Dr Jonathan Parry

Dr Jonathan Parry

Department of Philosophy
Birmingham Fellow

Contact details

Room G19
ERI Building
University of Birmingham

I'm a Birmingham Fellow in Global Ethics, specialising in moral and political philosophy. I am also Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics.


  • PhD The University of Sheffield
  • MA The University of Sydney
  • BA (hons) The University of Sheffield


I joined Birmingham in October 2015, following a post-doctoral fellowship at Stockholm University. I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Sheffield, during which I was also a visiting student at Rutgers University, USA.


This year I am teaching the Bioethics and Human Rights modules on the masters program, as well as the Moral Problems module for undergraduates.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome inquiries from prospective graduate students interested in normative ethics, applied ethics, and political philosophy.


My work explores how the resources of political and legal philosophy can shed light on topics in normative and applied ethics. I am currently working on two main projects. The first is the ethics of using force, and the morality of non-state violence and humanitarian intervention in particular. The second explores the ethics of public health policies, and especially the question of the extent to which paternalism objections apply to public health interventions.

For more information, please see my website: www.jonathan-parry.weebly.com


  • 'Defensive Harm, Consent, and Intervention', Philosophy and Public Affairs (forthcoming)
  • ‘Authority and Harm’, Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Vol.3 (forthcoming)
  • Civil War and Revolution’, The Oxford Handbook of Ethics and War, Helen Frowe and Seth Lazar (eds) (Oxford University Press) (forthcoming in print, published online)
  • ‘Legitimate Authority and the Ethics of War: A Map of the Terrain’, Ethics and International Affairs 31, No.2 (2017), 169-189
  • ‘Community, Liability and Just Conduct in War’, Philosophical Studies 172, No.12 (2015), 3313-3333
  • ‘Just War Theory, Legitimate Authority, and Irregular Belligerency’, Philosophia 43, No.1 (2015), 175-196