International Ethics Researchers

Toni Erskine - Canberra-wide Convenor of the International Ethics Research Group is Professor of International Politics and Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University, and a Professorial Visiting Fellow at UNSW Canberra. She is also Associate Fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. From late 2018 she will serve a five-year term as Co-editor of International Theory: A Journal of International Politics, Law, and Philosophy (ranked 14th of 86 journals in International Relations). Her research interests include: the moral agency of formal organisation (such as states, multinational corporations and intergovernmental organisations); the just war tradition; cosmopolitan theories and their critics; the ethics of intelligence collection; the responsibility to protect ('RtoP'); moral norms and cyber security; and moral responsibility in relation to new technologies of war (particularly with respect to artificial intelligence). She is past President of the International Ethics Section of the International Studies Association (ISA). Her books include Embedded Cosmopolitanism: Duties to Strangers and Enemies in a World of 'Dislocated Communities' (Oxford University Press, 2008), Tragedy and International Relations (ed. with Richard Ned Lebow, Palgrave Macmillan 2012) and International Relations Theory Today (ed. with Ken Booth, Polity 2016). She is currently completing a book entitled Locating Responsibility: Institutional Moral Agency and International Relations.

Peter Balint UNSW Convenor of the International Ethics Research Group is a Senior Lecturer in International & Political Studies at UNSW Canberra. He is a political theorist, whose research centres on the issues of diversity (including: toleration, respect, neutrality and national identity), as well as on issues of privacy in the information age. His books include, Respecting Toleration: Traditional Liberalism & Contemporary Diversity (Oxford University Press, 2017), and Liberal Multiculturalism and the Fair Terms of Integration (edited with Sophie Guérard de Latour, Palgrave 2013). He has published articles in leading journals and is regularly asked to consult government on issues of migration, multiculturalism and citizenship. He is a founding member of The Global Justice Network and founding Editor of its journal, Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric.

Deane-Peter Baker is Senior Lecturer in International & Political Studies at UNSW Canberra. He has held fellowships at the University of Johannesburg, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (Duke University) and the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College, and is currently a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Military Ethics at Kings College London. Deane's research focuses primarily on military ethics, though he also works on military operations and strategy, the ethics of public policy, and (previously) issues in epistemology. He is the author of Tayloring Reformed Epistmology (SCM-Canberbury Press 2007); Just Warriors Inc.: The Ethics of Privatized Force (Continuum 2010); and Citizen Killings: Liberalism, State Policy and Moral Risk (Bloomsbury Academic 2016). Hi current book project is entitled Morality and Ethics at War (Bloomsbury Academic 2019). Edited and co-edited books include Alvin Plantinga (Cambridge University Press 2007); Private Military and Security Companies (Routledge 2008); Key Concepts in Military Ethics (UNSW Press 2015) and (with David Lovell) The Strategic Corporal Revisited (Juta/University of Cape Town Press 2017). He is currently a Panellist on the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (iPRAW).

Ned Dobos is Senior Lecturer in International & Political Studies at UNSW Canberra. He has held fellowships at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford, and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. Ned's research interests include the morality of war and humanitarian intervention, corporate social responsibility, and ethics in workplace relations. He is the author of Insurrection and Intervention: the Two Faces of Sovereignty (Cambridge University Press 2012); and co-author of The New Pacifism: Just War in the Real World (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Ned is also co-editor of Global Financial Crisis: The Ethical Issues (Palgrave 2011), and Challenges for Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical Demand and Political Reality (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Anthony Burke is Professor of International & Political Studies at UNSW Canberra. His research interests include: ethics and global security, especially cosmopolitan and post-human ethics; the global governance of security and ecological crisis; nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament; international political theory; continental political theory and philosophy. His books include, as author, Uranium (Polity Press 2017), Ethics and Global Security: A Cosmopolitan Approach (with Matt McDonald and Katrina Lee-Koo, Routledge 2014), Beyond Security Ethics and Violence: War against the Other (Routledge 2007), Fear of Security: Australia's Invasion Anxiety (Cambridge University Press 2008), and, as editor, Ethical Security Studies: A New Research Agenda (with Jonna Nyman, Routledge 2016), Global Insecurity: Futures of Chaos and Governance (with Rita Parker, Palgrave 2017), and Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific (With Matt McDonald, Manchester University Press 2007).

Stephen Coleman is Associate Professor of Ethics and Leadership in International & Political Studies at UNSW Canberra. He works in a diverse range of areas in applied ethics, including military ethics, police ethics, medical ethics, and the practical applications of human rights. He has held a Research Fellowship at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy and worked as a consultant for the Australian Defence Force, Food Standards Australia, the Victorian Police and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. His most recent book, Military Ethics: An Introduction with Case Studies, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. In addition to his academic duties he also works to increase understanding of ethical issues in less traditionally academic fora, giving talks and presentations in schools and public venues. His talk on "The Moral Dangers of Non-Lethal Weapons" available at has more than half a million views.

John Dryzek is Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Centenary Professor in the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, and and a Professorial Visiting Fellow at UNSW Canberra. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, former Head of the Departments of Political Science at the Universities of Oregon and Melbourne and of the Social and Political Theory Program at ANU, and former editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science. One of the instigators of the 'deliberative turn' in democratic theory, he has five books on democratic theory and practice. His work in environmental politics ranges from green political philosophy to environmental discourses and movements to climate governance, and he has five more books in this area. His current research emphasizes global justice, governance in the Anthropocene (an emerging epoch of instability in the Earth system), and cultural variety in deliberative practice.


