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. He is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. 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. David has a busy teaching and consulting schedule and is a regular lecturer at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College where he provides ethics training for senior officers up to the rank of two-star General. He has also worked in the private sector as a Senior Associate with the Boston Consulting Group.

Research Interests: War and international conflict; Terrorism and Asymmetric War; Torture; Business Ethics and International Justice.

Consultancy and advisory work
: NATO, UNESCO, ICRC, the European Science Foundation, the British Military and MOD, Norwegian State Pension Fund, Oxford Analytica.

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.