Dr. Richard Matthews is a political philosopher, social justice activist and Associate Professor of Medical Ethics at Bond University. He leads the Health Advocate and Professional Theme at the School of Medicine. His research interests centre on the nature and ethics of violence, medical ethics, and health ethics with Indigenous peoples. He has published on the nature and ethics of torture, most prominently in The Absolute Violation: why torture must be prohibited. (Montreal & Kingston: MQUP; 2008), along with multiple essays on torture, social justice and music education and medical ethics. His current research includes ethics and genocide, conscientious provision, and ecological justice.