"The accident of where one is born is just that, an accident; any human being might have been born in any nation"
Martha Nussbaum, 'Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism' in For Love of Country (Beacon Press, 2002)

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

CFP: BISA Global Ethics Working Group

Details below...

Call for Papers: BISA Global Ethics Working Group
Exeter University, Dec 15th-17th 2008
The Global Ethics Working Group would like to put on panels at the British International Studies Association (BISA) conference on topics such as
* Humanitarian intervention
* Trafficking
* Global justice
* Environmental justice
* The ethics of war (including PMCs) and terrorism
* Human rights
* Cosmopolitanism and nationalism
* And many others...

Please email your proposed paper by Monday 28th April (sorry for the short notice) to globalethicsbisa@yahoo.co.uk Please include:
Abstract (maximum 200 words)
Paper title:
Postal address:

For information about the BISA conference, please see http://www.bisa.ac.uk/2008/call.htm

Finding your ideas in the work of others

Andrea Sangiovanni's latest article 'Justice and the Priority of Politics to Morality', is highly recommended - it provides a very helpful summary of recent developments in global justice (and justice more generally) research, and brings together some very important issues. But what struck me most while reading it was the uneasy feeling of seeing my own ideas and thoughts written out much more clearly and succintly that I have so far managed to do. I also had this feeling at the ALSP conference listening to Kok Chor Tan's excellent plenary lecture. On both occasions, I had a sense of satisfaction, in that I was pleased that people higher in the profession than I am share my understanding of the issues. It's always reassuring to know that you are on the right track and working in areas that other people agree are important. But I also had a feeling of frustration that maybe because someone else has managed to get these ideas down first my contribution is therefore less valuable. Of course, I'm not claiming that I think my ideas are particularly insightful, innovative or important, and it's natural that some of the other people working in the same area will come to the same conclusions as you (or understand the debate in the same particular way). Indeed, about 85% of me feels pleased and reassured by the presence of similar ideas to mine in work by such accomplished academics. Should this be 100% though - should one be completely pleased to see that other people share your views and understanding of an issue?

Friday, 18 April 2008

CFP: BSET 2009

The CFP is out for BSET 2009...

University of Reading, UK
13th -15th July 2009

Invited Speakers: James Lenman (Sheffield), Jeff McMahan (Rutgers)

Papers are invited for the annual conference of the British Society for EthicalTheory, to be held at the University of Reading. The subject area is open within metaethics and normative ethics. Papers on topics in applied ethics or the history of ethics may also be considered provided they are also of wider theoretical interest. Papers, which should be unpublished at the time of submission, should be in English, no longer than 6500 words, readable in at most 45 minutes and in aform suitable for blind review. Please send your submission electronically, and include an abstract, as well as your full name, address and academic affiliation. Those who submitted papers for our previous conferences - successfully or otherwise - are welcome to submit again (though not of course the same papers!). Please tell us if you are a postgraduate student: submissions from postgraduates are encouraged as our aim is that some such should be represented at the conference.
Selected conference papers will be published in the journal “Ethical Theory and Moral Practice”. Please make clear in any covering letter whether you wish your paper to be considered for publication here as well as for the conference programme. The deadline for submissions is 12th December, 2008.
Papers and accompanying particulars should be emailed to Dr. Bart Streumer: b.streumer@reading.ac.uk Note that ONLY electronic submissions will be accepted.

NOTE: The BSET webpages are currently down due to technical problems. Information about the 2009 conference will be posted at the Reading Philosophy Department webpages in due course. There is information about our 2008 conference here: http://www.philosophy.ed.ac.uk/ethicaltheory/index.html

Roundtable on Global Justice and Territory: Cork

If anyone just happens to be in Ireland next week...

