University of Calgary

Antonio Franceschet

  • Professor
  • Department Head


Antonio Franceschet specializes in international theory, law, and ethics. He is a past Chair of the International Ethics Section (2012-14) of the International Studies Association. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Political Theory. In 2012-13 he was an Annual Fellow at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. He is an Associate with the University of Sussex's Centre for Advanced International Theory in the UK, and was a Visiting Research Fellow there in 2016.

Current Research

Theorizing Resistance Rights in International Politics How do the international system's principles and norms govern the recognition and exercise of resistance rights? What is a just cause for resistance? What means of resistance are justified? This project seeks to explain how rights to resist are constituted, distributed and limited within the international order.

States of Disobedience in International Politics Under what conditions is state action properly understood as disobedience? This project seeks to explain the institutional conditions under which sovereign states' (civil) disobedience becomes possible.

Areas of Supervision

Dr. Franceschet is interested in supervising projects on: resistance and disobedience in global politics; international law and organization, especially related to any of: the use of force, humanitarian law, international courts and criminal punishment, and human rights; as well as international ethics, especially related to the use of force and/or human rights.



Editor, The Ethics of Global Governance. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.


Kant and Liberal Internationalism: Sovereignty, Justice, and Global Reform. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


The International Criminal Court's Authority Crisis and Kant's Political Ethics, International Criminal Law Review 16, 2: 201-215.


Rethinking the State in International Politics: Symposium Introduction, Journal of International Political Theory
11, 2: 203-205.


Theorizing State Civil Disobedience in International Politics, Journal of International Political Theory
11, 2: 239-256.


Democratizing Constitutions: International Democracy Promotion after the 2009 Honduran Coup, Global Policy 5, 2: 201-211. (with Pablo Policzer)


Kantian Theory, Nuclear Weapons, and Coercive Anti-Proliferation, Asian Journal of Peacebuilding 1, 2: 139-155


The Political Ethics of the International Criminal Court: Introduction, Ethics & International Affairs 26, 1: 53-57.


The International Criminal Court’s Provisional Authority to Coerce, Ethics & International Affairs 26, 1: 93-101.


Constitutions and the Promotion of Democracy in Latin America: Lessons from the 2009 Honduran Crisis, University of Calgary, Latin American Research Centre, Occasional Papers, Vol.1, Issue 2, (Co-authored with Pablo Policzer)


Kant, International Law, and the Problem of Humanitarian Intervention, Journal of International Political Theory 6, 1: 1-22.


Cosmopolitan Ethics and Global Legalism, Journal of Global Ethics 1, 2: 113-126.


The Politics of Global Legalism and Human Security, Policy and Society 24, 1: 1-23.


Inequality, the Rule of Law, and the International Criminal Court, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 29, 1: 23-42.


Moral Principles and Political Institutions: Perspectives on Ethics and International Affairs, Millennium: Journal of International Studies 31, 2: 347-357.


Justice and International Organization: Two Models of Global Governance, Global Governance: a Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations 8, 1: 19-34.


Sovereignty and Freedom: Immanuel Kant’s Liberal Internationalist Legacy, Review of International Studies  27, 2: 209-228.


International(ist) Citizenship: Canada and the International Criminal Court, Canadian Foreign Policy 8, 2: 51-74 (With W. Andy Knight)


Popular Sovereignty or Cosmopolitan Democracy? Liberalism, Kant, and International Reform, European Journal of International Relations 6, 2: 277-302.


The Ethical Foundations of Liberal Internationalism, International Journal 54, 3: 463-481.


Cosmopolitanism, Sovereignty, and the Theory of European Integration: a Kantian Contribution, Journal of European Integration 21, 2: 123-146.

Book Chapters

Justice: Constitution and Critique”. In Brent J. Steele and Eric Heinze, ed., Routledge Handbook of Ethics and International Relations (New York: Routledge, 2018), 264-274.


The Ethics of International Coercion. In Robert W. Murray, ed., Multilateralism as State Strategy: Seeking Order in an Anarchic System, 3-27. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press.


Immanuel Kant. In Joel Krieger, ed., Oxford Companion to International Relations, Volume 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 551-557.


Four Cosmopolitan Projects: the International Criminal Court in Context. In Steven C. Roach, ed., Governance, Order and the International Criminal Court: Between Realpolitik and a Cosmopolitan Court, 179-204. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Ethics, Politics, and Global Governance.  In Antonio Franceschet, ed., The Ethics of Global Governance, 1-20. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.


'One Enlightened and Powerful Nation': Kant and the Quest for a Global Rule of Law.  In Beate Jahn, ed., Classical Theory in International Relations, 96-122. Cambridge Studies In International Relations Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Global Legalism and Human Security. In Sandra MacLean, David R. Black, and Tim Shaw, eds., A Decade of Human Security: Global  Governance and New Multilateralisms, 31-38. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.


Global(izing) Justice? The International Criminal Court. In Joanna Harrington, Michael Milde and Richard Vernon, eds., Bringing Power to Justice? The Prospects of the International Criminal Court, 244-265. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

2001/2004Post-Cold War Politics. In Janine Brodie and Sandra Rein, eds., Critical Concepts: an Introduction to Politics, 326-339/264-276 (expanded and updated). Second and Third Editions. Toronto: Pearson Education.





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