Ian Johnstone

Academic Dean and Professor of International Law

  • LLM, Columbia University
  • JD, Honours, University of Toronto
  • BA, Honours, University of Toronto

Professional Activities
  • Legal and Political Officer, United Nations Secretariat: Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Department of Peace-keeping Operations, and Office of Legal Affairs
  • Consultant, United Nations Secretariat: Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Department of Political Affairs, and United Nations Development Programme
  • Senior Fellow in International Law, New York University’s Center on International Cooperation
  • Program Committee, American Society of International Law Annual Meeting
  • Chair, International Organizations Interest Group, American Society of International Law
  • Board of Editors, "Global Governance" journal
  • Board of Editors, “International Organizations Law Review”
  • Board of Directors, World Peace Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Academic Council of the United Nations System
  • Advisory Council, United Nations Association of Greater Boston
  • Senior Research Associate, International Peace Academy
  • Warren Weaver Fellow in International Security, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Associate in Law, Columbia University
  • Judicial Clerk, Ontario Court of Appeal

  • Institute for Human Security
  • Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies

Research Interests
  • International Organizations
  • United Nations
  • Peace Operations
  • Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • International Law and International Relations Theory

• Johnstone, Ian. "Book Review of The Interpretation of Acts and Rules in Public International Law by Alexander Orakhelashvili" 106 American Journal of International Law 210 (2012)
• Johnstone, Ian. “Managing Consent in Contemporary Peacekeeping Operations”, 18(2) International Peacekeeping 160 (2011)
• Johnstone, Ian. “Peacekeeping’s Transitional Moment”, in Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2011 (Center on International Cooperation, 2011)
• Johnstone, Ian. “Do International Organizations Have Reputations?” 7 International Organization Law Review (2010)
• Johnstone, Ian. “Emerging Doctrine for Political Missions”, in Review of Political Missions 2010 (Center on International Cooperation, 2010)
• Johnstone, Ian. "Law-making through the operational activities of international organizations." George Washington International Law Review 40, no. 1 (2009).
Johnstone, Ian. "Legislation and Adjudication in the UN Security Council: Bringing Down the Deliberative Deficit." American Journal of International Law 102, (2008).
• "The US Role in Contemporary Peace Operations: A Double-edged Sword?”, 15 International Peacekeeping 1(February 2008) (co-author with Ethan Corbin)
• Johnstone, Ian, Richard Gowan and Ben Tortolani. "The Evolution of Peacekeeping Policy: Unfinished Business." Journal of International Peace and Organization 80, (2006).
• Johnstone, Ian. "Discursive Power in the UN Security Council." Journal of International Law and International Relations 2, no. 1 (2005).
• Johnstone, Ian. "Jus Ad Bellum: The Next Iraq." ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law 11, (2005): 395-400.
• Johnstone, Ian. "The Plea of Necessity in International Legal Discourse: Humanitarian Intervention and Counter-Terrorism." Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 43, no. 2 (2005): 337-388.
Johnstone, Ian. "US-UN Relations after Iraq: The End of the World (Order) As We Know It? " European Journal of International Law 15, no. 4 (2004): 813-838.
Johnstone, Ian. "Security Council deliberations: the power of the better argument." European Journal of International Law 14, no. 3 (2003): 437-480.
Johnstone, Ian. "The Role of the UN Secretary-General: The Power of Persuasion Based on Law." Global Governance 9, no. 4 (2003): 441-458.

• Johnstone, Ian. The Power of Deliberation: International Law, Politics and Organizations (Oxford University Press, 2011)
• Johnstone, Ian. US Peace Operations Policy: A Double-Edged Sword? Editor and contributing author (Taylor and Francis 2009).
Johnstone, Ian. The Annual Review of Global Peace Operations. Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007.
Johnstone, Ian. The Annual Review of Global Peace Operations. Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006.
Johnstone, Ian, Michael W. Doyle and Robert C. Orr. Keeping the Peace: Multidimensional UN Operations in Cambodia and El Salvador. Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Johnstone, Ian. Rights and Reconciliation: UN Strategies in El Salvador. L. Rienner Publishers, 1995.
Johnstone, Ian. Aftermath of the Gulf War: An Assessment of UN Action. Lynne Rienner Pub, 1994.

• “The Security Council and International Law,” in von Einsiedel, Malone and Ugarte eds, The UN Security Council: From the Cold War to the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014)
• Johnstone, Ian. “When the Security Council is Divided: Imprecise Authorizations, Implied Mandates and the Failure to Act”, in Marc Weller ed, Oxford Handbook on the Law on the Use of Force (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013)
• Johnstone, Ian. “Law-making by International Organizations: Perspectives from International Law/International Relations Theory”, in Jeff Dunoff and Mark Pollack eds Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: The State of the Art (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
• Johnstone, Ian. “Legal Argumentation in International Decision-making”, in The Faultlines of Legitimacy (Hilary Charlesworth and Jean-Marc Coicaud eds., Cambridge University Press, 2009)
• Johnstone, Ian. “The Use of Force” in The United Nations and Nuclear Orders (Tom Weiss, Jane Boulden and Ramesh Thakur eds., United Nations University Press 2009)
• Johnstone, Ian. "Normative evolution at the United Nations." In Cooperating for Peace and Security, Cambridge, 2009.
• Johnstone, Ian. "The UN Security Council as Legislature." In The United Nations Security Council and the Institution of International Authority, Routledge, 2008.
• Johnstone, Ian. "The UN Security Council, Counterterrorism and Human Rights." In Counterterrorism: Democracy's Challenge, Hart Publishing, 2008.
• Johnstone, Ian. "Consolidating Peace: Priorities and Deliberative Processes." In Annual Review of Global Peace Operations, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007.
• Johnstone, Ian. "Sudan: Faltering Protection and Fragile Peace." In Annual Review of Global Peace Operations, eds. Sarjoh Bah, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007.
• Johnstone, Ian. "The Secretary-General as Norm Entrepreneur." In Secretary or General? The UN Secretary-General in World Politics, ed. Simon Chesterman, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
• Johnstone, Ian. "Dilemmas of Robust Peace Operations." In Annual Review of Global Peace Operations, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006.
Johnstone, Ian. "The Power of Interpretive Communities". In Power in Global Governance, eds. Michael Barnett and Raymond Duvall, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
• Johnstone, Ian. "The Humanitarian Security Dilemma in International Peacekeeping." In Aspects of Peacekeeping, ed. Shashi Tharoor, Routledge, 2001.
• Johnstone, Ian. "UN peacebuilding: consent, coercion and the crisis of state failure." In From Territorial Sovereignty to Human Security, Kluwer Law International, 2000.
• Johnstone, Ian. "The UN's Role in Transitions from War to Peace: Sovereignty, Consent and the Evolving Normative Climate." In Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies Info Paper, Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, 1999.



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