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The Routledge Handbook to Rethinking Ethics in International Relations

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February 1, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
428 Pages

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Book Description

Discussing cutting-edge debates in the field of international ethics, this key volume builds on existing work in the normative study of international relations. It responds to a substantial appetite for scholarship that challenges established approaches and examines new perspectives on international ethics, and that appraises the ethical implications of problems occupying students and scholars of international relations in the twenty-first century. The contributions, written by a team of international scholars, provide authoritative surveys and interventions into the field of international ethics. Focusing on new and emerging ethical challenges to international relations, and approaching existing challenges through the lens of new theoretical and methodological frameworks, the book is structured around five themes:

• New directions in international ethics

• Ethical actors and practices in international relations

• The ethics of climate change, globalization, and health

• Technology and ethics in international relations

• The ethics of global security

Interdisciplinary in its scope, this book will be an important resource for scholars and students in the fields of politics and international relations, philosophy, law and sociology, and a useful reference for anyone who wishes to acquire ‘ethical competence’ in the area of international relations.

Table of Contents


Birgit Schippers

PART I New Directions in International Ethics

1 Complexity Thinking and the Relational Ethics of Global Life

Emilian Kavalski

2 Anarchism and Global Ethics

Alex Prichard

3 The Ethics of Global Encounter

Michael J. Shapiro

4 Time, Decolonial Ethics and Invention

Anna M. Agathangelou

5 Race and Ethics in International Relations

T.D. Harper-Shipman and Lewis R. Gordon

6 Trans* Theorizing for Ethics in International Relations

Laura Sjoberg

7 Emotion and Ethics in International Relations

Andrew A.G. Ross

PART II Ethical Actors and Practices in International Relations

8 The Global Dead and the Ethics of Mourning and Remembrance

Jessica Auchter

9 Celebrities as Ethical Actors: Individuals and Cosmopolitan Obligation

Annika Bergman Rosamond

10 Foreign Policy, Populism and International Ethics

David T. Smith

11 The Ethics of Statelessness

Kelly Staples

12 Cross-Language, Sensitive Research with Refugees

Méabh McAuley

PART III Climate Change, Globalization, and Global Health: Challenges for International Ethics

13 Climate Change and Global Displacement: Towards an Ethical Response

Phillip Cole

14 Climate Change and International Ethics

Alexa Zellentin

15 International Political Economy (IPE): Towards a Contested Ethics of Globalization

Marco Andreu and James Brassett

16 The Ethics of Global Development

Gerard McCann

17 The Ethics of Global Health: Taking Stock of the State-Market-Citizen Nexus in Global Governance for Health

Lauren Paremoer

18 Global Bioethics

Adèle Langlois

PART IV Technology and Ethics in International Relations

19 Border Technologies and Ethics in Security: Presuming Consent, Obscuring Responsibility

Heather L. Johnson

20 The Ethics of Mass Surveillance

John Guelke

21 Drones and the Ethics of War

Thomas Gregory

22 Autonomous Weapons Systems and Ethics in International Relations

Birgit Schippers

23 International Humanitarian and Development Aid and Big Data Governance

Andrej Zwitter

PART V The Ethics of Global Security

24 The Responsibility to Protect and the Ethics of Humanitarianism

Alex J. Bellamy

25 Rethinking the Ethics of Private War

Deane-Peter Baker

26 Posthuman Security

Carolin Kaltofen

27 Nonviolence in International Relations

Iain Atack

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Birgit Schippers is Senior Lecturer in Politics at St Mary’s University College Belfast and a visiting research fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast.


"This timely collection of essays articulates a new generation of fresh, critical and original insights into the most urgent ethical dilemmas and emerging issues rapidly transforming the world. In so doing, this stimulating volume makes a precious contribution to thinking anew about the field of international ethics and the significant problems that humanity now faces." - Patrick Hayden, Editor, Journal of International Political Theory and Professor, University of St Andrews, UK.