Nicole De Silva
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Academic Director, Political Science Co-op Program
POLI 214 Human Rights: An Overview
POLI 486 Advanced Seminar in International Relations
POLI 687 Special Topics in International Politics
My interdisciplinary research draws on political science and law to address questions broadly relating to international cooperation, and regional and global governance. I am currently focusing on the politics of international courts, particularly in the areas of human rights and and international criminal justice. I have explored how international courts are strategic actors that use various activities "outside the courtroom" to promote greater compliance with international law, and lately I have studied African states' opposition to the International Criminal Court and efforts to create alternative mechanisms for international criminal justice in Africa. For this research, I have received awards from the International Studies Association-International Organization Section (2014), British International Studies Association (2016), and the International Studies Association-Human Rights Section (2016-17).
For more information on my academic research, teaching, and policy work, please see my website.