Professor Nigel Biggar


BA Modern History, University of Oxford (1976); MA in Religious Studies, University of Chicago (1980); Master of Christian Studies, Regent College (1981); PhD in Christian Theology, University of Chicago; Chaplain & Fellow, Oriel College, Oxford (1990-99); Professor of Theology & Ethics, University of Leeds (1999-2004); Professor of Theology & Ethics, Trinity College Dublin (2004-7).

Research Area:

Christian and Religious Ethics

Research Interests:

Ethics of empire, nationality, rights, war, assisted suicide & euthanasia, forgiveness & reconciliation; the role of religion in the public life of liberal societies; the bearing of theology on moral life.

External Engagement:

Independent Scientific and Technical Advisor, Ministry of Defence; member, Advisory Council, These Islands; member, Pontifical Academy of Life; occasional columnist for The Times newspaper.


Twitter: @NigelBiggar

McDonald Centre

Select Publications

  • "A Global State, International Law and the Containment of Persistent Conflict: Anglican Response to Pacem in Terris"

  • Imprudent Jurisprudence? Human Rights and Moral Contingency

  • In Response

  • In Defence of Just War: Christian Tradition, Controversies, and Cases

  • Just War and International Law: A Response to Mary Ellen O’Connell

  • "Fostering Reconciliation as a Goal of Military Ethics"

  • Why Christianity benefits secular public discourse, and why, therefore, Anglican bishops should sit in a reformed House of Lords

  • Honey from the Lion: Christianity and the Ethics of Nationalism

  • Men and Women in Marriage: Does it Add Up?

  • Individual Rights versus Common Security? Christian Moral Reasoning about Torture

  • More