Dr Stephen Winter

BA(Hons) (UBC), MA (Dalhousie), DPhil (Oxford)


  • Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Prior to my arrival here in February of 2007, I was a doctoral student and lecturer at the University of Oxford. Before Oxford, I studied at Dalhousie (MA) and the University of British Columbia (BA Hons). I grew up in Vancouver, Canada.

My teaching is mainly on and around areas of justice, rights and democracy, but my interests in political theory, politics and philosophy are pretty broad. Moreover, I have jurisprudential inclinations and I've been known to discuss questions of cultural politics, federalism and indigenous politics.

Students, both potential and current are welcome to email  me as regards to any teaching or research questions. More generally, I have an open-door policy and I am happy for students to drop in. But, I do not have office hours. If you wish to be sure to meet me, please email me and we will make an appointment.

For an up-to-date list of my publications, please go to my webspace

What am I reading?

guardian.co.uk; herald.co.nz; globeandmail.com; crookedtimber.org; newleftreview.org; arsenal.com

Research | Current

  • Normative political theory
  • Political philosophy
  • Justice, historical justice
  • Identity politics
  • History of political thought.

I tend to work on questions of state wrongdoing and its redress. At present, I'm engaged in a long-term research project concerning the redress of institutional child abuse. I'm also interested (and write on) in theories of rights, democracy, questions of collective responsibility, the nature of political obligation and other related areas.

In 2014, I published Transitional Justice in Established Democracies: A Political Theory Palgrave Macmillan, London. A work in political theory, the book explains how states are using transitional justice mechanism, such as truth commissions, official apologies and reparations, to repair the damage state wrongdoing inflicts upon political legitimacy.

Since my work straddles the borders of political theory, philosophy and law, I chair the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Society for Legal and Social Philosophy. This society supports relevant scholarship across a number of theoretical fields by organizing regular presentations and other events. For more information see: http://nzlsp.wordpress.com

I am also the book review editor for the Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory.

In 2015, I will be involved with commemorating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. For more information go to https://magnacartanz.wordpress.com/

For a full (and more up-to-date) list of my publications, go to stephenwintertheory.wordpress.com

           At the NZLSP

Teaching | Current

POLITICS 209 Modern Political Thought

POLITICS 320 Social Justice

POLITICS 702 Economics of Policy

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome conversation with any student interested in pursuing postgraduate study. In terms of supervision, I'm happy to be involved in a broad range of projects concerning justice, democracy, legitimacy, rights, rectificatory and transitional justice.

Areas of expertise

justice, democracy, reparations and redress, rights theory, transitional justice

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Chair, New Zealand Society for Legal and Society Philosophy

Chair, New Zealand Political Theory Network

Book Review Editor, Dialogues for Historical Justice and Memory

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Winter, S. (2015). Theorising the Political Apology. Journal of Political Philosophy, 23 (3), 261-281. 10.1111/jopp.12047
  • Winter, S. (2014). Cultural politics pathology: the Charter of Québec values. Politics, Groups, and Identities, 2 (4), 681-688. 10.1080/21565503.2014.970560
  • Winter, S. (2014). Transitional Justice in Established Democracies: A Political Theory. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan. Pages: 320.
  • Winter, S. (2013). Towards a Unified Theory of Transitional Justice. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE, 7 (2), 224-244. 10.1093/ijtj/ijt004
  • Winter, S. (2012). Climate Change, Complicity & Compensation. In K. Widerquist, M. W. Howard (Eds.) Alaska's Permanent Fund Dividend: Examining its Suitability as a Model. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Winter, S. (2011). Legitimacy, Citizenship & State Redress. Citizenship Studies, 15 (6-7), 799-814. 10.1080/13621025.2011.600091
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/14524
  • Winter, S. (2010). Against Posthumous Rights. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 27 (2), 186-199. 10.1111/j.1468-5930.2009.00477.x
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/14525
  • Winter, S. (2009). Australia's Ex Gratia Redress. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 13 (1), 49-62.


Contact details

Primary location

Level 4, Room 404
New Zealand

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