The 6th Annual Cork Roundtable in Philosophy

April 25 & 26, 2008

University College Cork

This year's topic: Global Justice and Territory

Prof. Chris Bertram, Bristol
Dr. Helder De Schutter, Leuven
Dr. Cara Nine, UCC
Dr. Adina Preda, UCD
Prof. Hillel Steiner, Manchester
Prof. Leif Wenar, Sheffield

For more information, please visit: http://www.ucc.ie/en/philosophy/

Not so good news

So it turns out that due to some mix-up in the finance department that is too long a story to go into here I won't be teaching next semester after all. It's disappointing given how much I was looking forward to it, but as several people have pointed out to me, at least now I'll be able to concentrate on my thesis! I'm keen to re-apply to teach in the following year (Autumn 2009). and hopefully I'll have better luck next time around. I'm now aiming to have a fairly complete draft (i.e. everything done but a final check of references and typos) done by the end of the next academic year, which will be three years exactly since I started the PhD. If I can manage that then the teaching would come at a pretty good time - I could submit and job-hunt whilst still having a reasonable income.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Updated CV

An updated version of my CV can now be downloaded from here

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Another New Journal - Ethics and Global Politics

Details below...

Ethics & Global Politics is an Open Access, peer reviewed scholarly journal published by Co-Action Publishing with support from The Swedish Research Council and the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University, Sweden. Ethics and Global Politics looks to foster theoretical contributions to the study of global politics by providing a forum for presenting novel ways of understanding and conceptualizing the global political challenges the world faces today. Read press release here.
The editors welcome articles from a broad range of disciplines, among them political science, philosophy, sociology, history, and legal and gender studies. This range makes Ethics & Global Politics essential reading for graduate students, researchers, professionals, and policy-makers who are interested in contemporary political problems and how they transgress regional and national borders.

Monday, 14 April 2008

Here's Hoping...

I've just submitted my paper on David Miller's theory of rights to The Philosophical Quarterly. I choose Phil Quarterly on the advice of my supervisors who both agreed that it would be a good place to send it to, given the stature of the journal and their average response times. Given that this is the first time I've submitted a paper I'm finding the whole process rather intimidating. Still, I think it's the strongest paper I've ever written, and given that it is on a timely topic and is tightly focused so I'm tentatively hopeful. This hope is kept firmly in check however with the knowledge that Phil Quarterly is a very good journal and that I would be extremely lucky to be successful. I'm hoping for a fairly quick response and for some helpful reviewer comments even if (when?) it does get rejected. That way I can modify the paper and try again elsewhere.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

CONF: Pluralism, Inclusion and Citizenship

This broad conference sounds very interesting, especially themes 1, 2, 4, and 7...

4th Global Conference
Pluralism, Inclusion and Citizenship
Friday 31st October - Sunday 2nd November 2008
Salzburg, Austria

Call for Papers

With this inter- and multi-disciplinary project we seek to explore the new developments and changes of the idea of pluralism and their implications for social and political processes of inclusion and citizenship in contemporary societies. The project will also assess the larger context of major world transformations, such as new forms of migration and the massive movements of people across the globe, as well as the impact of the multiple dynamics of globalisation on rootedness and membership (including their tensions and conflicts) and on a general sense of social acceptance and recognition. Looking to encourage innovative trans-disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand what it means for people, the world over, to be citizens in rapidly changing national, social and political landscapes.

In particular papers, workshops and presentations are invited on any of the following themes:

1. Challenging Old Concepts of Citizen and Alien * Who is a citizen and who is an alien, a foreigner? * The new value of political pluralism and cultural multiplicity; breaking with homogeneity and sameness * What is the place of difference
and alterity in defining membership and citizenship? * How to account for political membership and identity? * Making sense of transformations and their effects over citizenship identity and membership * Othering, marginalising, excluding,
2. Nations, Fluid Boundaries and Citizenship * What does it mean, today, to belong to a nation? * New migrants, new migratory flows and massive movements from peripheral to central countries * Resurgence of the local and the diminishing
importance of the national * Are we living post-national realities? * What is the place of economic and cultural claims in today’s forms of political membership? * Assimilation, integration, adaptation and other forms of placing the responsibility of change on migrants
3. Institutions, Organizations and Social Movements * Evaluating the promises and institutions of post-national governing * What happened to the rights of migrants and displaced peoples? * Political battles over globalization and the forging of global citizenship * Social movements, new rebellion and alternative global politics * Trans-national connections that escape institutional and political control * New forms of global exclusion
4. Persons, Personhood and the Inter-Personal * De-nationalising citizenship and the making of a global citizen * Tensions, contradictions and conflicts of citizenship formations and political membership * New sources and forms of political participation; new localism, parochialism and communitarianism * Bonds of care across boundaries of inequality and exclusion, ideologies and religions, politics and power, nations and geography * Thinking and acting with foreigners and migrants in mind * Citizens acknowledging the fundamental role of migrants; making migration personal and interpersonal
5. Media and Artistic Representations * The role of new and old media in the construction of political membership, of nations and citizens * Production and reproduction of political and citizen typing and stereotyping * The contested space of representing politics, national identity and membership * Art, media and how to challenge the rigid and impenetrable constructions of political culture * Living, being and exercising membership through art * Political life imitating art and fiction
6. Transnational Political Interlacing of Contemporary Life * What is shared from political cultures? How are political cultures shared? Who has access to the sharing of political cultures? * Human rights, migration and massive displacements of people * Living in a context with the political markers of a different context: Is that political trans-culturalism? * Languages, idioms and new emerging forms of wanting to bridge the ‘invisible’ divide between political cultures * Symbols and significations that connect people to places other than ‘their own’ * Politics, identity and
belonging by choice
7. New Concepts, New Forms of Inclusion * Recognition and respect without marginality * An ethics for social and political relations in a new millennium * What to do with historically old concepts like tolerance, acceptance and hospitality? * Should not we all be strangers? Should not we all be foreigners? * Is there any use for cosmopolitanism these days? * Embracing the alien within the citizen; building fluid boundaries of membership and political participation

Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 13th June 2008. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Friday 10th October 2008. 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Joint Organising Chairs
Alejandro Cervantes-Carson, Director of Research, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, E-Mail: acc@inter-disciplinary.net
Rob Fisher, Network Founder and Network Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HRE, mail: pic4@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the ‘Diversity and Recognition’ research projects, which in turn belong to the ‘At the Interface’ programmes of ID.Net. We aim to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers will be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume.

For further details about the project please visit:


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Good News

I've recently had some good news - I've had my proposal accepted to teach a third-year course on Contemporary Global Ethics. My course will run in the Autumn semester of the next academic year, beginning in the first week of October. I'm really looking forward to teaching the course and so am thrilled to have had the proposal accepted. I will be suspending my funding and research for the duration of the semester, so now have a six-month extension on my estimated submisson date - it has moved from September 2009 to March 2010.

I'm thinking of setting up a seperate blog for the students in the style of Dave Webster's blog for his students at the University of Gloucester. I would post course materials on the site and hopefully get some good discussion going between the students. We do have a web portal - MOLE - here at Sheffield which can be used in a similar way, but in my experience the students haven't found it that helpful. If anyone has any thoughts on whether a blog would help or hinder the students please let me know...

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

New Journal - 'Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric'

The Global Justice Network has launched a new online journal, see CFP below...

*Call for Contributions -- Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric*

The first issue of 'Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric' is now out and available for free at http://www.theglobaljusticenetwork.org/. The journal is also accepting submissions for its next issue to appear in January 2009.
The journal welcomes contributions on the many theoretical, empirical, and rhetorical aspects of global justice, including:
- The history and work of international institutions - their success, failures, and possible reforms.
- Normative theories of international and global justice - their strengths, weaknesses, and potential application.
- How to produce change in policies, behaviour and attitudes of relevant institutions, organisations and people.
We are especially interested in interdisciplinary research, bringing together empirical studies, practical experience, and normative analysis.

Contributions to the first issue include:

Thomas Pogge, 'Could Globalisation be Good for World Health?'
Daniel Tarantola, 'Global Justice and Human Rights: Health and Human Rights in Practice'
Julia Skorupska, 'Rhetoric and Global Justice'
Ayelet Banai, 'The Liberal Difference: Left and Right Conceptions of Global Injustice'
Christian Schemmel, 'On the Usefulness of Luck Egalitarian Arguments for Global Justice'
Miriam Ronzoni, 'Two Concepts of the Basic Structure, and their Relevance to Global Justice'

*Further Details*
'Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric' is an online journal published by The Global Justice Network, a forum created to promote exchange across different academic disciplines working on global justice, and to disseminate research and knowledge to the wider public. To advance these goals, we publish both original work and shorter syntheses of longer, more technical work. Articles should ideally be between 3000 and 6000 words, and must be presented in an accessible manner. Submissions will be selected for publication through peer-review and according to relevance. Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2008. Papers should be emailed to info@theglobaljusticenetwork.org For further details, please consult the 'Guidelines for manuscripts'.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Brave New World 2008

Another July conference...
Brave New World 2008, July 1st-2nd, University of Manchester CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline for submission of abstract: April 30th 2008

Brave New World 2008, the Twelfth Annual Postgraduate Conference organised under the auspices of the Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT), will take place on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd July 2008 at the University of Manchester.

