on strategic moral diplomacy, global ethics and the role of the university.​ In Fall 2010, she was selected as a Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. She has served on the executive boards of the International Political Science Association RC 29, the International Studies Association-West, the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights, and the Women's Caucus for International Studies (ISA), of which she was chair.

 

Boyd-Judson's focus is on diplomacy, ethics, religion and human rights, and international negotiation. Her first book, Strategic Moral Diplomacy: Understanding the Enemy's Moral Universe, was published in April 2011. She has published in International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, Carnegie Pew Case Studies in Ethics and Diplomacy (Georgetown University), and Leiden Journal of International Law. Boyd-Judson most recently published Women's Global Health: State Policies and International Norms, a book co-edited with Patrick James. She is currently working on a global ethics textbook with faculty members of the Oxford Consortium.

 

Boyd-Judson has lectured on her work on strategic moral diplomacy at the US Air War College, the Council of Ministers of the European Union, the University of Oxford, the University of Madrid, the Fulbright Commission Spain, the Neimeyer Cultural Center of Spain, and the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Julia Amos
Co-Director

Dr Julia Amos is the War and Peace at Oxford Research Network Manager and a Research Associate and Steering Committee member of the Centre for International Studies at the Department of Politics and International Relations Oxford. The focus of her research is the prevention and amelioration of political violence and conflict, especially in developing countries.

She holds a doctorate in Development Studies from Oxford and an MPhil in the same subject, for which she was awarded the top distinction in 2006 and received the Eugene Havas Memorial Prize for Distinguished Performance, as well as a first in her BA (Hons) from the University of York.

 

Dr. Amos has travelled extensively in West Africa for her research, studying conflict affected communities first-hand. Areas of specialisation include political economy, public health, mediation, inter-group conflict, ethnicity, conflict resolution, NGOs and non-state peacebuilding organisations, human security, New Humanitarianism, traditional leadership and traditional leadership institutions.

Her current research focus is on developing a constructivist narrative approach to the mediation of armed conflict. The perspectives of ordinary people living in situations of widespread armed conflict hold the key to peace, but they are often ignored. The project aims to show how to use and re-assert their experiences and stories by transposing the insights of narrative mediation, developed for the mediation of smaller disputes, to the field of large-scale conflict. Its focus is interdisciplinary, bringing together politics, philosophy, development studies and psychology to pioneer a radical new approach to the understanding of contemporary armed conflict. It puts forward a far-reaching critique of conventional thinking about war and seeks to reinvigorate the debate about how conflict is understood, while staying grounded in the practical implications for the mediation of conflict.

Amos has presented her work at institutions including the University of Ghana, Legon, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and University of Rome La Sapienza, Public Health England and the Wellcome Trust, Nuffield College Oxford, the Royal Navy and Hudson Trust, the BCISS forum on Intelligence Analysis at the RAF Club, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Edinburgh, and the Oxford Department Of International Development.