Catherine Lu

Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill University.

Postes occupés

2013-2014 Chercheur-e associé-e,
2014-2015 à aujourd'hui Membre régulier-ère,


Catherine Lu is Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill University, with research and teaching interests in international political theory and ethics, especially the ethical challenges of humanitarianism, intervention, and the use of force in world politics; problems of justice and reconciliation after violence, oppression and atrocity; and cosmopolitanism, global justice and world government. She has received research fellowships from the School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University (2013), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010-11), and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University (2004-5).

Recent publications

  • ‘Reconciliation and Reparations,’ in The Oxford Handbook of Ethics and War , eds. Seth Lazar and Helen Frowe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Online Publication Date: October 2015). DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199943418.013.17
  • Guest Co-Editor (with Eva Erman), Review Symposium of Lea Ypi’s Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency,Ethics & Global Politics, 6, 2 (2013).
  • “Tragedies and International Relations,” in Tragedy and International Relations, Toni Erskine and Richard Ned Lebow eds. (Houndmills, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan), 2012, pp. 158-171.
  • “World Government,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL =
  • “Colonialism as Structural Injustice: Historical Responsibility and Contemporary Redress,” The Journal of Political Philosophy 19, 3 (2011) 261-28.
  • “The Politics of Legal Accountability and Genocide Prevention,” in Confronting Genocide, René Provost and Payam Akhavan eds. (Dordrecht and New York: Springer Verlag, 2011), pp. 295-303.
  • Just and Unjust Interventions in World Politics: Public and Private (Houndmills, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan), 2006/2011.

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