Christian Barry

Public Ethics Media

Christian Barry is director of the Centre for Moral, Social, and Political Theory (CMSPT) in the School of Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS), Australian National University. He also hosts Public Ethics Radio, an online audio broadcast with ethicists discussing timely and important practical dilemmas.

Barry has served as a consultant and contributing author to three of the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Reports, was editor of Ethics & International Affairs, and directed Carnegie Council's program Justice and the World Economy. He is currently a Global Ethics Fellow at Carnegie Council.

Barry is co-author, with Sanjay G. Reddy, of International Trade and Labor Standards: A Proposal for Linkage (2008), and he is also currently completing a book with Gerhard Øverland on the meaning and moral significance of the distinctions between doing, allowing, and enabling harm. Barry's articles have appeared in Philosophy & Public Affairs, Journal of Political Philosophy, Review of International Studies, International Affairs, Cornell International Law Journal, and Journal of Social Philosophy.

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

Focus: Debt, Development, Ethics, Finance, Governance, Jobs, Poverty, Trade, Australia, Asia, Global

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Selected Publications:

  • 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)

Language Fluency:

English, Portuguese

Last Updated: Jul 09, 2012

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