Melinda Rankin is a Lecturer in International Security at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia. Previously, she was a Guest Lecturer and Tutor in International Relations at La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne, and an Examiner for the Military & Defence Studies Programme, at Australian National University. Melinda studied Farsi briefly at the University of Tehran, and recently completed her PhD at La Trobe University. Her thesis was an intellectual biography of Professor Mary Kaldor (London School of Economics), which included exploring her career as a scholar, activist and policy advisor, as well as the development of concepts such as new wars and cosmopolitan law enforcement. In 2017, it was published as a book, entitled The Political Life of Mary Kaldor: Ideas and Action in International Relations. Her current project explores Kaldor’s new wars and cosmopolitan law enforcement thesis in the context of responsibility to protect (R2P) and international criminal and humanitarian law (ICHL), particularly in the case of Syria and Iraq. Melinda is currently Treasurer for the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS); and a Director and Consultant at Filter Associates Ltd. During her career, Melinda worked in projects and strategy for groups such as JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Bank of New York, MLC, and Genworth.