Keble Theology Workshop

In Defence of War?Keble Theology Workshop
A workshop with Nigel Biggar

with responses from

Esther Reed
Assoc. Prof. of Theology and Director, Network for Religion in Public Life, University of Exeter

Dapo Akande
UL in Public International Law and Co-Director, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict

Tuesday 3 December, 5.00 p.m.
The Pusey Room, Keble College, Oxford

Nigel Biggar’s provocative new book argues a just war position supporting aggressive war in punishment of grave injustice, even if it may be in transgression of positive international law. He will be articulating his view initially in debate with Christian ethicist Esther Reed and international lawyer Dapo Akande, and then in response to questions from the floor.

This event is open to all, but numbers are limited to 60: please book early by email (one for each person attending) to  All are welcome to stay for drinks after the workshop (6.30 p.m.).

Sponsored by Hursley Theological Society, Keble College

Conflict: a moral imperative?

Conflict - Veritas ForumJust war and humanitarian intervention

Professor Nigel Biggar and The Rt Hon Clare Short (Former Secretary of State for International Development) will be speaking at this year’s Veritas Forum, on the topic of Conflict: a moral imperative? Just war and humanitarian intervention.

The Forum will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 14 November (fifth week) in the Garden Auditorium at St John’s College. All welcome.

For more information, visit

After Libya: A Responsibility to Protect?

Last week, in an ongoing collaboration between Chatham House and the McDonald Centre, top scholars and other experts investigated the ethics of humanitarian intervention in a one-day colloquium entitled, After Libya: The Ethics of Military Intervention Revisited.

Because the event was held under the Chatham House Rule, the full list of participants is confidential, but one of the observers posted this account of the day. Much of the the discussion concerned a newly-emerging, but also controversial, norm in international relations called Responsibility to Protect (usually abbreviated R2P). This concept was compared to other approaches to military intervention, such as just war and human rights, especially in light of the recent conflict in Libya.

The programme for the event is available here.

Biggar Debates Iraq War

Before a crowd of nearly 200 at Chatham House, Nigel Biggar debated the justice of the Iraq War with David Fisher of King’s College, London. Numerous Members of Parliament who had served during the lead-up to the war joined the discussion, as well as high-ranking civil servants who had themselves contributed to the decision to join the war. The debate was introduced by the military historian, Sir Michael Howard, and chaired by Paul Cornish of Chatham House. The debate was sponsored by the Council of Christian Approaches to Disarmament.

You can learn more about Biggar’s take on the war in a recent issue of International Affairs. An upcoming issue of that journal will include a revised version of the debate.

Debate: Was Iraq an Unjust War?

bookshotOn Tuesday, 22 March, Nigel Biggar will debate Dr David Fisher on the question, Was Iraq an Unjust War? at Chatham House, London. Professor Sir Michael Howard will introduce the debate. The event is presented by Chatham House, the nation’s premier institute for international affairs, as well as Oxford University Press and the Council on Christian Approaches to Defense. A drinks reception will follow.

The event will also mark the launch of Dr Fisher’s book, Morality and War: Can War Be Just in the Twenty-First Century?, copies of which will be available at a discount.

For full details or to RSVP, visit the event page at Chatham House. To attend, please RSVP by 21 February.