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Eric Heinze

Eric Heinze

Professor and Chair,
Department of International and Area Studies
Max and Heidi Berry Chair of International Studies
Farzaneh Hall, Room 306
(405) 325-5802

Eric A. Heinze is Professor and Chair in the Department of International and Area Studies, where he holds the Max and Heidi Berry Chair of International Studies. He teaches courses in the field of International Relations (IR), including classes on international law and institutions, international human rights, ethics and IR, and IR Theory. Professor Heinze’s research deals with ethical and legal issues in international relations with a focus on international norms pertaining to armed conflict, human rights, and genocide and mass atrocity. His current and recent work is on humanitarian intervention, the Responsibility to Protect, international law and non-state armed groups, and the law and ethics of limited wars.   

Professor Heinze is a member of the International Studies Association, where he serves as Chair for the International Ethics section, the British International Studies Association, and has been a member of the American Society of International Law and the American Political Science Association.

Selected publications

“Limited Force and the Return of Reprisals in the Law of Armed Conflict” (co-author Rhiannon Neilsen), Ethics and International Affairs. Vol 34 no. 2 (2020): 175-188.

Global Violence: Ethical and Political Issues (Routledge, 2016).

Waging Humanitarian War: The Ethics, Law and Politics of Humanitarian Intervention (SUNY, 2009).

Routledge Handbook of Ethics and International Relations (co-edited with Brent J. Steele) (Routledge, 2018).

“Failed Interventions and the Inherent Contradictions of Liberal Internationalism,” in Aidan Hehir and Robert Murray, eds., Protecting Human Rights in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2017).

“Norms of Intervention, R2P and Libya: Suggestions from Generational Analysis” (co-author Brent J. Steele) Global Responsibility to Protect. Vol. 6 no. 1 (2014): 88-112.

“The Evolution of International Law in Light of the ‘Global War on Terror,’” Review of International Studies. Vol. 37 no. 3 (2011): 1069-1094.

“Non-State Actors in the International Legal Order: The Israeli-Hezbollah Conflict and the Law of Self-Defense,” Global Governance. Vol. 15 no. 1 (2009): 87-105.

“The Rhetoric of Genocide in US Foreign Policy: Rwanda and Darfur Compared,” Political Science Quarterly.  Vol. 122 no. 3 (2007): 359-383.

“Commonsense Morality and the Consequentialist Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention,” Journal of Military Ethics. Vol. 4 no. 3 (2005): 168-182.