David Rodin

Principia; Oxford University; Global Ethics Fellow Alumnus; Member of ""Ethics & International Affairs"" Editorial Board

David Rodin is founder and CEO of Principia and co-director of the Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at the University of Oxford. He was previously a senior fellow at Carnegie Council.

Rodin's 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, Rodin 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.

Rodin 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.

In 2011 he was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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MAR 2, 2015 Article

Killing and Cartoons

This year Paris and Copenhagen learned that there are still people willing to kill for cartoons. The dilemma of what to think about their publication ...

SEP 3, 2014 Podcast

Ethics and War

"In this talk I want to consider how the ways in which we assess the morality of war are changing. My concern is not to ...

Michael Ignatieff, Joel Rosenthal, George Rupp, Mustafa Cerić, Adam Roberts, David Rodin, and Ivo Banac (L to R). <br>CREDIT: Irfan Redzovic

SEP 3, 2014 Podcast

Sarajevo Panel Discussion

In this wide-ranging conversation, participants from the Sarajevo Symposium discuss the past, present, and future of the former Yugoslav states with a focus on Bosnia ...

NOV 21, 2013 Podcast

Symposium at the Scottish Parliament: From War to a Global Ethic

Is it possible to create a global code of ethics? In this Carnegie Council Centennial Symposium at the Scottish Parliament, the panelists discuss Andrew Carnegie's ...

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OCT 19, 2010 Article

Defence Review is an Opportunity, not a Threat, to our Military

Britain's military capacity is likely to shrink following the soon-to-be-released strategic defence and security review. But many of the changes most feared by the military ...

AUG 9, 2010 Podcast

Ethics for a 21st Century Army: Creating a Code of Professional Military Ethics

Major Chris Case (West Point) and David Rodin (Oxford University): What are the basic principles that should guide professional soldiers in the 21st century?

NOV 17, 2009 Podcast

How Rights Move: Losing and Acquiring Rights in the International Domain

David Rodin explores the logic which governs how rights may be lost, acquired and transferred--how they 'move'--and examines in particular the implications this has for ...

JUL 8, 2008 Podcast

Torture, Rights, and Values: Why the Prohibition of Torture is Absolute

Rodin's premise is that if we have a commitment against torture, then it leads to an absolute prohibition on torture. Luban worries that our commitment ...

DEC 7, 2006 Podcast

Reconciling Business Ethics Approaches

Rodin discusses how private businesses can reconcile the tensions between the stake-holder approach and the shareholder approach.