Professor David Whetham
Dr David Whetham is Professor of Ethics and the Military Profession at the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the UK Defence Academy where he coordinates or delivers the military ethics component of courses for between two and three thousand British and international officers a year.
David has been a Visiting Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, Annapolis (2011), and with the Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics at the Australian Defence College in Canberra (2009). He is currently a PLuS Alliance Fellow, coordinating reserach activities with King's strategic partners at University of New South Wales and Arizona State University, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at UNSW Canberra.
Publications include Ethics, Law and Military Operations (Palgrave, 2010), Just Wars and Moral Victories (Brill, 2009) and with Andrea Ellner & Paul Robinson (Eds), When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military (Ashgate: 2014).
David is Vice President of the European Chapter of the International Society for Military Ethics (Euro ISME) which holds an annual conference for military practitioners, academics and defence policy-makers.
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Lt Gen (Rtd) Professor Martin CM Bricknell CB OStJ PhD DM MBA MA MedSci
Deputy Director & Professorial Advisor “Ethics Education for Crisis Medicine”
Professor Bricknell served 34 years in the UK Defence Medical Services, culminating his service as the last Surgeon General. He undertook operational tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Balkans with multiple additional overseas assignments. In 2010 and 2006, he held senior Medical Adviser appointments in the NATO ISAF mission. He commanded 22 Field Hospital in 1999-2002. He has trained as a general practitioner and is an accredited specialist in both Public Health and Occupational Medicine. He holds two doctorates and 3 masters degrees. He has published over 100 academic papers across military medical subjects. He is especially interested in how organisations learn, care pathways in military healthcare, and the political economy of health in conflict. He was awarded the Companion of the Order of Bath, the Order of St John and the US Bronze Star during his military service. He took up his current appointment in April 2019.
Core Team: Military Ethics
Dr Marina Miron
Post Doctoral Researcher
Marina Miron holds a BA in Politics and American Studies (Jt Hons) from the University of Nottingham, and a MA in War & Contemporary Conflict (Distinction) from the same institution. In February 2019, Marina successfully completed her PhD studies in the area of military strategy at the University of New South Wales Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Australia. Since 2012 she has been working as assistant editor at Infinity Journal and The Journal of Military Operations. Marina has participated in a range of academic conferences such as the International Studies Association Annual Convention, and taught short courses related to strategic studies, intelligence and counterinsurgency/counterterrorism at various establishments, most notably, at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany. Marina’s main research interests include strategic and war studies with emphasis on the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Russia, the thought of Clausewitz, and forms of contemporary warfare, including cyber-warfare, and ‘irregular warfare’.
Core Team: Military Medical Ethics
Dr Chiu-Yi Lin
Dr. Chiu-Yi Lin is a Research Associate in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Prior to this she received her MSc degree in 2013 and obtained her PhD in Nursing at the University of Manchester, UK, in 2019. She then joined the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry and worked on various health service projects.
In her early career, Chiu-Yi was a registered nurse in psychiatric inpatient wards at Tri-Service General Hospital, Taiwan (a military hospital). After this, she worked as a lecturer in two college-level institutions, teaching mental healthcare and conducting literature reviews. During her career, she has worked at various research institutions, hospitals, colleges, and universities in the UK and Taiwan in the field of health service research.
She is especially interested in military medical ethics, military healthcare, global health and security systems, pain management, opioid use, shared decision making, quality of life, evidence-based practice, mental health services research, and medical education.
Dr Janet Kelly
Visiting Senior Lecturer
Janet is a Senior Lecturer (Band 9) in Healthcare Law and Ethics at the University of Hull and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer.
Janet qualified as a nurse in 1988 and as a midwife in 1991. She joined the British Army in Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps first as a reservist in 1989 and then as a regular Nursing Officer in 1992. Her service has included Germany, Gibraltar, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo and more recently Sierra Leone at the end of the Ebola outbreak. She is now a reservist at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Medical Operational Support Group. On leaving regular service, Janet undertook a Master’s of Arts in Human Resources Management and then a qualifying Law degree at the University of Teesside. Janet’s PhD is in Health Studies in 2012 and is titled, ‘Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in British Military Healthcare practice’.
Janet has many published national and international academic papers on healthcare and military ethics including a book titled, ‘Is Medical Ethics in Armed Conflict Identical to Medical Ethics in Peace?’ that was nominated for the Medical Book Award of the Year 2013 and more recently a book chapter in 2019 ‘on ‘Legal Issues in Midwifery Care: In Empowering Decision-Making in Midwifery, A Global Perspective’.
