Robert BeckRobert J. Beck

Associate Professor

Office: Bolton, Room 644
Phone: (414) 229-2426
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Ph.D., Georgetown University
Honors B.A., Marquette University

Courses Taught:

Global Studies 101: Introduction to Global Studies I: People & Politics - Syllabus (pdf)
PolSci 316 - International Law - Syllabus (pdf)

Research Interests:

International relations, international law, and foreign policy.

Other Relevant Activities:

Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer, UW-Milwaukee

Current Projects:

I am completing the second edition of International Law and the Use of Force.

Selected Publications:

Law and Disciplinarity: Thinking beyond Borders. Editor and contributor. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

“The Grenada Invasion, International Law, and the Scoon Invitation: A Thirty Year Retrospective.” The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs 102 (June 2013): 281-290.

"Teaching International Law as a Partially Online Course: The Hybrid/Blended Approach to Pedagogy," International Studies Perspectives (August 2010).

"International Law and International Relations Scholarship," in David Armstrong, ed., Handbook of International Law (Routledge, 2009).

"Grenada," in Rudiger Wolfrum, ed., Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Oxford University Press, 2009).

International Law and the Rise of Nations: The State System and the Challenge of Ethnic Groups. Co-editor and contributor. (Chatham House, 2001).

"Britain and the 1933 Refugee Convention: National or State Sovereignty?" International Journal of Refugee Law 11 (1999): 597-624.

International Rules: Approaches from International Law and International Relations. Project initiator, a principal editor and contributor. (Oxford University Press, 1996).

"A Study of War and An Agenda for Peace: Reflections on the Contemporary Relevance of Quincy Wright's Plan for a 'New International Order.'" Review of International Studies 22 (April 1996): 119-147.

International Law and the Use of Force: Beyond the U.N. Charter Paradigm. Co-author. (Routledge, second edition forthcoming; first edition, 1993).

The Grenada Invasion: Politics, Law and Foreign Policy Decisionmaking. (Westview Press, 1993).

"Munich's Lessons Reconsidered." International Security 14 (Fall 1989): 161-191.