Herman Salton

Herman Salton
Herman Salton, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Ph.D. in International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK
M.Phil. in International Relations, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Ph.D. in International Law, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
B.Int. Law, University of Trento, Trento, Italy


Herman is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, dealing with faculty recognition/evaluation, exchange programs and academic quality control. He joined AUW in 2013 and was Chair of the Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) department from 2014 to 2016. Before that, Herman was a visiting researcher at Sciences-Po Paris and TUJ Tokyo; an officer at the Icelandic Human Rights Centre in Reykjavik; and briefly worked for the UN Under-Secretary-General in New York. Herman was educated at the Universities of Trento (LLB), Auckland (PhD Law), Oxford (MPhil) and Wales (PhD IR). He is fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish. See www.hermansalton.net


PPE 3032 – International Relations: Theory and Practice
PPE 3034 – A History of Diplomacy
PPE 3251 – The Role of the United Nations in World Politics (Section I)
PPE 3251 – The Role of the United Nations in World Politics (Section II)


Herman teaches and publishes in the areas of international politics, international law, global institutions (especially the UN) and human rights (especially racial and religious discrimination).

Ongoing projects:

Salton, H. T. (2018) Trouble at the Top: International Leadership in the Age of Genocide, single-authored monograph currently being completed [95,000 words]. A French version titled Carnets Diplomatiques: Les Opérations de Paix de l’ONU, is also being prepared [95,000 words].

Salton, H. T. (ed) (2018) A Lifetime of Preventive Diplomacy: The Goulding Diaries. Edited collection of private diaries by a former UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs [90,000 words]



Authored Books

Herman T. Salton, Dangerous Diplomacy: Bureaucracy, Power Politics, and the Role of the UN Secretariat in Rwanda (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017) 320pp.

Herman T. Salton, Arctic Host, Icy Visit: China and Falun Gong Face Off in Iceland (Milton Keynes: LAP Publishing, 2010) 260pp.

Herman T. Salton, Veiled Threats? Islam, Headscarves and Religious Freedom in America and France (Saarbruchen: VDM Publishing, 2008), 384pp.

Journal Articles

Salton, H. T. (2017) “Anti-Religious or Anti-Islam? The ‘Obscure Clarity’ of France’s ‘Anti-Veil’ Legislation”, Int. J. Arab Culture, accepted and forthcoming [14.000 words].

Salton, H. T. (2014) “The Muslim Veil in the United States and France: A Comparative Analysis of Law and Policy”, Int. J. Public Policy, Vol.11, No.2, 332-354 [16.000 words].

Salton, H. T. (2013) “Arctic Host, Icy Visit: China and Falun Gong Face Off in Iceland. A Response”, Journal of Nordic and Mediterranean Studies, Vol.8, No.2, March 2013 [6.000 words].

Salton, H. T. (2013) “’A Flag for All Republicans’: The Legislative History and Parliamentary Debates of the French Law on Religious Signs at School”, Can J. Human Rights, Vol.2, No.1, 118-157, [13.000].

Salton, H. T. (2013) “Free To Wear Whatever They Want? The Muslim Veil and School Symbolism in the Law and Politics of the USA”, Int. J. Public Law and Policy, Vol.3, No.1 [14.000 words].

Salton, H. T. (2013) “A Very French Obsession: France, the Islamic Veil and the Struggle between Law and Politics”, Int. J. Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, Vol.2, No.1 [14.000 words].

Salton, H. T. (2013) “A Stroke of Genius? Religion, the Founding Fathers and the Creation of the American Polity”, Public Administration Review, Vol.2, No.1 [9.500 words].

Salton, H. T. (2013) “L’Autorité Morale du Sécrétaire Général”, in B.Chélini-Pont (ed) Annuaire Droit et Religions, Aix-en-Provence: Presses Universitaires d’Aix-Marseille (PUAM), 663-686 [14.000 words].

Salton, H. T. (2013) “Nation, Faith and War: The Birth of Freedom in France and the United States”, Journal of Politics and Law, Vol. 6, No. 1 [9.500 words].

Salton, H. T. (2013) “The Little Prince, Race and the Five Planets of Racism”, Journal of Politics and Law, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2013 [14.500 words].

Salton, H. T. (2012) “A Godless Constitution? Faith, Politics and Speech in the Bill of Rights in the United States of America”, International Law Research, Vol. 1, No. 1 [9.500 words].

Salton, H. T. (2012) “France’s Other Enlightenment: Laïcité, Politics and the Role of Religion in French Law”, Journal of Politics and Law, Vol. 5, No. 4 [9.500 words].

Salton, H. T. (2012) “Unholy Union: History, Politics and the Relationship between Church and State in Modern France”, Review of European Studies, Vol. 4, No. 5 [9.500 words].

Working Papers/Reports

Public Lecture [Nepal]: “Promises and Perils of UN Security Council Reform”, Tribhuvan University and Samyak Bimarsha, Kathmandu, Nepal, 19 March 2015.

Guest Lecture [Nepal]: “Global Governance, the UN and Nepal: The Way Forward”, Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Parliament of Nepal, Daayitwa Office, Kathmandu, Nepal, 16 March 2015.

Panelist [Ireland]: “The United Nations and Post-Modernity”, British International Studies Association (BISA) Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 19 June 2014.

Instructor [UK]: “The UN, Leadership and Tragedy: The Promises and Perils of An Elite Private Archive”, Postgraduate Research Training, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 26 Nov. 2012.

Guest Lecture [UK]: “Ideas of Women in Islam”, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 25 Oct 2012.

Speaker, Public Event [UK]: “The United Nations and Rwanda”, International Politics Research Seminar, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 11 October 2012. Discussant: Prof Milja Kurki.

Guest Lecture [UK]: “Unintended Consequences: Professional Lapses and Weak Accountability at the UN”, Module: ‘Peacekeeping and Ethnic Warfare’, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 20 March 2012.

Guest Lecture [UK]: “Room Without a View: The SecretMeetings of the UN Security-Council on Rwanda”, ‘Peacekeeping and Ethnic Warfare’, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 6 March 2012.

Guest Lecture [UK]: “Human Rights, the West and the Islamic Veil”, Module: ‘Islam and Foreign Policy’, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 21 March 2011.

Speaker, Public Lecture [Iceland]: “The Legal Authority of the UN Secretary-General”, University of Akureyri, School of Law, Akureyri, Iceland, 8 January 2011.




LCSA1116 – A History of International Relations in Fifty Objects

PPE3041 – Global Politics (Two sections)


PPE3045 – Genocide in Theory and Practice (two sections)

ETHR2200 – The Role of Law in International Politics




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