Janet has been awarded NATO medals, the Queens Silver and Gold Jubilee medals and the Volunteer Reserve Medal.
Zachary Bailey graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 2020. He was subsequently awarded a Marshall Scholarship, through which he is completing his Masters Degree from King's College London in Global Health with a focus on Conflict and Security. He has future plans to go to medical school in the United States after completing his two years on the Marshall Scholarship, and he will serve in the US military as a physican. He has particular interests in the interactions between military medical programs, international organizations, NGOs, and local healthcare providers in areas of conflict. Further study of the concepts of neutrality and impartiality for healthcare in conflict prompted Zachary to join the King's Centre for Military Ethics with a particular interest in researching military medical ethics (MME). He is currently focusing on how MME are discussed in languages and cultures other than English.
Active Contributors and Research Fellows
Dr Deane-Peter Baker
Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Dr Deane-Peter Baker was appointed to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra (at the Australian Defence Force Academy) in August 2012, where he is also a researcher in the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society.
He came to Canberra from Annapolis, Maryland, USA, where he was an Assistant Professor of Ethics in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy for two and a half years. Prior to that Dr Baker was Associate Professor of Ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, where he taught for eleven years. His PhD, in philosophy, was awarded by Macquarie University. Dr Baker served briefly in the British Army, and served the South African Army Reserve where he was Convenor of the South African Army Strategy Research Group and part of the leadership team of the Umvoti Mounted Rifles, a reserve armoured cavalry regiment.
A specialist in both the ethics of armed conflict and military strategy, Dr Baker's research straddles philosophy, ethics and security studies. From 2006 to 2008 Dr Baker was Chairman of the Ethics Society of South Africa. He has held visiting fellowships at the Triangle Institute for Security Studies in North Carolina, the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College and Kings College London. From 2007 to 2010 Dr Baker was editor of the African Security Review. Dr Baker created the world’s first Massive Open Online Course on the topic of Military Ethics, hosted on the FutureLearn platform. In 2017 he was appointed to the International Panel for the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons.
Lt Col. Tom McDermott DSO MA
Lt Col. Tom McDermott DSO MA joined the British Army in 2001. Through fourteen years' service he has operated from the tactical to the strategic. He took part in the 2003 Iraq invasion as a tank commander, and has worked in both the EU Military HQ in Brussels and within highly-sensitive MOD departments. In 2011 he attended the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra, where he gained an MA in Strategy and Policy and was awarded the Governor General's Prize as the best student.
In recent years he has specialised in the NATO operation in Afghanistan, planning and coordinated high-tempo strike operations throughout the country. In 2013 he commanded the Reconnaissance Force for the UK's 7th Armoured Brigade (the Desert Rats), where he led 50 air-mobile missions. For this he was awarded the UK's Distinguished Service Order. Maj McDermott has most recently been employed as an Instructor at the Defence Academy of the UK, specialising in leadership and land warfare. In October 2015 he transferred to the Australian Army.
Lt Col Andres Eduardo Fernandez-Osorio
Andres Eduardo Fernandez-Osorio, PhD in Law and Political Science, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the National Army of Colombia currently serving as head of the Department of Postgraduate Studies at the Colombian War College (Escuela Superior de Guerra “Rafael Reyes Prieto”) and associate professor at the Colombian Army Military Academy (Escuela Militar de Cadetes “General Jose Maria Cordova”). He holds an MA in Economy, State and Society: Politics and Security (University College London, UK); an MA in International Relations (Higher School of Economics Moscow, Russian Federation); and an MA in Defence and National Security (Colombian War College).
He is a graduate of the UK Defence Academy – Joint Services Command and Staff College, and has acted as a guest lecturer at the Colombian War College (Escuela Superior de Guerra) and at the Del Rosario University (Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario). During his career, he has served as the liaison officer at the Military and Air Force attaché office of the Embassy of Colombia to the United Kingdom, and an assistant to the Military, Naval and Air Force attaché of the Embassy of Colombia to the Russian Federation.
Dr Andrea Ellner
Dr Andrea Ellner is a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the UK Defence Academy. She is an inter-disciplinary scholar who holds a PhD in Political Science, Free University of Berlin, and MA History, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich. Her current research and specialist teaching focus on historical and contemporary dimensions of civil-military and military-society relations in Europe and the US, particularly gender integration in Western armed forces, ethics of war and military organisations, social discourses on war and warriors, gender and armed conflict.
