Dr. David Rodin

David RodinCo-Director and Senior Research Fellow, ELAC, University of Oxford





David Rodin is a leading authority on the ethics of war and conflict. Widely credited as one of the founders of Revisionist Just War Theory, he is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York and Part Time Professor at the European University Institute in Florence.
His publications include War and Self-Defense (OUP 2002), which was awarded the American Philosophical Association Sharp Prize, articles in leading philosophy and law journals and a number of edited books.
A Rhodes Scholar from New Zealand, David has a B.Phil. and D.Phil in philosophy from Oxford University. He was previously Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University. He was the inaugural Director of Research at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and a founding member of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.
In 2011 he was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Young Global Leader’, recognising the most distinguished young leaders in all fields below the age of 40. In 2015 he received the European Prize for Military Ethics.

Research Interests: Just War Theory; The foundation of human rights; Torture; Organisational ethics; Ethics in finance.

Consultancy and advisory work: David is the founder and Managing Director of Principia Advisory (www.principia-advisory.com), a boutique consultancy that has established itself as the global leader for organisational ethics and culture change.  Principia has provided strategic advice at Board and senior leadership level to some of the world’s largest companies, particularly in the military, banking, and NGO sectors.
David was the only non-American advisor to the US Army on their landmark 2011 White Paper on ‘the Professional Military Ethic’.

Teaching: Regular lecturer at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College where he provides ethics training for senior officers.


Selected Publications

Toward a Global Ethic”, Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 2012.

Academic Boycotts” Journal of Political Philosophy (co-authored with Michael Yudkin), 2011

Ending War”, Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 25, 3, 2011.

Justifying Harm”, Ethics, Vol. 122 no. 1, 2011, 74-110.

'Justifying Harm' (2011) Symposium on Jeff McMahan’s Killing in War, Ethics, Vol. 112, No. 1

‘Morality and Law in War’, (2011) in Sibylle Scheipers and Hew Strachan (eds): The Changing Character of War, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

‘Academic Boycotts’, (2010) The Journal of Political Philosophy (with M. Yudkin)

‘Two Emerging Issues of Jus Post Bellum: War Termination and the Liability of Soldiers for Crimes of Aggression’, (2008) in Carsten Stahn and Jann K. Kleffner (eds.): Jus Post Bellum: Towards a Law of Transition From Conflict to Peace.

The Moral Inequality of Soldiers: Why In Bello Asymmetry is Half Right” Just and Unjust Warriors: The Legal and Moral Status of Soldiers, David Rodin and Henry Shue (Eds.), OUP, Oxford, 2008..

'The Role of Law, Ethics and Justice in Security Practices: Conference Report', (2008) PRIO Papers, ISBN 978-82-7288-273-9 (with J. Peter Burgess)

Just and Unjust Warriors: The Moral and Legal Status of Soldiers, (Rodin, David and Shue, Henry), Oxford University Press, Oxford, July 2008

War, Torture and Terrorism: Ethics and War in the 21st Century, Blackwell, September 2007

The Problem with Preventive War”, in Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification, Henry Shue and David Rodin (Eds.), OUP, Oxford, 2007.

War and Self-Defense, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005.

“The Ownership Model of Business Ethics”, Metaphilosophy, Vol. 36, No.s 1/2, January 2005, 163-181. (Reprinted in Global Institutions and Responsibilities: Achieving Global Justice, Christian Barry and Thomas Pogge (Eds.), Blackwell, Oxford, 2005.)

The Ethics of War: Shared Problems in Different Traditions, (Rodin, David and Sorabji, Richard, Eds.), Ashgate, London, November 2005

'Terrorism Without Intention', in Ethics, Vol. 114, July 2004, 752-771.

'War and Self-Defense', Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 18, No. 1 (Winter 2004), 63-68.