Ben Willis

Ben Willis is a PhD researcher with the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect based in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds, and an Associate Lecturer in Politics and International Relations with the School of Law, Criminology, and Government at the University of Plymouth. He holds an MA and BSc (Hons) degrees in International Relations from the University of Plymouth.
His work is broadly concerned with the range of political, legal, and ethical issues surrounding the prevention of mass atrocities—genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity—and includes a particular focus on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP), the UN human rights system, and international criminal justice mechanisms. Mr. Willis’s current research focuses on 1) the subject of ongoing doctoral work, and the use of RtoP to address peacetime atrocity crimes in North Korea since 2005, and 2) builds on previous work in the non-governmental sector, and examines how UK atrocity prevention policy is integrated across its early warning, development, defense, and diplomatic activities.