She has served on the Committee of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (2005/6), was a visiting lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2005) and a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (1994-5).
Publications include ‘The Ethics of Inclusion: Gender Equality, Equal Opportunity and Sexual Assault in the Australian, British, Canadian and US Armed Forces,’ in George Lucas (ed.), Handbook of Military Ethics. (Routledge: forthcoming 2015) and "War Resisters in the US and Britain – Supporting the Case for a Right to Selective Conscientious Objection?" in Andrea Ellner, Paul Robinson and David Whetham (Eds), When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military (Ashgate: 2014).
Dr Ellner is a member of the European Chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics (EURO-ISME), the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), London, the Royal United Services Institution (RUSI), London, and the British Pugwash Society.
Dr Mohammed Metwally
Post Doctoral Researcher
Mo Metwally is a post-doctoral researcher with the King’s Centre for military ethics, supporting the research for health in conflict project. He is a fellow of SYLFF foundation (The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund). He has held fellowships in Jaen University, Castilla de la Mancha, and Deusto in Spain. He has also been a visiting researcher in the department of forensic medicine in the University of Palermo to study the impact of ethical leadership on the efficiency and reliability of forensic operations, and in the Institute of Statistics of Cairo University. His current research activities lie in the field of military and military medical ethics during conflict and post-conflict.
Dr. Lonneke Peperkamp
Dr. Lonneke Peperkamp is assistant professor in philosophy of law at Radboud University Nijmegen and SPIRe research fellow at University College Dublin. Lonneke has an interdisciplinary background in law, philosophy, and conflict studies, and holds a PhD in just war theory (specifically jus post bellum and peace building). She was previously a visiting assistant professor at Hong Kong University, visiting research fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, and researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt. Lonneke teaches courses on the ethics of war and peace, philosophy of human rights, global distributive justice, the ethics of violence, philosophy of law, and war and violent conflict. Her main research interests are war and political violence, military ethics, peace building, space law and security, global justice, and human rights. She is a member of the Board of Directors of EuroISME (the International Society for Military Ethics in Europe).
Prof. Dr Dragan Stanar
Dr Dragan Stanar is Associate Professor of Ethics at the Faculty of International Politics and Security, UNT University in Belgrade. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Military Ethics at the Military Academy in Belgrade and at the School of National Defence of the University of Defense. He is a member of the EuroISME Board of Directors and editor-in-chief of the online Ethics of Peace and War collection. Dragan has published over 30 academic papers on ethics of war, military ethics and political ethics along with two books – Just war (2019) and Ethics of International Politics (2021). SAF officer in reserve. Fields of interest include ethics of war, ethics of political violence, and political philosophy.
Dr George Wilkes
Visiting Research Fellow
Dr George R. Wilkes is an Affiliated Research Fellow focused on military ethics education and its relationship with International Humanitarian Law. Director of the Project on Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace at the University of Edinburgh, he has lectured at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Leuven, Birmingham and California. He is currently co-directing a Euro-ISME case study project on positive applications of ethical and legal norms, designed as a partner project to the ICRC’s IHL in Action platform. Other recent projects have included a cross-cultural dialogue between Chinese and Western military ethics educators, and a co-edited volume on uses of the Holocaust in military ethics education.
Charlie Beardmore is currently undertaking a PhD in Military Medical Ethics with Kings College London. He has many years previous experience as a medical practitioner and leader within the UK Defence Medical Services. He is particularly interested in deriving pragmatic military medical ethical frameworks which have broad utility in times of conflict and which can successfully guide clinical decision making, in often difficult circumstances. His current work builds on his previous experience gaining a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics, operational deployments and military leadership and management training.
Active Research Fellows
Nur Shaheen Binte Zainudin
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2021
Nur Shaheen, a third-year student of Global Health and Social Medicine at Kings College London, was selected by Dr. Martin Bricknell in the Centre for Military Ethics as an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the summer of 2021. In this role, she was overseen by Lin Chiu-Yi to develop a bibliometric visual map of French-language academic and gray literature articles surrounding military medical ethics keywords. This process also included scoping out Malay and Indonesian language databases following similar themes. Some of these works contributed to Zackary Bailey’s postgraduate publications. In the future, Shaheen aims to work in the field of indigenous health disparities in the realm of healthcare distribution, particularly in Southeast Asia.