Dr John William Devine

Lecturer in Sports Ethics and Integrity, Sport and Exercise Sciences

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John William Devine is a member of A-STEM's Sports Ethics and Integrity group.

  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales – Middle Temple
  • D.Phil – University of Oxford
  • M.Phil – University of Cambridge
  • BA – University College Dublin

John William is Lecturer in Sports Ethics and Integrity. He obtained a BA in Philosophy and Politics at University College Dublin, an MPhil in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (King’s College), and a DPhil in Political Theory at the University of Oxford (New College). He subsequently trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple. He holds a Diploma in Sports Law from The Law Society of Ireland. Prior to arriving at Swansea University, he held positions in the philosophy departments at the University of Birmingham, King’s College London, and Trinity College Dublin.

His research concerns political philosophy and the philosophy of sport. Within political philosophy, his work centres on political ethics and ethics in public office, especially ethical questions that arise for political leaders within liberal democracies. Within the philosophy of sport, his work focuses on sports ethics. He is particularly interested in questions concerning the nature and value of sport and the challenges posed to both by different forms of ‘enhancement’. He is exploring ethical questions around enhancement in a monograph provisionally titled Ethics, Excellence, and Enhancement in Sport (contracted with Routledge).

John William has extensive public engagement experience, and his work has been featured on BBC Radio 4 (‘The Moral Maze’), BBC World Service, Cycling Weekly, The Forum for Philosophy, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner website, and the University of Oxford website (‘Oxford Debates’ series). He is an occasional contributor at The Conversation, and his articles on that platform can be viewed here.

John William is Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association, and he is also Chair of the South Wales Police Joint Independent Ethics Committee. He acts as consultant to World Athletics in his capacity as Supervisor of the World Athletics Independent Research Ethics Committee.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Political Philosophy
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Applied Ethics
  • Philosophy of Sport