Department of Political Science


Dr Avia Pasternak

Avia Pasternak

Dr Avia Pasternak

Associate Professor in Global Ethics

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On sabbatical leave for Term 1, 2016/2017.


Avia Pasternak joined the Department of Political Science at UCL in January 2014. She is an Associate Professor in global ethics.

Before joining UCL, Avia was a lecturer in political theory at the Department of Government at the University of Essex.

Avia earned her D.Phil. in Politics from the University of Oxford in 2007. She holds BA and MA degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Program on Global Justice at Stanford University, and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL.

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  • PUBLG081 Global Ethics.

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Avia works in the area of political theory and global justice. Her primary research interest is collective agency and collective responsibility. She has published works on the distribution of collective responsibility in the state, the collective agency of democratic publics, the permissibility of international economic sanctions, and on collective punishment. She is currently working on a manuscript on the collective agency and responsibility of states, which will defy current international practices that assign collective agency and responsibility to all states, regardless of their internal structure and regime.

Avia is also been working on the issue of wrongful benefits. She has published works and edited a special issue in the Journal of Applied Philosophy on the duties that fall on agents who benefit from the wrongdoing of others.

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Working Papers

  • On the Wrongness of Intentional benefitting from Wrongdoing (with Bob Goodin)
  • Fair Play and Wrongful Benefits
  • Justifying the Punishment of States
  • Assigning responsibility to authoritative groups
  • The Collective Agency of States (book manuscript)

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Journal articles

  • ‘Voluntary Benefits from Wrongdoing’ The Journal of Applied Philosophy (forthcoming).
  • ‘Limiting States’ Corporate Responsibility’  The Journal of Political Philosophy 21 (4), 461-381, 2013.
  • ‘Cosmopolitan Justice and the League of Democracies’ Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy vol. 15 (5), 649-999, 2012.
  • ‘Sharing the Costs of Political Injustice’, Politics Philosophy Economics vol. 10 (2), 188-210, 2011.
  • ‘The Collective Responsibility of Democratic Publics’, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, vol. 41(1), 99-124, 2011.
  • ‘Sanctioning Liberal Democracies’, Political Studies vol. 57(1), 54-74, 2009.

Book chapters

  • ‘The Distributive Effect of Collective Punishment’ in Richard Vernon and Tracy Issacs (eds.) Accountability for Collective Wrongdoing (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • ‘The Public Responsibility of Democratic Citizens’  in: Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Ori Arbel-Ganz, and Asa Kasher (eds.) Public Responsibility in Israel,  Jerusalem, The Kibbutz Meuhad Press (forthcoming).
  • ‘The Communitarian Challenge to Rawls’s Theory’, in: David Heyd and Daniel Attas (eds.) John Rawls and his Legacy, Jerusalem, Magness Press, 2007 (with Avner de-Shalit).

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