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2005 FAHA Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities
1968 PhD Australian National University, Philosophy
1968 BD Melbourne College of Divinity
1965 MA University of Western Australia

John Kleinig is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and in the PhD Program in Philosophy, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York. After a year at John Jay on a Fulbright Fellowship (1984-85), he moved to New York from Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). His broadest interests are in social and moral philosophy, though, since coming to John Jay, he focussed particularly on police ethics and criminal justice ethics. At the Graduate Center he taught courses in social and political philosophy. From 1987-2011 he was the Director of the Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics (CUNY) and editor of Criminal Justice Ethics. He is the author/editor of 23 books. He retired in 2013, but continues to write.

Security PrivacyProfessional Police Practice 
Private and Public CorruptionJury EthicsCorrectional Ethics
Discretion, Community, and Correctional EthicsProfessional Law Enforcement CodesEthics and Criminal Justice
Punishment and DesertPhilosophical Issues in EducationFrom Social Justice to Criminal JusticeHandled with Discretion
The Ethics of PolicingEthical Issues in PsychosurgeryTeaching Criminal Justice Ethics 

 Ends and Means in Policing

Scholarly Work
Authored Books
Punishment and Desert. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1973. Pp. ix + 161. Reissued by Springer, 2013.
Philosophical Issues in Education. London & Canberra: Croom Helm, 1982; New York: St Martin's Press, 1982. Pp. x + 306. Second printing, 1983. Reissued 2016.
Paternalism. Totowa, NJ: Rowman & Allanheld, 1984; Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1984. Pp. xiii + 242. [1984 Annual Book Award, Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics, New York]
Ethical Issues in Psychosurgery. London & Boston: Allen & Unwin, 1985. Pp. xv + 152.
Valuing Life. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991. Pp. xvii + 284. [Nominated a Choice Outstanding Academic Book, 1992]
The Ethics of Policing. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. Pp. viii + 335.
Ethics and Criminal Justice: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press, 2008. Pp.  x + 283. Security and Privacy: Global Standards for Ethical Identity Management in Contemporary Liberal Democratic Societies. Canberra:  ANU E Press (2011). Pp. xi + 291
Loyalty and Loyalties. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. x + 315.
The Ethics of Patriotism: A Debate [with Igor Primoratz and Simon Keller]. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2015. Pp. vii + 189.
Means and Ends in Policing. London: Routledge, 2019. Pp. vii + 126.

Edited Books
Professional Law Enforcement Codes: A Documentary Collection. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993. Pp. xv + 274. [Compiled and edited with Yurong Zhang]
Handled With Discretion: Ethical Issues in Police Decision Making. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1996. Pp. vii + 220.
Teaching Criminal Justice Ethics: Strategic Issues. Cincinnati: Anderson, 1997. Pp. xx + 248. [with Margaret Leland Smith]; reprinted by the Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics.
From Social Justice to Criminal Justice: Poverty and the Administration of Criminal Law. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Pp. xii + 294. [with William C. Heffernan]
Discretion, Community, and Correctional Ethics. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001. Pp. Xv + 253. [with Margaret Leland Smith]
Private and Public Corruption. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004. Pp. vii + 372. [with William C. Heffernan]
Jury Ethics: Juror Conduct and Jury Dynamics. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2006. Pp. xii + 294 [with James P. Levine].
Ethical Challenges of Intervening in Drug Use: Policy, Research, and Treatment. Huntsville, TX: OICJ Press, 2006. Pp. xviii + 770 [with Stanley Einstein]
Correctional Ethics. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2006. Pp. xxviii + 590.
Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) and the Quest for Accountability, Abingdon: Routledge, 2015. [with George Andreopoulos] Professional Police Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. xv + 218 [with P.A.J Waddington & Martin Wright] Prisoners’ Rights. International Library of Essays on Rights, ed. Tom Campbell. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2014. Pp. xxxii + 494.
Research Summary

An Integrity System for Victoria Police. Linkage grant awarded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
LP0560960 Prof SR Miller; Prof J Kleinig; A/Prof TJ Prenzler; Mr A Alexandra; Ms C Nixon; Mr GT Chilvers; Dr SP James; Mr D Bradley
2005 : $122,713
2006 : $167,494
2007 : $167,494
2008 : $100,000
Category: 4401 - PHILOSOPHY
Partner Organisation(s): Victoria Police
Administering Institution: Charles Sturt University


Security and Privacy: Global Standards for Ethical Identity Management in Contemporary Liberal Democratic Societies. NSF, Science and Society, Awarded September 15, 2006.
# 0619226 PIs: John Kleinig; Adina Schwartz; Douglas Salane; Peter Mameli; Brian O’Connell (CCSU); Seumas Miller (CSU/JJC). This project will be based at John Jay as part of a three-pronged investigation, with centers in Australia and the European Union.
2006-2007 : $146,881

2008 : $96,571 

Police Leadership in the 21st Century: Redesigning Roles and Practices. Linkage grant awarded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

#LP0990783 PIs Prof M Mitchell; Prof SR Miller; Prof TJ Prenzler; Mr P Gallagher: Prof J Kleinig; Mr GT Chilvers; Prof SL Grover; Dr V Hughes.

2009 :                        $  77,500

2010 :                        $ 152,000

2011 :                        $ 136,500

2012 :     $  62,000008 : $96,571 (contingent)