Cian O'Driscoll

Assoc Prof Cian O'Driscoll

Senior Fellow/Associate Professor & School Deputy Director - HDR


BA (Hons) (Limerick), MA (Hons)( Dalhousie), PhD (Wales)

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Cian O'Driscoll

Cian O’Driscoll joined the ANU in 2020. Prior to this, he completed his PhD at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and worked at the University of Glasgow.

His principal area of research is the intersection between normative international relations theory and the history of political thought, with a particular focus on the ethics of war.

His published work examines the development of the just war tradition over time and the role it plays in circumscribing contemporary debates about the rights and wrongs of warfare. These themes are reflected in his two monographs: Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Just War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019) and The Renegotiation of the Just War Tradition (New York: Palgrave, 2008).

Cian has also co-edited three volumes and his work has been published in leading journals in the field, including International Studies Quarterly, the European Journal of International Relations, the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Global Security Studies, Review of International Studies, Ethics & International Affairs, and Millennium. He was the PI on an ESRC project entitled Moral Victories and was a 2019 ISRF fellow. Cian is currently the Chair of the International Ethics section of the International Studies Association.


Cian teaches the graduate course World Politics INTR8036/8071 (Semester 2, 2020).

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