Laughland has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford, studied at Munich University, and has been a lecturer at the Sorbonne and at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris. He also holds the French post-doctoral degree, the 'habilitation,' for his work on sovereignty in international relations.
Laughland has contributed articles to The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday, The Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator, Brussels Journal, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The American Conservative and Antiwar.com.
Since 2008, he has been Director of Studies at the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris. He is also a research member of the Centre for the History of Central Europe at the Sorbonne (Paris — IV).
Publications and positions
In 1997, he published The Tainted Source: The Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea, a critique in which he contends that the European Union shares some ideological affinity with Fascism, Nazism and communism, notably its rejection of the nation-state. Sir Edward Heath, the former Prime Minister who signed the UK's Treaty of Accession to the Treaty of Rome in 1972, dismissed the book as "Preposterous...a hideous distortion of both past and present."
He has written extensively on international criminal justice, condemning the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague on the grounds that the UN Security Council resolution that created it was illegitimate (the Security Council acted ultra vires by creating it) and because he disagrees with its judicial procedures, e.g. admissibility of hearsay evidence. He criticises it as a political tribunal and claimed double-standards for refusing to open an investigation into whether NATO committed war crimes in Yugoslavia in 1999. Laughland was as strong a critic of the Kosovo War in 1999 as he has been of the Iraq War.
Laughland has taken a number of controversial positions, in criticising Western support for the anti-Serbian opposition to Slobodan Milošević and his condemnation of the November 2003 revolution in Georgia as a "coup d'état".
Laughland has claimed that Ukraine's Presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko's coalition was linked with "neo-Nazis" in an article for The Guardian in 2004, that his ultimately successful attempts to seize power were backed on the streets by "druggy skinheads from Lvov" in The Spectator; that reports of mass graves in Iraq were being exaggerated for political purposes; and that concern for the massacres in the Sudan was driven by oil.
- Authored books
- The Death of Politics: France Under Mitterrand (Michael Joseph, London, 1994)
- The Tainted Source, the Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea (Little Brown, London 1997; later translated into French, Spanish, Czech and Polish)
- Le tribunal pénal international: Gardien du nouvel ordre mondial (François-Xavier de Guibert, Paris, 2003)
- Travesty: The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic and the Corruption of International Justice (Pluto Press, London, 2007)
- Schelling versus Hegel: from German idealism to Christian metaphysics (Ashgate, 2007)
- A History of Political Trials from Charles I to Saddam Hussein (Peter Lang, Oxford, 2008)
- Edited Books
- Sovereignty, The Monist 90, I (January 2007).
- Shia Power: Next Target Iran? co-edited with Michel Korinman (Vallentine Mitchell, London, 2007)
- The Long March to the West: Migration in Europe and the Greater Mediterranean Area, co-edited with Michel Korinman (Vallentine Mitchell, London, 2007)
- Israel on Israel co-edited with Michel Korinman (Vallentine Mitchell, London, 2007)
- Russia: A New Cold War? co-edited with Michel Korinman (Vallentine Mitchell, London, 2007)
- cited in John Papworth "Nazi Roots or the Europlot", The Ecologist, Vol.28, No6, November–December 1998, p.363
- John Laughland "The revolution televised", The Guardian, 27 November 2004
- John Laughland "Western aggression", The Spectator, 6 November 2004
- John Laughland "Has Blair Sexed Up Saddam’s Atrocities, Too?" antiwar.com, 6 August 2003
- John Laughland "The mask of altruism disguising a colonial war", The Guardian, 2 August 2004