Director and Reader
Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London


Areas of Expertise
Civil Society, Development of International Law, Diplomacy, Disarmament, Genocide, Global Governance, Human Rights, Human Security, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Affairs, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Law, International Non-Governmental Organizations, International Organizations, Media and Public Policy, Mine Action, Peace and Security, Post-conflict reconstruction and development, Sexual Violence in Conflict, Transitional Justice, United Nations, US Foreign Policy

Region of Focus
Europe, North America

Dr Dan Plesch holds a BA in History from Nottingham, studied public policy at Bristol and took his PhD in political science at Keele. From 1986 to 2001 he founded and led the British American Security Information Council in Washington DC, and then became the Senior Research Fellow at Whitehall’s Royal United Services Institute. He has held academic posts at the universities of Bradford, Keele and London. He has worked extensively in the media for the BBC and CNN and written commentary for a wide variety of print media. He was the independent advisor to the UK government on the introductions of the Freedom of Information Act. His research and public intellectual roles include disarmament, NATO, the arms trade, the wartime origins and future of the UN, war crimes and crimes against humanity. He has also published and developed teaching on energy and climate policy and corporate responsibility.

Recent Publications
A full research profile can be found at

Books include:

Human Rights After Hitler, Georgetown UP, 2017.

Wartime Origins and the Future UN, with Professor Thomas G. Weiss.Routledge 2015

America, Hitler and the UN, I.B. Tauris, 2011.

The Beauty Queen’s Guide to World Peace, Politico’s 2004.