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 International Organization in World Politics (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 3rd ed., 2004) for which she wrote the chapters on the United Nations, 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 reflects her interest 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; and recently served for a dozen years on the committee of BISA’s British International History Group. Currently she is on the Advisory Council of The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (attached to London University’s School of Advanced Study); the Advisory Panel of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University; and the Committee of Keele University and College Union.

Research and scholarship

My current research focuses on the emergence onto the international stage of former parts of the British Empire and their relations with each other.  In that connection, I have recently completed an article on Britain’s response to the 1946 Indian-South African dispute at the United Nations over the latter’s discrimination against Indians.  It will be published in the October 2018 issue of The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.


Other projects include the disagreement between Australia and Ireland over the Queen’s title in the credentials of their respective diplomatic representatives. I am also researching Ireland, Australia and New Zealand’s election to the League of Nations Council, and Commonwealth countries’ diplomacy at the League.


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


Lloyd publications

PhD Supervision

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.

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