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Adam Bower
Liu Scholar; PhD Candidate, Political Science
Office: Department of Political Science, C425
Address: 1866 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1

Adam is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at UBC. His research explores whether and how international legal institutions created without the endorsement of powerful states may nevertheless prove broadly influential in the international system. His doctoral dissertation develops a constructivist account of treaty effectiveness, and applies this framework in assessing the Ottawa Convention banning anti-personnel landmines and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. For the project, Adam has conducted field research in The Hague, Sarajevo, Geneva, and Kampala, with further trips planned for New York and Washington D.C. Adam’s broader scholarly interests include the categorization and regulation of “conventional” weaponry, the law of armed conflict, and constructivist contributions to the study of international security. His research was previously supported by a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, and Doctoral Research Awards from the Simons Foundation and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. He also gratefully acknowledges current financial support from the Department of National Defence Security and Defence Forum Doctoral Award.

Adam received an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of British Columbia.

Dissertation Title: “Cooperation Without the Great Powers? Assessing the Antipersonnel Mine Ban Treaty and the Rome Statute of the ICC” (expected 2012)
Dissertation Committee: Richard Price (chair); Katharina Coleman; Michael Byers

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