Christian Barry

Australian National University; Ethics & International Affairs Editorial Board; Global Ethics Fellow Alumnus

Christian Barry is professor of philosophy in the School of Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS), Australian National University, and co-editor of the Journal of Political Philosophy.

His research focuses on ethical theory, philosophy of action, and international justice. His recent work includes a book with Sanjay Reddy, International Trade and Labour Standards: A Proposal for Linkage (Columbia University Press, 2008), and articles in Philosophy & Public Affairs, Journal of Political Philosophy, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Review of International Studies, International Affairs, and Carnegie Council's journal, Ethics & International Affairs.

His latest book, Responding to Global Poverty: Harm, Responsibility and Agency, (co-authored with Gerhard Øverland) was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. He currently holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant for the project The Ethical Responsiblities of Consumers.

Prior to joining the ANU, Barry was a program officer at Carnegie Council (Justice & the World Economy), and editor of Ethics & International Affairs, a consultant to the Human Development Report Office at the United Nations Development Programme, and a lecturer in politics and international relations at University College Dublin.

He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University, where he was a fellow at the Center for Law and Philosophy.

Last Updated: September 15, 2017

  • Responding to Global Poverty: Harm, Responsibility and Agency, (co-authored with Gerhard Øverland, Cambridge University Press, 2016)
  • "The Feasible Alternatives Thesis: Kicking Away the Livelihoods of the Global Poor" (with Gerhard Øverland, Philosophy, Politics & Economics, 2012)
  • "On the Concept of Climate Debt: Its Moral and Political Value" (with Jonathan Pickering, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 2012)
  • "Local Priorities, Global Priorities, and Enabling Harm" (Ethics & International Affairs, 2012)
  • "How Much for the Child?" (with Gerhard Øverland, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 2011)
  • "What is Special About Human Rights?" (with Nicholas Southwood, Ethics & International Affairs, 2011)
  • "Sovereign Debt, Human Rights, and Policy Conditionality" (The Journal of Political Philosophy, 2011)
  • "A Challenge to the Reigning Theory of Just War" (International Affairs, 2011)
  • "Immigration and Global Justice" (Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric, 2011)
  • "Do Democratic Societies have a Right to do Wrong? (with Gerhard Øverland, Journal of Social Philosophy, 2011)
  • "Why Remittances to Poor Countries Should Not Be Taxed" (with Gerhard Øverland, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, 2010)
  • "Associative Duties, Global Justice, and the Colonies" (with Lea Ypi and Robert E. Goodin, Philosophy & Public Affairs, 2009)
  • "Egalitarian Challenges to Global Egalitarianism: A Critique" (with Laura Valentini, Review of International Studies, 2009)
  • "Responding to Global Poverty" (with Gerhard Øverland, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 2009)
  • "Does Global Egalitarianism Provide an Impractical and Unattractive Ideal of Justice?" (with Pablo Gilabert, International Affairs, 2008)
  • "Fairness in Sovereign Debt" (with Lydia Tomitova, Ethics & International Affairs, 2007)
  • "Is Global Institutional Reform a False Promise?" (Cornell Journal of International Law, 2007)
Global economic justice; international institutions; world health