Dr Ned Dobos

Senior Lecturer in International & Political Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
UNSW Canberra Cyber
+61 2 5114 5071
+61 2 6268 8879


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Ned Dobos received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining UNSW Canberra he held research and/or teaching positions at the ANU, Monash, Melbourne, Deakin, and Charles Sturt University. More recently Dr. Dobos was a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and a Senior Global Justice Fellow at the MacMillan Centre for International Studies at Yale University. His research specialisation is the ethics of war and political violence, with particular interests in armed humanitarian intervention, pacifism, and soldier-state relations. Dr. Dobos is the author of Insurrection and Intervention: the Two Faces of Sovereignty (Cambridge University Press 2012), and The New Pacifism: Just War in the Real World (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He also works in business ethics and corporate social responsibility. After the credit-crunch of 2008 he co-edited Global Financial Crisis: the Ethical Issues (Palgrave). Dr. Dobos is currently Assistant Regional Director of the International Society for Military Ethics, Asia-Pacific Division, and an adjunct fellow with the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.

Scholarships of $35,000 (AUD) are available for PhD students who achieved a H1/High Distinction average in their UG program and/or have completed a Masters by Research. If you are interested, contact me at n.dobos@unsw.edu.au

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Dobos N, 2020, Ethics, Security, and the War Machine The True Cost of the Military, Oxford University Press, USA

Coady CAJ; Dobos N; Sanyal S, 2018, Challenges for humanitarian intervention: Ethical demand and political reality, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198812852.001.0001

Dr D, 2011, Insurrection and Intervention: The Two Faces of Sovereignty, First, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK

Book Chapters

Dobos N, 2018, 'On the Uses and 'Abuses' of Responsibility to Protect', in Challenges for Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical Demand and Political Reality, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, pp. 123 - 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198812852.003.0007

Dobos N, 2015, 'Moral Trauma and Moral Degradation', in Moral Injury Unseen Wounds in an Age of Barbarism, University of New South Wales Press, pp. 126 - 134, https://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/unseen-wounds/

Dobos N, 2015, 'Humanitarian Intervention', in baker D (ed.), Key Concepts in Military Ethics, pp. 122 - 127

Dobos N, 2015, 'Rebellion', in baker D (ed.), Key Concepts in Military Ethics, pp. 117 - 121

Dobos N, 2015, 'Realism', in Baker D (ed.), Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press, pp. 102 - 106

Dobos N, 2015, 'Pacifism', in Baker D (ed.), Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press, pp. 96 - 101

Dobos N, 2015, 'Shareholder Rights and Zero-Sum CSR: Strategies for Reconciliation', in Idowu SO; Frederiksen CS; Mermod AY; Nielsen MEJ (ed.), Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance, edn. CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance, Springer, pp. 255 - 267, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10909-1

Dobos N; Coady CAJ, 2014, 'All or Nothing: Are There Any 'Merely Permissible' Humanitarian Interventions?', in The Ethics of Armed Humanitarian Intervention, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, pp. 78 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139567589.008

Dobos N, 2013, 'Endangering Soldiers and the Problem of Private Military Contractors', in Allhoff F; Evans NG; Henschke A (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War: Just War Theory in the 21st Century, edn. 1, Routledge, New York, pp. 265 - 272, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415539340/

Dobos N, 2012, 'Political Obligation', in Pritchard D (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies Online: Philosophy, edn. 1st, Oxford Univerrsity Press, New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0078

Dr D, 2011, 'Introduction', in Dobos N; Barry C; Pogge T (ed.), Global Financial Crisis: the Ethical Issues, Palgrave MacMillan, Houndsmills, Basingstoke, pp. 1 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315710044

Dr D, 2011, 'Neoliberalism - Is This the End?', in Dobos N; Barry C; Pogge T (ed.), Global Financial Crisis: the Ethical Issues, edn. 1, Palgrave MacMillan, Houndsmills, Basingstoke, pp. 63 - 81, http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=414639

Dr D, 2011, 'U nacionalnom interesu: moral i politicki realizam', in Primorac I (ed.), Politika I Moral, edn. First, Kruzak, Zagreb Croatia, pp. 249 - 265

Dr D, 2007, 'Political Obligation', in Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edn. Original, pp. N/A - online publication - N/A - online publication, http://www.iep.utm.edu/

