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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.

Areas of specialism

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

Professional membership

I am a member of the British International Studies Association (BISA)


Number of items: 4.


Finn, Peter (2019) Freedom of Information legislation and the democratic oversight narrative. Critical Military Studies, ISSN (print) 2333-7486 (In Press)

Finn, Peter and Ledger, Robert (2018) Transatlantic twilight? The impact of the Mueller Investigation on US-Europe relations. Ante Portas – Security Studies, 1(10), pp. 11-27. ISSN (online) 2353-6306

Book Section

Finn, Peter (2016) Grey areas and self-licking lollipops : Iraq War detention operations, impunity and complicity. In: Afxentiou, Afxentis , Dunford, Robin and Neu, Michael, (eds.) Exploring complicity : concept, cases and critique. London, U.K. : Rowman & Littlefield International. pp. 179-201. ISBN 9781786600615

Conference or Workshop Item

Finn, Peter (2019) The preservation and destruction of the official record and truth. In: 10th Annual Faculty Research Conference: Contemporary Issues in Business and Social Sciences in a period of uncertainty; 03 - 04 Jun 2019, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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