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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 9:30am

Sean Fleming finished his MA in International Relations under Dr. Antonio Franceschet in 2014, will be beginning his PhD program at Cambridge University, UK, in Fall 2015. Sean will be in the Department of Politics and International Studies working under Dr. Duncan Bell.

Continuing the work on state responsibility begun with his MA thesis, "The Locus of Responsibility in International Relations: A Theory of State Responsibility", Sean's new project will examine why, and under which conditions, we ought to assign some responsibilities to whole states rather than to particular state officials. Tentatively titled "A Hobbesian Justification for State Responsibility: Authority, Identity, and Agency", he aims to show that Hobbes' theory of artificial personhood provides a compelling justification for state responsibility, but one that has been forgotten in contemporary philosophy and international political theory.

Sean has also received two prestigious awards for his Cambridge studies: the Cambridge International Scholarship, which is awarded to the top overseas PhD applicants from each department and funded by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust; and, the J.W. Pickersgill Fellowship, which is awarded to a graduate of Memorial University to pursue a PhD in politics or history at any university in the world (one Fellowship is awarded each year).

Congratulations to Sean, and we wish him all the best in his doctoral program!