Sir Adam Roberts is elected as next British Academy President

The Annual General Meeting of the British Academy has elected Sir Adam Roberts KCMG FBA as its next President for a four-year term. He will succeed Professor O'Neill in July 2009.

Sir Adam, formerly Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford, was elected a Fellow of the Academy in 1990, said:

"I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed President-elect by the Fellows of the British Academy and look forward to taking up the position in a year's time. Thanks to the excellent work of the President, staff and Fellows, the Academy has today set its strategic priorities for the next five years covering the whole range of its activities and has done so with admirable clarity and a minimum of jargon. I relish the challenge of leading the Academy in the years ahead."

Sir Adam Roberts, 67, is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies in Oxford's Department of Politics and International Relations, and an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College. His main teaching and research interests are in the fields of international security, international organisations, and international law (including the laws of war). He has also worked extensively on the role of civil resistance against dictatorial regimes and foreign rule, and on the history of thought about international relations.

Sir Adam served on the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (2002-08) and is a member of the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board. In 2002, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to the study and practice of international relations. His latest co-edited book, The UN Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945 (OUP), was launched last month at meetings in Oxford, London and New York.



17 July 2008

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