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Mr Peter Finn



I am a multi-award-winning Lecturer in the Politics Department. I am interested in the intersection between national security and human rights, as well as the logic(s) that underpin policies at this intersection. My current research is focused on conceptualising the actions and procedures that can foster impunity for the use of illegal practices within the national security operations of the US and the UK. I am exploring this topic by focusing on detention operations during the Iraq War. I am also interested in the US political system more broadly, with a particular focus on presidential power.

In 2016, I received the BISA-HEA National Award for Excellence in Teaching International Studies by a Postgraduate Student. I have also received two Kingston University Learning and Teaching Awards. 

Among other publications, my work has been featured in The Independent, The Conversation, Open Democracy and The Guardian. Most Recent media piece:

Areas of specialism

  • War on Terror
  • Impunity
  • Torture
  • Detention operations
  • National security operations
  • Presidential power
  • Human rights

Professional membership

I am a member of the British International Studies Association (BISA) and an Associate Member of the Integrity Research Group


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