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Thomas Simon

Resident Professor of International Law


Prior to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Dr. Simon was associated with the Department of International Studies of the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Before that he taught philosophy and chaired the Department of Philosophy at Illinois State University. As a Fulbright Scholar, he taught in the University of Malaya Law Faculty and conducted research at the Centre for Civilization Dialogue. He has taught law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and the University of Prishtina, Kosovo. He held the Distinguished Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Northern Colorado as well as helped to establish an English-speaking Japanese university, Miyazaki International College.

His awards include a Liberal Arts Fellowship from Harvard Law School. He has received awards for teaching excellence from the University of Florida and the University of Illinois.

He holds a PhD in philosophy from Washington University and a JD in law from the University of Illinois.

Simon, T. W. (2016). Genocide, torture, and terrorism: Ranking international crimes and justifying humanitarian intervention. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Simon, T. W. (2007). The laws of genocide: Prescriptions for a just world. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International.

Simon, T. W. (2001). Law and philosophy: An introduction with readings. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Simon, T. W. (1995). Democracy and social injustice: Law, politics, and philosophy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.



  • Balkans
  • Eastern Europe
  • Persian Gulf
  • Philippines
  • Southeast Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Western Europe


  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • Culture, Religion and Politics
  • Education Policy
  • Ethnic Conflict
  • Governance
  • Human Rights and Democracy
  • Genocide
  • Humanitarian Crises and Relief Efforts
  • International Law
  • International Crimes and Tribunals
  • Islamic Religion, Politics, and Law
  • Post-conflict Reconstruction
  • Rule of Law
  • Terrorism