Our guest speakers this year are Professor Jerry Gaus (University of Arizona) and Professor Cecile Fabre (University of Edinburgh).

The Brave New World conference series is now established as a leading international forum exclusively dedicated to the discussion of postgraduate research in political theory. The conference offers a great opportunity for postgraduates from many different countries and universities to share experiences, concerns and research interests, to exchange stimulating ideas and to make new friends - all in a financially accessible and informal setting. Participants will also have the chance to meet and talk about their work with eminent academics, including members of faculty from the University of Manchester as well as our guest speakers, who will deliver keynote addresses at the event. Guest speakers in previous years have included G.A. Cohen, Quentin Skinner, Onora O'Neill, Carole Pateman, Christopher Norris, Anne Philips, Bhikhu Parekh, Adam Swift, David Miller, Catriona McKinnon, John O'Neill, Brian Barry, Thomas Pogge, Jonathan Wolff, Ian Carter, Philippe Van Parijs, Andrew Williams, Michael Otsuka, Susan Mendus, Henry Shue, Peter Jones and Simon Caney.
Papers focusing on any area of political theory or political philosophy are welcome. If you would like to present a paper, please send a 300-word, anonymised abstract, including the title of the paper, to Brave.New.World@manchester.ac.uk, no later than 30th April 2008. Please also include in your email your name and institutional affiliation.

Please note that the conference is self-financed and participants are responsible for seeking their own funding. For further details please contact Richard Child directly at Brave.New.World@manchester.ac.uk or check the Mancept Phd Blog at http://manceptphd.blogspot.com/ which we aim to update regularly with relevant information.

BSET 2008

The annual British Society for Ethical Theory conference is being held in Edinburgh this year. Details below...

British Society for Ethical Theory, Annual Conference 2008, University of Edinburgh, 14 – 16 July 2008

Speakers and Papers

1. Carla Bagnoli (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee): Practical Reflection and Agential Authority

2. Campbell Brown (University of Edinburgh): The Composition of Reasons

3. Krister Bykvist and Jonas Olson (Jesus College and Brasenose College, University of Oxford): Expressivism and Certitude

4. William Dunaway (University of Southern California): Minimalist Semantics and the Problem of Creeping Minimalism

5. Barbara Herman (UCLA): TBA

6. Ulrike Heuer (University of Leeds): Wrongness and Reasons

7. Martin Peterson (University of Cambridge): The Asymmetry Argument

8. Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund University): TBA

9. Mark Schroeder (University of Southern California): Holism, Weight and Undercutting

10. Alan Strudler (University of Pennsylvania): The Distinctive Wrong in Lying

11. Jonathan Way (University of Californian Santa Barbara): Defending the Wide-Scope Approach to Instrumental Reason

CONFERENCE WEBSITE http://www.philosophy.ed.ac.uk/ethicaltheory/

NB. BSET’s own website is currently out of action as we are moving to a new web host. We hope to fix this soon. Meantime all info on this Edinburgh conference will be at the Edinburgh website.

Pricing information and a booking form will be posted at the conference website shortly.

Conference Organiser: Elinor Mason

Conference Assistants: Ana Barandalla Ajona, Liz Ellis, Mog Stapleton

Conference Editors: Elinor Mason, David McCarthy, Mike Ridge.

Please send any inquiries about the conference to the Organizer: Elinor.Mason@ed.ac.uk

The British Society for Ethical Theory would like the above for their help. We would also like to thank to thank the Mind Association and the University of Edinburgh for their generous support of this conference as well as all those who have assisted us by refereeing submitted papers.

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

ALSP08: Future Trends in Global Justice Research

As I mentioned yesterday, a theme of many of the discussions at ALSP08 was the current state of global justice research. The round table event which concluded the conference was on the theme of Future Directions in Global Justice Research. Several interesting issues were raised which I will discuss briefly here.

