Luke Glanville

  • Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations, Australian National University


His research variously explores the history, ethics, law, and politics of refugee inclusion/exclusion, mass atrocity prevention, and humanitarian action. He is the author of Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect: A New History (University of Chicago Press, 2014); Refuge Reimagined: Biblical Kinship in Global Politics (with Mark Glanville, InterVarsity Press, 2021); Sharing Responsibility: The History and Future of Protection from Atrocities (Princeton University Press, 2021); Prioritizing Global Responsibilities (with James Pattison, Oxford University Press, 2024); and a volume of translations, SepĂșlveda on the Spanish Invasion of the Americas: Defending Empire, Debating Las Casas (with David Lupher and Maya Feile Tomes, Oxford University Press, 2023). He is also the co-editor of books on international child protection, forced displacement, and the international law of human protection, and the author of numerous articles in journals including European Journal of International Relations, European Journal of International Law, Ethics & International Affairs, and Studies in Christian Ethics. 

Academic biography

Research topics


  1. The historical, political, legal, and ethical dimensions of the responsibilities of sovereign states for the care and protection of vulnerable people beyond their borders, and the nature of global responsibilities more generally.
  2. 16th century Spanish theological debates about the justice of the Spanish conquests in the Americas. 
  3. Political-theological responses to the global refugee crisis. 

Contributions to

Justice / Social Sciences (Preview Response)
Discipline(s): Social Sciences
Theology: Justice

Two thoughts on justice, rights, and the academy (Disciplinary Brief)
Discipline(s): Social Sciences
Theology: Justice