Christine Hobden

Christine Hobden – Lecturer

Hons BA, MA (UKZN), DPhil (Oxon).

Christine Hobden is a political philosopher whose research interests include global justice, citizenship, collective responsibility, equality, international normative thought, and the brain drain crisis. Christine completed her DPhil thesis under the supervision of Prof. David Miller and Prof. Cecile Fabre at Nuffield College, Oxford in September 2015. Her thesis, ‘States, Citizens & Global Injustice: The Political Channels of Responsibility’, sets out an account of the duties of states to each other, and the consequent responsibilities that citizens of liberal western democracies acquire.                                                                                       

Previously Christine was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Italy, under the mentorship of Prof. Rainer Baübock. Her early training was at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where she completed a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Law, and a BA Honours and MA in Philosophy.  Following this she read for an MPhil in Political Theory at St Antony’s College, Oxford. In 2014 Christine was a visiting student at Princeton University as a part of the Oxford Princeton Global Norms Collaboration. 

Christine has taught at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Oxford in the areas of contemporary political philosophy, history of political thought, jurisprudence, logic, and ethics. Her current projects include a book manuscript, Citizenship in a Globalized Age, and three articles, ‘Global Justice, States, and the Relational View’, ‘Equality in Negotiation: An Equality based model of International Relations’, and ‘Responsiveness versus Responsibility: Citizens’ View of Democracy’ (co-authored with Stefanie Reher).


Recent Publications:

Report on Citizenship Law: South Africa. (2018) RSCAS/GLOBALCIT-CR 2018/1 Available online:

Global justice, states, and the relational view. (2017) Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. Published Online 4 Nov 2017. Early View.

Taking up the slack: The duties of source state citizens in the brain drain crisis. (2017) South African Journal of Philosophy. Volume 36 (1).

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