Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Piero Moraro

Dr Piero Moraro


Piero has lived and worked in Australia since 2011, after studying in UK and in Italy. He initially joined CSU as a contract lecturer in Philosophy, and moved to join Justice Studies as a permanent member in 2012. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Stirling (UK), and a MSC in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics.  He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the relation between civil disobedient and the criminal justice system.

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Piero teaches subjects on critical thinking, policing, human rights, and introductory subjects to criminal law.

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Piero's research focuses on issues at the intersection between ethics, law and political philosophy. He has published work on civil disobedience and political obligation, and is currently working on whether compulsory voting is morally justifiable.

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  1. Civil Disobedience: a Philosophical Overview (Rowman and Littlefield International).

Journal Articles

  1. Punishment, Fair-Play and the Burdens of Citizenship, Law and Philosophy 38(3), 289-311 DOI: 10.1007/s10982-019-09346-6
  2. The Costs of Disobedience: a Reply to Delmas, Res Publica: a Journal of Moral, legal and Social Philosophy DOI: 10.1007/s11158-019-09422-7
  3. Against Epistocracy (2018) Social Theory and Practice, 44 (2):199-216
  4. On (Not) Accepting the Punishment for Civil Disobedience (2018) The Philosophical Quarterly 68 (272):503-520 (update: PQ has just published a response to this article by Daniel Weltman)
  5. Is Bossnapping Uncivil? (2018) Raisons Politiques, 69(1): 29-44
  6. Introduction to Symposium on Democracy (2015) International Journal of Applied Philosophy 29 (1):103-105
  7. Respecting Autonomy Through the Use of Force: The Case of Civil Disobedience (2014) Journal of Applied Philosophy 31 (1):63-76
  8. Violent Civil Disobedience and Willingness to Accept Punishment (2007) Essays in Philosophy 8 (2): 6

Book Chapters

  1. "A Dilemma for a Civil Disobedient: Pleading Guilty or Not Guilty in the Courtroom", in Michelon et al. (eds.) (2012), The Public In Law: Representation of the Political in Legal Discourse, London: Ashgate

Book Reviews

  1. "Review of Jason Brennan's Against Democracy" (2017) Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 20 (4): 911-913
  2. "Review of Jason Brennan's The Ethics of Voting" (2012) The Philosophical Quarterly 62 (248): 628-631


  1. "Animal Right Activists in Melbourne: Green Collar Criminals of Civil Disobedients?", The Conversation, 9 April 2019
  2. Young Citizens Should Have More Votes than Those Over 60”, The Sydney Morning Herald, July 6, 2016
  3. Ethics Apply to Politics. It’s Hypocrisy to Argue Anything Else”, The Australian, 2nd July 2013
  4. “For Debt-Ridden Italy, Charity Begins at Rome”, The Australian, 12th December 2011
  5. “a href="" target="_blank">Who Will Fix Italy’s Damaged Youth?”, Sydney Morning Herald, 16th November 2011


  1. (2018) “Impact of the new federal electoral divisions for the ACT”, 2SER Radio, The Daily, 13th April
  2. (2016) One Person One Vote: Time to Reassess?, Sunday Extra, ABC Radio National, 17th July
  3. (2016) Electronic Vote: Yes or No?, SBS Radio National, 12th July

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  • (2013) CSU Faculty Grant ($10,722) for the organization of the workshop "Democratic Rights – Democratic Duties", 3-4th July 2013
  • (2009) Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, Postgraduate Grant
  • (2008) Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, Postgraduate Grant
  • (2006) Philosophy Department, University of Stirling, 3-year PhD Bursary

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