Journal articles

Dobos N, 2019, 'War as a Workplace: Ethical Implications of the Occupational Shift', Journal of Military Ethics, vol. 18, pp. 248 - 260, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15027570.2019.1689613

Dobos N, 2018, 'Exploitation, Working Poverty, and the Expressive Power of Wages', Journal of Applied Philosophy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/japp.12314

Dobos N, 2017, 'What’s So Deviant about Production Deviance?', Social Theory and Practice, vol. 43, pp. 519 - 540, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/soctheorpract20178112

Dobos N, 2016, 'Idealism, Realism, and Success in Armed Humanitarian Intervention', Philosophia, vol. online first, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11406-016-9704-0

Dobos N, 2015, 'Networking, Corruption, and Subversion', Journal of Business Ethics, vol. Online First, September 2015, pp. 467 - 478, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-015-2853-4

Dobos N, 2015, 'The Duty to Hire on Merit: Mapping the Terrain', Journal of Value Inquiry, vol. Online First, September 2015, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10790-015-9516-7

Dobos N, 2015, 'Anna Goppel: Killing Terrorists: A Legal and Moral Analysis', ETHICAL THEORY AND MORAL PRACTICE, vol. 18, pp. 671 - 672, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10677-015-9570-z

Dobos N, 2015, 'Punishing Non-Conscientious Disobedience: Is the Military a Rogue Employer?', Philosophical Forum, vol. 46, pp. 105 - 119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/phil.12058

Balint P; Dobos N, 2015, 'Perpetuating the Military Myth - Why the Psychology of the 2014 Australian Defence Pay Deal Is Irrelevant', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 74, pp. 359 - 363, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12161

Dobos N, 2014, 'Advert-Evaluation and Product-Appraisal: A Two Way Street?', Business and Professional Ethics Journal, vol. 33, pp. 17 - 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/bpej20144227

Dr D, 2012, 'International Rescue and Mediated Consequences', Ethics and International Affairs, vol. 26, pp. 335 - 353, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0892679412000457

Dr D, 2012, 'The Democratization of Credit', Journal of Social Philosophy, vol. 43, pp. 50 - 63, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9833.2012.01547.x

Dr D, 2011, 'Consistency in the Armed Enforcement of Human Rights: A Moral Necessity?', Journal of Moral Philosophy, vol. 8, pp. 92 - 109, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/174552411X549408

Dr D, 2011, 'Non-Libertarianism and Shareholder Theory: A Reply to Schaefer', Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 98, pp. 273 - 279, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-010-0547-5

Dr D, 2010, 'Is U.N. Security Council Authorisation for Armed Humanitarian Intervention Morally Necessary?', Philosophia, vol. 38, pp. 415 - 499, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11406-009-9233-1

Dr D, 2010, 'On Altruistic War and National Responsibility: Justifying Humanitarian Intervention to Soldiers and Taxpayers', Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, vol. 13, pp. 19 - 31, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10677-009-9167-5

Dr D, 2008, 'Rebellion, Humanitarian Intervention, and the Prudential Constraints on War', Journal of Military Ethics: normative aspects of the use of military force, vol. 7, pp. 102 - 115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15027570701565714

Dr D, 2007, 'The Re-Emerging Medieval Interventionism', Antithesis, vol. 17, pp. 51 - 64, http://antithesisjournal.wordpress.com/

Dr D, 2007, 'Democratic Authorization and Civilian Immunity', Philosophical Forum, vol. 38, pp. 81 - 88, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9191.2007.00254.x

Conference Papers

Dr D, 2011, 'Reconciling CSR and Shareholder Primacy: An Alternative Approach', in Reconciling CSR and Shareholder Primacy: An Alternative Approach, St John's University, New York, USA, presented at Sustainability: The Legacy of Business Ethics. The 18th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, St John's University, New York, 26 October 2011 - 28 October 2011

Conference Presentations

Dr D, 2012, 'Is Unilateral Intervention Always Unethical?', presented at Second Doshisha-UNESCO International Conference on Humanitarian Intervention, Doshisha University, Kyoto Japan, 25 June 2012 - 26 June 2012, http://gdoshisha.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/ned-dobos-paper.pdf