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Daniel Butt

Daniel Butt

(MA, MPhil, DPhil Oxon)

Associate Professor of Political Theory, and Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Balliol College
Political Theory
Balliol College

Associate Professor in Political Theory, Department of Politics and International Relations.
Fellow and Tutor in Political Theory, Balliol College.

Research Interests

Theories of distributive and rectificatory justice, with particular reference to historical injustice and international politics; colonialism; egalitarianism; the ethics of cultural property; environmental ethics; judicial politics and the philosophy of law. More details at http://users.ox.ac.uk/~wadh1010/

Political Theory Equality International law International ethics and global justice


Undergraduate:Introduction to Politics: The Theory and Practice of Democracy; Theory of Politics; Advanced Paper in Theories of Justice; History of Political Thought: Plato to Rousseau

Graduate:Theory of Politics;Ethics; Mitigating Historical Injustice




  • (with Sarah Fine and Zofia Stemplowska) Political Theory, Here and Now: Essays in Honour of David Miller (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)


  • “What structural injustice theory leaves out", Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, forthcoming.

  • "Judicial independence and transformative constitutionalism: squaring the circle of legitimacy" in D. J. Galligan (ed.), The Courts and the People: Friend or Foe? (Hart, forthcoming) 

  • (with Zofia Stemplowska) "No country for strangers", in Butt, Fine, and Stemplowska, Political Theory, Here and Now: Essays in Honour of David Miller (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

  • (with Matthew Butt) “The mathematics of juries”, Counsel, forthcoming.

  • “The ethical implications of benefiting from injustice”, in Hugh LaFollette (ed.), Ethics in Practice: An Anthology (5th edition) (Wiley Blackwell, 2020).

  • “Restitution post bellum: property, inheritance, and corrective justice”, Journal of Applied Philosophy 36,3 (2019), 357-365

  • Decolonising universities: the second wave”, Common Ground 2 (2019), 16-19.

  • “Justice postcoloniale” [Postcolonial justice], in Patrick Savidan (ed.), Dictionnaire des inégalités et de la justice sociale (Presses universitaires de France, 2018) (in French).

  • “Historical emissions: does ignorance matter?”, in Lukas Meyer and Pranay Sanklecha (eds.), Historical Emissions and Climate Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017) pdf

  • “Law, governance and the ecological ethos”, in Stephen Gardiner and Allen Thompson (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2016) pdf

  • “Microfinance, non-ideal theory, and global distributive justice”, in Luis Cabrera and Tom Sorell (eds.) The Ethics of Microfinance (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • “Historical justice in post-colonial contexts: repairing historical wrongs and the end of Empire”, in Janna Thompson and Klaus Neumann (eds.) Historical Justice and Memory (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015)

  • “’A doctrine quite new and altogether untenable’: defending the beneficiary pays principle”, Journal of Applied Philosophy  31,4 (2014), 336-348 pdf

  • “Reparative justice: the debate over inherited inequities”, in Rupert Jones-Parry and Andrew Robertson (eds.), The Commonwealth Yearbook 2014 (Cambridge: Commonwealth Secretariat, 2014) pdf

  • "‘The Polluter Pays’: Backward-looking principles of intergenerational Justice and the environment" in Jean-Christophe Merle (ed.), Spheres of Global Justice, (Dortrecht: Springer, 2013) pdf

  • “Inheriting rights to reparation: compensatory justice and the passage of time”, Ethical Perspectives 20, 2 (2013), 245-269 pdf



The following reports were written for the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society in Oxford.