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Professor of International Politics and Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University

Toni Erskine is Professor of International Politics and Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University (ANU). She is also Editor of 'International Theory: A Journal of International Politics, Law, and Philosophy', Associate Fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, and a Chief Investigator on the ‘Humanising Machine Intelligence’ Grand Challenge research project at ANU. She currently serves on the advisory group for the Google/United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) ‘AI for the Social Good’ Research Network, administered by the Association for Pacific Rim Universities.

Her research interests include the impact of artificial intelligence on responsibilities of restraint in war; the moral agency of formal organisations (such as states, transnational corporations, and intergovernmental organisations) in international politics; informal associations and imperatives for joint action in the context of global crises; cosmopolitan theories and their critics; the ethics of war; and, the responsibility to protect populations from mass atrocity crimes (R2P).

She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she was Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Fellow, and then British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow. Before coming to ANU, she held a Personal Chair in International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and was Professor of International Politics, Director of Research, and Associate Director (Politics and Ethics) of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at UNSW Canberra (at the Australian Defence Force Academy).

Professor Erskine’s books include: Embedded Cosmopolitanism: Duties to Strangers and Enemies in a World of 'Dislocated Communities’ (Oxford University Press, 2008), recipient of the ‘2008/2009 Notable Book Award in International Ethics’, International Studies Association; Tragedy and International Relations (ed. with Richard Ned Lebow; Palgrave Macmillan, 2012; paperback edition 2016), CHOICE outstanding academic title winner 2014; and International Relations Theory Today (ed. with Ken Booth; Polity, 2016). She is currently completing a single-authored monograph entitled Locating Responsibility: Institutional Moral Agency and International Relations.


  • –present
    Professor, UNSW Australia