Dr Peter Brett, BA (UCL), MSc (SOAS), PhD (SOAS)
Lecturer in African Politics
Tel: 020 7882 5823
Location: Arts One, 2.10
Office Hours: Thursdays 12-1pm and Fridays 9-10
Peter joined the School in 2015. Previously he was a Teaching Fellow in Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he did his graduate studies. He has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Richmond – the American International University in London, and has taught at the University of Paris (Panthéon-Sorbonne). He has a broad range of interests, including the politics of Sub-Saharan Africa, international law, legal sociology, the politics of rights, and the history of international relations.
Research interests:Peter works on the international dimension of African politics, straddling the international relations and political science disciplines. He has a particular interest in the globalisation of human rights law, explaining its genesis and evaluating its effects. His most recent research has focused on the legitimacy of international courts in West and Southern Africa. In 2017-2018 he will investigate the politics of judicial appointments in Namibia and Bostwana - part of a project funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant, and conducted with Dr. Sara Dezalay (Cardiff University)".
(With Line Engbo Gissel) ‘The African Backlash Against International Courts.’ (under contract with Zed Books).
'Human Rights and the Judicialisation of African Politics' (under contract with Routledge).
(With Line Engbo Gissel) ‘Explaining African Participation in International Courts.’ African Affairs (article accepted for publication).
‘Cause lawyers sans frontières: juristes sud-africains et judiciarisation du politique en Afrique australe.’ Politique Africaine 138:2 (2015): 93-113.
‘Explaining South Africa’s Bill of Rights: An Interpretive Approach.’ Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 52:3 (2014): 423-442.
'A Global Human Rights Movement?' OpenDemocracy (July 2013).
‘European governments and African demands for reparations’, LSE Ideas, (January 2012).
Other peer-reviewed publications
‘The New Historiography of Human Rights.’ E-IR (February 2013).
‘A Critical Introduction to the ‘Legalisation of World Politics’, E-IR (March 2012).
Selected book reviews
Nic Cheeseman, David Anderson and Andrea Scheibler, Eds., The Routledge Handbook of African Politics, in Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 53:4 (2015): forthcoming.
Karen Alter, The New Terrain of International Law, in E-IR (October 2014).
Yves Dezalay and Bryant G. Garth, Eds., Lawyers and the Rule of Law in an Era of Globalization, in Political Studies Review 10:3 (2012): 430-431.
Kathryn Sikkink, The Justice Cascade, in E-IR (June 2012).