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Professor Ian Johnstone Named As New Academic Dean

Ian Johnstone, incoming Academic Dean of the Fletcher School

The Fletcher School’s Dean Stephen W. Bosworth has announced the appointment of Professor Ian Johnstone to the position of academic dean, a role that he will assume on July 1, 2013. In this role, Johnstone will work with the dean and faculty on curriculum review, faculty appointments and program development. Johnstone will succeed current Academic Dean Peter Uvin, who is serving his sixth year in the role.

“Professor Johnstone is a distinguished scholar, a superb teacher and active in the international affairs policy world,” said Dean Bosworth. “We look forward to advancing the mission of The Fletcher School through his vision and commitment to the institution.”

Having joined The Fletcher School faculty in 2000, Johnstone is currently a professor of international law and has a wide range of experience in both international affairs and the field of law. Before beginning his teaching career, he spent seven years at the United Nations, working for five years in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, in addition to holding positions in the Department of Peace-keeping Operations and the Office of Legal Affairs. He has also been a senior fellow in international law at New York University’s (NYU) Center on International Cooperation and an adjunct professor at NYU Law School. Earlier in his career, Professor Johnstone was a judicial clerk at the Ontario Court of Appeal and a Warren Weaver fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation.

Johnstone’s research has focused on two broad tracks: the role of law in international politics and the security-related activities of international organizations. The former includes a book entitled The Power of Deliberation: International Law, Politics and Organizations published by Oxford University Press in 2011, which draws on theories of deliberative democracy in examining the impact of legal argumentation on international affairs. His work on international peace and security has been more policy-oriented. In addition to articles and book chapters on the use of force and peace operations, he has edited two books on peacekeeping, as well as the first two volumes of the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations — source data and analytical essays on cutting-edge issues for policy-makers and practitioners engaged with peace operations undertaken by the United Nations and regional organizations.