Our friend and colleague Robert Fine died on 9 June 2018. He was Professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick and his most recent research and writing focused on human rights, antisemitism and cosmopolitan social theory. He was on the executive of the European Sociological Association and helped to run its Network 31 on Racism and Antisemitism. He co-edited, with Christine Achinger, a special issue of European Societies on ‘Racism, Antisemitism and Islamophobia’. He has also co-edited, with Daniel Chernilo, a special issue of the Journal of Classical Sociology on ‘Natural law and social theory’. May his memory be a blessing.