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Johann Go

Mr Johann Go

Research topic:
The Demands of Justice in Global Health
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Equality International ethics and global justice Refugees and migration Rights and justice Normative theory International ethics and global Justice Refugees and Migration Rights, Justice, and Equality 

Academic Profile

Johann is a Rhodes Scholar, doctoral candidate, and researcher in political philosophy at the University of Oxford. The focus of his doctoral research is on the demands of justice in global health. Johann is jointly supervised by Professor Jonathan Wolff and Professor David Miller

Johann's academic interests lie broadly in moral and political philosophy. His current interests are in the broad area of global justice, particularly normative questions related to global health and distributive justice. He is also interested in all aspects of applied and normative ethics, methodology in political philosophy, and the intersection between ethics and public policy.

Johann completed an MPhil in Political Theory with Distinction at the University of Oxford in 2021. Prior to joining the Department of Politics and International Relations, Johann was the inaugural Provost's Scholar (2018) at Worcester College, University of Oxford and Academic Visitor in Political Theory (2019). Johann completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Auckland (New Zealand), where he obtained a BA in Philosophy and Politics, as well as a BHSc in Public Health. 

Johann is passionate about research and philosophical outreach, and has published several peer-reviewed academic journal articles on a number of topics, as well as several pieces about philosophy in the mainstream media. He is presently Co-Convenor of Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Oxford, and Vice-President of Philiminality.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience


Philosophy and Public Policy (Seminar Leader)


Theory of Politics (Tutor)

Advanced Paper in Theories of Justice (Tutor)

Ethics (Tutor)



College Prize for Academic Distinction (2021) - Worcester College, Oxford 

Rhodes Scholarship (2019) - University of Oxford

Provost's Scholarship (2018) - Worcester College, Oxford

Dean's Honours List (2018) - University of Auckland, New Zealand


Johann Go. (2020). "Facts, Principles, and Global Justice: Does the Real World Matter?" Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698230.2020.1811541

Johann Go. (2020). "Two-Level Luck Egalitarianism: Reconciling Rights, Respect, and Responsibility," Journal of Value Inquiry. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10790-020-09752-3

Johann Go. (2019). “Structure, Choice, and Responsibility.” Ethics and Behavior 30, no. 3 (pp. 230-46). https://doi.org/10.1080/10508422.2019.1620610

Johann Go. (2018). “Should Gender Reassignment Surgery be Publicly Funded?” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 15, no. 4 (pp. 527-34). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11673-018-9881-6

Johann Go. (2018). “Mill and the Limits of Freedom of Expression: Truth, Lies, and Harm.” International Journal of Applied Philosophy 32, no. 1 (pp. 1-18). https://doi.org/10.5840/ijap201871998

Conference Papers and Presentations

"Remedial Responsibilities for Global Health Emergencies: Who Should Act?" KCL Sowerby Interdisciplinary Workshop in Philosophy and Medicine, King's College London (November 2021)

"The Expressive Function of Healthcare."

  • Presented at the Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association (University of Hertfordshire, Online, July 2021)
  • Presented at the Munich Graduate Conference in Ethics 2021 (LMU-Munich, Online, July 2021)

"Health and Immigration Enforcement." Workshop on Ethical Immigration Enforcement, University of Essex (Online, February 2021)

"Remedying Global Health Injustice." Invited Talk for Oxford Public Philosophy (May 2020)

"Health Equity Beyond Borders: Towards Global Health Justice." Warwick Graduate Conference in Political and Legal Theory, University of Warwick (February 2020)

"Should the state fund gender reassignment surgery?" Institute of Medical Ethics Annual Conference (Oxford, June 2018) 

"The politics and ethics of open borders." Invited Talk for Franks Society Graduate Conference, Worcester College, University of Oxford (May 2018)