Ph.D., War Studies, King’s College, London
Master, International Relations, London School of Economics
Post-Graduate Diploma, European Law, King’s College, London
Master, International Relations, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Member of the Advisory Board, Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies (Brill) Vice President, UNU Staff Council Editor, Journal of Sustainability Science (Springer) Book reviewer for publishers (Routledge, OUP…); article reviewer for academic journals (International Affairs, Global Governance, International Peacekeeping…), Editorial Board Member of the Journal ‘International Studies Review’
Vesselin Popovski undertakes research and post-graduate teaching and supervision in the field of international relations, peace and security, international law, human rights, international criminal justice, and governance. He has published numerous books and articles in peer-reviewed journals. Popovski took part in two major international initiatives and co-authored their reports: International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) and its 2001 report “Responsibility to Protect” that led the way to the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the norm “Responsibility to Protect” in 2005; and the Princeton Project on Universal Jurisdiction that developed and published “Princeton Principles of Universal Jurisdiction” (2001).
Popovski wrote chapters for, and co-edited the books International Criminal Accountability and the Rights of Children (2006); World Religions and Norms of War (2009); Democracy in the South (2010); Human Rights Regimes in the Americas (2010); Blood and Borders: Responsibility to Protect and the Problem of the Kin State (2011); After Oppression: Transitional Justice in Latin America and Eastern Europe (2012); Norms of Protection: Responsibility to Protect and Protection of Civilians and their Interaction (2012). His research and collaborations on trends and innovations in governance resulted in a UNU Press series of books, co-edited with Shabbir Cheema: Building Trust in Government (2010), Engaging Civil Society (2010) and Cross-Border Governance in Asia (2011). A major book project that Popovski initiated and developed with contribution from the world’s top scholars is “Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs” (Oxford University Press, 2012), co-edited with Richard Falk. Popovski also developed and completed the projects “Towards the Dignity of Difference” with Andy Knight and Mojtaba Mahdavi (Ashgate, 2012); “International Rule of Law and Professional Ethics” (Ashgate, 2013); “UN Security Council as a Global Legislator” (Routledge, 2014); “Emotions in International Relations” (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
Before coming to UNU, from 2002 to 2004, Popovski worked for the EU project “Legal Protection of Individual Rights in Russia”, training Russian lawyers to apply international human rights mechanisms. Prior to that Popovski worked as a Bulgarian diplomat, a NATO Research Fellow, a Lecturer at the University of Exeter, UK. In addition to Exeter, he taught full semester Masters’ courses in peace and security, international law and human rights at King’s College, London; Centre for Study of Democracy, Westminster University; Huron University.