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Professor Cécile Fabre

MA, DPhil, FBA
Senior Research Fellow since 2014
My current research looks at the ethics of the transition from war to peace. I am currently finishing a research monograph which addresses (amongst others) questions such as the ethics of ending wars, what constitutes a just peace settlement, whether we are morally obliged to punish war criminals, and whether and how we should commemorate wars. I am also developing a few smaller projects – including one on prisoners’ rights, and another one on the question of self-forgiveness.
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Professor Cécile Fabre
  • Background

    • Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 2014)
    • Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Oxford and Tutor and Fellow (CUF) in Philosophy, Lincoln College, Oxford (from 2010 to 2014)
    • Chair of Political Theory, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh (from 2007 to 2010)
    • Lecturer (till 2007) then Senior Lecturer (2005–7) in Political Theory, Department of Government, LSE (from 2000 to 2007)
    • Prize Research Fellow, Nuffield College (from 1998 to 2000)
    • Lecturer in Political Theory, Worcester College, Oxford (from 1998 to 2000)
    • Postgraduate at Universities of York and Oxford (from 1992 to 1997)
    • Undergraduate at University of La Sorbonne (from 1989 to 1992)
  • Research interests

    • Just war theory
    • Use of force short of war in international relations
    • Bioethics
    • Justice
    • Rights
  • Selected publications

    • (co-edited with Seth Lazar), The Morality of Defensive War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
    • Cosmopolitan War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
    • Justice in a Changing World (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007).
    • Whose Body is it Anyway? Justice and the Integrity of the Person (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006; paperback ed. 2008).
    • Social Rights Under the Constitution: Government and the Decent Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).
  • Research awards and grants

    • British Academy Mid-Career Research Fellowship (2013–2014).
    • AHRC Research Leave (2004).
    • ESRC doctoral studentship (1994-1997).
    • Besse scholarship, Worcester College (1994-1997).