Firstly, Professor Stephen Gardiner raised the issue of environmental ethics and climate change. He called this issue the 'elephant in the room', and argued that given the dire scientific prognosis, we really should be doing as much as we can to debate the ethical issues that arise from climate change. He specifically raised the issue of what he called 'transition ethics', by which I think he meant the ethical problems which are going to face us during the huge changes to the planet that are up ahead. This presumably includes refugee and migration issues, resource scarcity and property rights, as well as the ethical implications of various mooted solutions, including the topic of Gardiner's plenary lecture - geoengineering. Gardiner expressed disapointment that more had not been done in this area since he first started publishing on the issue. I don't think many people would argue with Professor Gardiner on the urgency of environmental issues, although I suppose some people might dispute the relevance or helpfulness of philosophy in the face of such a huge practical problem. I am inclined to agree with him that we do need philosophy in relation to problems such as these, especially when we are treading new ground, as we would be in the case of geoengineering.

Professor Simon Tormey raised another concern about the current state of global justice research. He highlighted that all but one of the conference delegates were affiliated to institutions from the Global North, and was concerned that there is a lack of voices from Global South in western philosophical discourse on global justice. Given that these are the people most affected by the current unjust state of the world, we should be listening more closely to their views. Professor Tormey warned against an 'us' and 'them' mentality, and against us merely perceiving members of the Global South as victims. We should respect their agency and the fact that their views on how best to acheive global justice, as well as what global justice consists of, may differ from ours. Again, I find it hard to disagree with Professor Tormey on this point, but I'm not sure how to best solve this problem.

A question was raised about the challenge to traditional methods of global justice research, as well as to moral and politial theory more generally, from so-called 'experimental philosophy'. This new area of research which uses methodology from the cognitive sciences has posed challenges to our theories of mind and agency. As one of the panelists pointed out, these challenges are broad ones which if forceful, have implications for philosophy in general, not just global justice research. Stephen Gardiner argued that in terms of the branch of experimental philosophy which is seeking to find an accurate picture of what people think about issues of justice and ethics, we should pay no attention to the results when it comes to people's opinions on climate change, because they simply do not know what they think. I am generally not well disposed towards this type of experimental philosophy, but I am mildly optimistic about its applications, especially in the realm of motivation. After all, in order to acheive global justice or solve some of the problems presented by climate change, we do need to be able to motivate people to act differently to how they currently do.

Finally there was some discussion about closing the gap that currently exists between the Global Justice Research that takes place in philosophy and political theory departments, and traditional IR theory as done in politics departments. Participants seemed to agree that this gap exists in North American as well as European (both Continental and British) departments. It is strange that we work on such similar areas to IR theorists yet rarely interact with them on a professional level. Several differences between the disciplines were pointed out. Firstly, IR theory is still dominated by realism, whereas in political philosophy the statism inherent in realism is just one of many approaches. Secondly, IR theorists are primarily concerned with feasibility, whereas in political philosophy and normative theory we tend to deal more often in questions of normativity first, and feasibility second (if at all).

Tuesday, 1 April 2008


I'm currently updating my CV so have removed the old version. I'll be putting the new version up ASAP.

ALSP08: History and Current State of Global Justice Research

A major theme of ALSP08 turned out to be the state of global justice research. I suppose this is not surprising given the concentration of people working in the area at the conference. In the second plenary session and the round table both Margaret Moore and Kok-Chor Tan gave helpful insights into the development and aims of global justice research.

Prof. Tan began his plenary lecture with a brief history of global justice research as he saw it. I think his description was very accurate and so I will quickly reproduce it here.

Tan argued that global justice research has progressed in a number of stages. The first stage was essentially Rawlsian, and consisted of the attempts by Thomas Pogge and Charles Beitz, amongst others, to extend Rawls' theory of social justice from the domestic to the global sphere. This stage consisted of positive arguments for global egalitarianism of some sort.

The second stage was a response to these positive arguments, and so was necessarily more negative. It consisted of arguments against global egalitarianism from people like David Miller - arguments which stressed the limits on global egalitarianism posed by our associative obligations and personal projects. There followed a set of responses to the these negative arguments from global egalitarians like Tan.

The third stage, which Tan argues is the one we are currently in, rejects the premises of the first stage. People like Nagel and Blake are claiming that it is not actually possible to extend justice from the domestic sphere to the global one, because of the significant differences between the two spheres. David Miller also makes these types of argument, as does Rawls arguably in his later work. The appropriate response to these third-stage arguments from global egalitarians, argues Tan, is to go back to the beginning and show why we should care about global equality, independently of the Rawlsian arguments of the first stage. This is the type of argument that Tan is now attempting to make.

