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Paul Bischoff

Name: Paul Bischoff 
Phone: + 27 (0) 603 8353

BA (Wits), MA (Lancaster), PhD (Manchester)


Professor Paul-Henri Bischoff graduated with a DPhil from the University of Manchester after completing degrees at the University of Lancaster and the University of the Witwatersrand. He taught at the Universities of Swaziland and Papua New Guinea before taking up his appointment at Rhodes. Apart from his research interests to do with foreign policy and international organisation, he practises as an international election observer having observed elections in the rest of Africa, Melanesia, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia since 1989.  He has served as head of department from 1999-2003 and, again, since 2007.


  • Foreign Policy Studies
  • International and Regional Organisation
  • African-China relations
  • Election Observation


Professor Bischoff's consultation hour is between 11 and 12:30 daily.


  • Paul-Henri Bischoff Kwesi Aning and Amitav Acharya (eds), Africa in Global International Relations: Emerging Approaches to Theory and Practice (Routldege, 2016)
  • Model, driver and norm entrepreneur or just another participant? The international  relations of South Africa’s National Assembly and SADC” in: K. Adar, A. Meyer and G. Finizio (eds), African Regional Integration Process: Regional, National Parliamentary  and Civil Society Dimensions, (forthcoming).
  • How much its own and to what end? SADC and the culture of security and regional organisation in Southern Africa” in S. Aris (ed), Regional Organisations and Security: Conceptions and Practices (Routledge, 2014)
  • "What’s been built in Twenty Years? SADC and Southern Africa’s political and  regional security culture Strategic Review for Southern Africa, Vol XXXIV/2, November 2012
  • “Contrivance with Purpose? International Relations and the Reconstitution of the International”, Strategic Review for Southern Africa, Vol XXXII/2, November 2010,  pp. 121-133 
  • "Foreign policy ambiguity on the part of an emergent middle power: South African foreign policy through other lenses" (with Olivier Serrao), Politikon, 1/2010
  • "Reform in defence of sovereignty: South Africa in the United Nations Security Council, 2007-2008." Africa Spectrum 02/09, 2009
  • "Pan-African Multilateralism: Transformative or Disconnected?" Politikon 35/2 August 2008, pp.177-196


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