Dr Lorna Lloyd

Title: Reader in International Relations
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733215
Email: l.lloyd@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB 2.011
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Lorna Lloyd was educated at the London School of Economics. While studying there for her PhD she worked as a research assistant to the Labour politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Philip Noel-Baker, who was one of the most ardent supporters of the League of Nations. Her research grants include several Canadian Faculty Research Awards and a Leverhulme Fellowship.

Her major works are Peace through Law. Britain and the International Court in the 1920s (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer for the Royal Historical Society, 1997), and Diplomacy with a Difference. The Commonwealth Office of High Commissioner, 1870-2006 (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2007). She also co-authored (writing the chapters on the United Nations) International Organization in World Politics (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 3rd ed., 2004) and the 3rd edition of The Palgrave-Macmillan Dictionary of Diplomacy (2012). She has published in leading international relations, history and international law journals in Britain and North America. Her research marries her interests in diplomacy, international history, international law, international organisation and the evolution of the Commonwealth. She was the founding editor of Continuum’s Key Issues in Diplomacy series (now published by Manchester University Press).

A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, she has been Convenor of the British International Studies Association’s (BISA) Group on Diplomacy; twice chaired the International Law Section of the US-based International Studies Association (ISA); sat on the ISA’s Governing Council and Executive Committee; served for a dozen years on the committee of the British International History Group; and is currently on the committee of Keele University and College Union.

My next major book will be The Commonwealth and the League of Nations, 1919-1946. It will be another highly original work. For while there are monographs on the role in the League of most of the Dominions, there has been none on the way they interacted and conducted diplomacy at Geneva, nor on how this impacted on the transformation of the pre-1914 British Empire into a Commonwealth of equals.

Hence my current projects: a book chapter on the ‘Dominions and the League’, and an article on the political significance of Canada’s election to the League of Nations Council in 1927 and the use she made of her three-year seat on that body (in which connection I have been awarded a Canadian Government Faculty Research Award).

  • Global International Organisation
  • End of Empire
  • The Rise & Fall of the League of Nations
  • The Commonwealth
  • Diplomatic Law
  • Diplomatic Practice

I am happy to supervise theses on diplomacy, the transformation of the British Empire into the Modern Commonwealth, political aspects of the League of Nations and the United Nations, and political aspects of international law.

Please note below a list of post-doctoral submissions I have supervised:

  • Sevki Kiralp: ‘Nationalism and the Cyprus conflict’ (PhD awarded in 2014)
  • Nazariah Osman: ‘Malaysia and the Commonwealth during the Mahathir era, 1980-2003’  (Malaysian government scholarship, PhD awarded in 2013)
  • Kai Bruns: ‘Britain and the negotiation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations’ (Keele bursary, PhD awarded April 2012)
  • Radziah Abdul Rahim:  ‘The negotiation of the 1963 Convention on Consular Relations and its impact on the Commonwealth’ (Malaysian government scholarship, PhD awarded September 2005)
  • Judite Taela: ‘Ideas and foreign policy: Mozambique 1975-1995’ (Mozambican government scholarship, PhD awarded Summer 2004)
  • George Ntamark:  'The League of Nations mandate system with special reference to the Cameroons'  (PhD awarded Summer 2002)
  • Mike Young: ‘The impact of a changing international environment on the decisions and practices of the UN Security Council: 1946-1995’ (PhD awarded Summer 2001)
  • Ann Hughes: ‘The 1958 Lebanoncrisis and the UN’ (PhD awarded Summer 2001)

Other projects supervised:

  • Ian Weightman:  'The establishment, operation and development of the 1970 procedure by which the UN examines complaints concerning human rights violations' (MA by research awarded 1981)

Further information on postgraduate research at Keele, including Keele’s annual studentship competition.

Further information is available about studying in SPIRE, including funding available for pursuing a doctoral research degree.