Rachel Kerr

Rachel Kerr

Professor, Professsor of War and Society

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Research interests

International law and the use of force; transitional/post-conflict justice; international criminal justice; war crimes.

Biographical details

Rachel Kerr is Professor of War and Society in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Prior to joining the faculty at King’s, she was a Commissioning Editor at Polity Press and Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies, University of Cambridge.  She has also held visiting fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars, Washington, DC and the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada.  Professor Kerr holds a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds and an MA and PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. She is co-convener of the War Crimes Research Group at King’s. Major publications include: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: Law, Diplomacy and Politics (2004); Peace and Justice: Seeking Accountability After War (2007) and The Military on Trial: The British Army in Iraq (2008).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: An Exercise in Law, Politics and Diplomacy, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Master of Arts, War Studies, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 1996

Bachelor of Arts, International History and Politics, University of Leeds

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994


  • JZ International relations
  • JX International law


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