Dr Mark Retter

Associate member, Las Casas Institute

Dr Retter is a postdoctoral researcher with an independent grant to pursue inter-disciplinary research on the role of human rights in modernity, under processes of secularisation; and on ethical foundations to international legal order. He is currently working on two book projects: a monograph, Human Rights After Virtue (CUP, forthcoming), which examines Alasdair MacIntyre’s human rights scepticism and draws on his thought to develop a Thomist-Aristotelian theory of human rights; and (co-edited with Tom Angier and Iain Benson) The Handbook on Natural Law and Human Rights (CUP, forthcoming 2022).

Prior to these research projects, Dr Retter worked as a Research Associate on the Legal Tools for Peace-Making Project at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law; and completed his doctoral studies, as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, at the University of Cambridge. Dr Retter supervises undergraduate students in Jurisprudence and Public International Law at the University of Cambridge, and assists with the operation and development of the UN Language of Peace database: www.languageofpeace.org