Professor of International Politics, UNSW

Toni Erskine is currently Professor of International Politics at UNSW Australia, Associate Director (Politics & Ethics) of UNSW’s Australian Centre for Cyber Security, and Convenor of the International Ethics Research Group at UNSW Canberra. She held a Personal Chair as Professor of International Politics at Aberystwyth University in the UK until 2013. She was previously British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre of International Studies, the University of Cambridge and was awarded a PhD in Political Philosophy International Politics from Trinity College, University of Cambridge as Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar. She is past Chair of the International Ethics Section of the International Studies Association (2008-10), and recently served as an elected member of its Governing Council (2014-16). She has been Lurie-Murdoch Senior Research Fellow in Global Ethics (2008-10) and Honorary Professor (2010-12) at RMIT University in Melbourne, Visiting Scholar at Sydney University (2011-12), Senior Research Associate in International Politics at Aberystwyth University (2013-14), and, most recently, Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford (May-June 2016). In March 2016 she was awarded UNSW Canberra’s Dorothy Green Award for research excellence.

Her research straddles international relations and moral and political philosophy and examines ethical questions in relation to practical problems in the non-ideal world of international politics. Her published work has focused on the following themes: moral agency and responsibility in relation to formal organisations (such as multinational corporations, including BP in the context of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and intergovernmental organisations, such as the United Nations during the Rwandan genocide); the ethics of war; the responsibility to protect (R2P); cosmopolitan theories and their critics; norms and cyber security; the ethics of intelligence collection; and moral responsibility in relation to new technologies of war (particularly with respect to artificial intelligence and autonomous weapons).

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.


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    Professor, UNSW Australia