Umut Ozguc is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in International Ethics at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra. She completed her doctoral research on border politics in 2017. She is a cross-disciplinary scholar working on critical security and border studies, settler colonialism, spatial theory, resistance, posthumanism/new materialism, and poststructuralist IR theory. She previously worked as a researcher and a lecturer at several universities including ANU, UNSW Sydney and Sydney University. Currently, she is completing her book, Border Heterotopias, and working on a research project on the ecological impacts of border walls. 

Luke Glanville is a Fellow (Senior Lecturer) in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University. He graduated with his PhD in Political Science at University of Queensland in 2010 and then worked at Griffith University before joining ANU in 2013. Luke is the author of Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect: A New History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), and he has placed articles in journals including International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, European Journal of International Law, and Ethics & International Affairs. He is co-editor of the quarterly journal, Global Responsibility to Protect. His research is currently focused on the historical development of duties that states have to protect the vulnerable beyond their borders.

Jonathan Pickering is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Canberra, Australia, based at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. He is currently working with Professor John Dryzek on an Australian Research Council-funded project entitled 'Deliberating in the Anthropocene' (2015-19), which examines possibilities and challenges for deliberative democracy in global environmental politics. In 2014 he received his doctorate in philosophy from the Australian National University. His research has been published in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Development Policy Review, Ecological Economics, Ethics & International Affairs, Global Environmental Politics, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics and World Development

Ana Tanasoca is postdoctoral research fellow at Macquarie University. She completed her 2015 PhD in Government at the University of Essex with a thesis on multiple citizenship. Her principal current research project explores the moral and epistemic dimensions of deliberation, both theoretically and as applied to international deliberations on the Sustainable Development Goals. She is interested in analytic normative political theory- more broadly, with papers on topics ranging from the demos problem to climate change.

Simon Cotton is a political theorist in the Politics and International Relations Department at the Australian National University. He was previously a Research Associate in Values and Public Policy at Princeton, and gained his PhD in Government from Cornell. His research centres on the normative evaluation of economic life, international relations, and the intersection of these domains. He is particularly interested in distributive justice, extra-distributive critiques of the market and market inequalities, and so-called 'non-ideal theory'—that variety of political philosophy that integrates the concern that practical constraints bear not merely on how closely we might approach our normative ideals but also on those ideals themselves. His work has appeared in such journals as Polity, Australian Journal of Political Science, and Ethics & International Affairs

Asima Rabbani is PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. She is researching on threats posed by violent non-state actors (VNSAs) to UN based collective security architecture, with particular reference to its conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms. She has so far presented her work in conferences in Australia, Great Britain and Italy. Her academic interests include global security, United Nations and the existing global order, VNSAs, and terrorism. She is a diplomat by profession and holds Masters of International Relations and Masters of Diplomacy degrees from the Australian National University.  

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Rhiannon NeilsenRhiannon Neilsen is currently a Scientia Scholar and PhD Candidate in International Relations at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. Rhiannon’s thesis examines if and how cyber-capabilities could be used effectively and ethically to protect vulnerable populations from mass atrocity crimes (specifically, genocide, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, and war crimes) in the 21st century. Rhiannon’s research interests include atrocity prevention, moral and political philosophy, cyberspace, the Just War Tradition(s), human rights, and the Responsibility to Protect. Her published work has been on moral injury, early warning signs and perpetrator motivations for genocide, and political approaches to human rights.


blankJessicah Mullins is a doctoral candidate at UNSW Canberra, in the school of Humanities and Social Science. Her research interests focus on forced migration and non-traditional security issues; including violent extremism and human trafficking. Her doctoral research takes a case study approach (Africa and Europe) to the global refugee crisis, and responds to the global securitisation of forced migration. This involves an examination of the global refugee system, state border control policies, and a consideration of how the global refugee framework can meet humanitarian expectations, whilst balancing state security concerns/obligations.


Richard AdamsRichard Adams is a Navy officer posted as the inaugural Chief of Navy Fellow to the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is reading for a PhD: Let the Generals Say No: An argument for morally better law. The dissertation argues broadly that if we are going to take the moral claims of military service seriously, and if we are going to expect officers who serve as Chief of the Defence Force (the generals) to act at anything except a modest administrative level of responsibility, then we must reform laws that make generals the unresisting pawns of politics. The thesis asks for law reform, so generals might resist the unconscionable directions of politics. His interests are in running, rowing, gym, motorcycling, vintage aviation, and music. 


Maurice Young

Maurice Young is an Army officer who is combining his broad operational experience with a Master of Philosophy research into the control of access to resources by states. His thesis argues that states have used three methods to control access to resources, namely through a recognised authority; by default; or by conquest. His central contention is that a state's reliance on international law to protect its interests is naive and excludes other options available. The thesis seeks to confirm methods of resource control so that Maurice can then research extra-terrestrial ownership as part of a future PhD dissertation. Maurice also holds a Master of Arts, a Master of Business and is a Thai linguist. His interests are sci-fi, offshore sailing and cooking.