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Global Justice Conference

Global Justice and International Law

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
September 27-29, 2012
The Troy Moore Library, Room 939, Langdale Hall

Organized in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy of Bielefeld University (Germany) and the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics..

Among the most important ethical issues facing humanity today are those involving the international system of states and the law that aims to regulate the system. The particular questions around which a substantial philosophical literature has developed include (but are not limited to): Do the traditional legal rules of war need to be updated? Can an adequate legal definition be developed of “war of aggression”? Has international criminal law helped or hindered global peace and justice? What is a human right? Which kinds of claims properly count as human rights? Is the language of human rights ethnocentric? Does the erosion of state sovereignty inevitably mean the erosion of democracy? Is “exporting democracy” a sensible policy for a state to pursue? What moral obligations do affluent states and peoples owe to the impoverished?


Opening Keynote

Thomas Pogge (Yale University)
“Cosmopolitanism: An Explication and Defense”

Closing Keynote

Francis Cheneval (University of Zurich)
“Global Justice and International Law: Is There A Place for Democracy?”

Principal Speakers

Andrew Altman (Georgia State University)
“Global History/Global Justice: Rawls, Pogge, and the Aims of Ideal Theory”

Gillian Brock (University of Auckland)
“Global Justice, Emigration, Losses, and Burden-Sharing: Which Arrangements Are Fair?”

Frank Dietrich (University of Düsseldorf)
“The Ethics of State Recognition”

Lukas Meyer (University of Graz)
“Climate Justice”

Richard Miller (Cornell University)
“After the American Century: The Moral Challenge of China's Rise”

Anna Stilz (Princeton University)
“Colonialism and Self-Determination”

Kok-Chor Tan (University of Pennsylvania)
“Personal Responsibility and Global Injustice”

Véronique Zanetti (Bielefeld University)
“Global Warming, Global Justice and Implementation”


Alyssa Bernstein (Ohio University)
Jean-Cassien Billier (Sorbonne - University of Paris IV)
Rüdiger Bittner (Bielefeld University)
Martin Carrier (Bielefeld University)
Candice Delmas (Clemson University)
Christie Hartley (Georgia State University)
Kristen Hessler (SUNY Albany)
Maria Kronfeldner (Bielefeld University)
George Rainbolt (Georgia State University)
Adam Toon (Bielefeld University)


Martin Carrier (Bielefeld University)
George Rainbolt (Georgia State University)

Attendance at this conference is by invitation only.

For more information or to request an invitation, contact George Rainbolt.