I found that Tan's description struck a chord with my own perception of how the debate in global justice has developed. It seems very important to me to make the distinction between the first-stage arguments for global egalitarianism which rely on, as I put it, a relational conception of justice, and the third-stage arguments which do not. The difference between a relational and a non-relational conception of justice is that a relational conception views justice (or more specifically egalitarian justice) as being grounded in associations, interactions and relationships between people. On this type of view considerations of egalitarian justice only arise once people stand in certain relationships with each other. A common form of this type of position is the statist argument that considerations of egalitarian justice arise through political associations. A non-relational view does not see justice as dependent on associations and relationships in this way.

One can, I think, identify a stage prior to the first Rawlsian stage that Tan identifies. This is perhaps the preliminary stage which lays the groundwork which is necessary if discussions on global justice are even going to get off the ground. I'm thinking here of Peter Singer's seminal article 'Famine, Affluence, and Morality' and the literature on duties to the distant poor that followed. Singer's approach is, of course, non-relational, and so now it seems perhaps we have gone full circle!

Prof. Moore stressed the need for a theory of global justice that can account for both the equal moral worth of all individuals (whether distant or not) and our intuitively valuable associative obligations. I was glad to hear her put it in this way, seeing as this is the criteria that I have set for the theories that I evaluate in my thesis. She also argued that the influence of Rawls and Rawlsians on global justice research identified by Tan is detrimental if it means that we only think about interactions between people in terms of the state. I think this is a very important point - at the moment we are restricted by the statist paradigm so that we think the only way to have global justice is through some kind of global state or quasi-state. We need to pay more attention to the more complex and individual interactions that people have with each other all over the globe, interactions that cross borders.

CFP: Global Justice and the Nation-State

Another interesting CFP...

Call for Papers: Global Justice and the Nation-State

Lisbon 23rd-24th October 2008, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Convener: Prof. Diogo Pires Aurélio (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, UNLLisbon)

Keynote speakers: Kok-Chor Tan – University of Pennsylvania, Margaret Moore – Queens' University

Call for Papers

This conference aims to enquire into the state of current debate on the relationship between global justice, the nation-state. The conference will be held at the New University of Lisbon, Portugal, 23rd -24th ofOctober 2008. Within philosophy and the social sciences, global justice, the nation, and the state belong to the most discussed topics in recent years. Despite the considerable amount of scholarly work devoted to the topic, we still lack consolidated views with regard to the evolution of legal and political institutions beyond the boundaries of the nation-state as well as to their capacity of tackling matters of global justice. The international debate was
retaken by the discussion on the "new international order" set out in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the US reaction, which led to restricting the span of scholarly attention to the relationships among legal international institutions, political unilateralism, multilateralism, and world order. Although the importance of this topic cannot be overestimated enough, other issues ought to be fed again into the debate on international politics and reconnected to the "new international order", such as the management of global environmental dynamics, the exploitation of natural recourses, the claims to economic development and national well-being raised by newly developing countries, the management of inequality on a global scale, and the distributions of the economic and security burdens these tasks raise. We welcome applications from philosophers, social, and human scientists of any tradition that might be willing to present analysis of empirical trends as well as philosophical
reflections about how to conceive of global justice both under a moral and a political point of view.

Areas of investigation may include:
Conceptions of global justice
Global justice/justice within state boundaries
Justice between nations
Principles of global justice and the world order
Global justice, national cultures, cultural diversity
Principles of justice and national, international, and supranational policies with regard to - Migration - Natural resources - Trade - Inequality - Environment - Development and development aid - Citizenship

Abstract of proposals of max. 500 words in length should be submitted atglobaljustice@gmail.com until 31st May. Please, submit abstracts that allow your topic to be presented inapproximately 30 min. [Abstracts should be suitable for blind review]. Panels will be arranged on the basis of the papers received according to homogeneity of content. Enquiries relating to any subject should be sent to the e-mail address indicated above.

Prof. Diogo Pires Aurélio Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas Universidade Nova de Lisboa Av. de Berna 26-C1069-061 Lisboa Portugal http://www.fcsh.unl.pt/