Issue No. 10, November 2017

Issue No. 10 November 2017


1. Introduction
2. Conferences and Events
3. Recent Publications
4. Call for Papers
5. Academic Programs, Prizes and New Projects   
6. Internet Resources 


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A workshop on the theme “Situating the Human” took place at the University of Pardubice (Czech Republic) from September 26-28. The event was held at Pardubice’s historical building, Nám Čs Legií, and was organized by Ondřej Beran of the University’s Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value. Details are still posted on the following website:

October 18th was Global Ethics Day. Organized by the Carnegie Council, the event is an opportunity for organizations around the world to host lectures, film screenings, debates and discussions that explore the meaning of ethics in international affairs. This year’s activities include an International Student/Teacher Essay Contest and an International Student Photo Contest (details below). The website for Global Ethics Day is:

A conference on “The Human Right to a Dignified Existence in an International Context” was hosted by the Human Rights Centre at the University of Potsdam (Germany) from October 20-21st. The event looked at ideas about the right to an existence worthy of human dignity and the conditions involved when such rights are not realized. The event was organized by Logi Gunnarsson
(Potsdam) and details are still available here:

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies of Utrecht University and the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe) will host a workshop on “Self-Knowledge and Cosmopolitanism: Ancient Stoic Perspectives” on Friday November 3rd. The workshop will explore questions about who we are and what place we should have in the world of the 21st century. Organised by René Brouwer and Albert Joosse, the event will include presentations on the Cynics, Early Stoics, Cicero, Epictetus and Imperial Stoicism. Questions about the workshop should be sent to organizers via email:  Selected information is posted on the following website:  

A short course by Arthur Ripstein entitled “Power's Tribute to Reason: Kant and the Law of War” will take place from November 17–18th at the University of Zürich (Switzerland). A list of readings will be distributed to all registered participants for pre-reading. The course is designed for doctoral students and postdocs. Those interested in attending should send their request to Stefan Riegelnik along with a statement of 250w at the email address found on the website below. The course is free but places are limited. Further information can be found on the University of Zürich’s website: and the course program can be downloaded here:

A workshop on “New Approaches to Political Cohesion in Democratic Processes” is being organized by the Centre of Political Thought at the University of Exeter with help from Cardiff University and the University of Oxford. The workshop will take place at the University of Exeter on Wednesday November 29th in the Ibrahim Ahmed Room of Reed Hall. Its purpose is to explore relationships between democratic processes and political cohesion where these embody values and produce norms that legitimate political systems. Speakers will include Matteo Bonotti, Joseph Lacey, Jonathan White, Dario Castiglione, Sandra Kröger, Richard Bellamy, Sofia Näsström, Carole Pateman and David Owen. Participation is free but participants must pre-register for limited places. Those with questions should contact Dario Castiglione ( prior to November 14th. Details about and a workshop programme can be found here:

The meetings of the International Society for Military Ethics (ISME) are taking place this year in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University, from January 25-26th, 2018. The event’s theme is “Culture, Diversity, and Military Ethics: Intersections of Military and Civilian Culture at a Time of International Political Upheaval”. The deadline for submissions was October 2nd. Full details are available on the ISME’s conference website:

An international, interdisciplinary conference on “Human Rights Studies”, coordinated by the Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center (DAKAM) and organized by Science, Art, Sport Productions (BILSAS),  will take place in Istanbul (Turkey) from March 2-3rd 2018. Proposals are welcome on a range of topics related to the conference theme and from different regions of the world. Proposals should be sent in accordance with specifications listed on the website below before November 24th. Information about the event, registration, and submission can be found on this website: or by contacting event organizers at the following email address:

A workshop on “Civil Resistance” will take place on March 2nd, 2018 under the auspices of Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies and the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace. Speakers will include Edwin Etieyibo, Helen Frowe, Lawrence Hamilton, Vasti Roodt and Samantha Vice. The event will explore philosophical issues surrounding civil resistance, disobedience and other forms of opposition to norms and institutions. The workshop is free of charge but places are limited. Full information, including details about how to register, can be found on the following website:

An international workshop entitled “An Ethics for ‘Moral Strangers’: Fence Crossing or Fence Mending?” will take place on March 13-14th, 2018 in Graz (Austria). Hosted by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Graz, and organized by Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl, Philipp Berghofer and Markus Seethaler, the workshop will explore conflicts of ethical universalism and particularism from the point of view of different philosophical traditions. Keynote speakers will include Robert Audi, John Drummond and Sara Heinämaa. Submissions for presentations should not exceed 500w and should be prepared (in English) for blind review and sent via email to the following email address: The submission deadline is December 1, 2018. Conference information can be found on this this website: or on the event’s PhilEvents entry:

The International Symposium on Jesuit Studies will host an event on “Francisco Suárez (1548–1617): Jesuits and Complexities of Modernity” at the Universidad Loyola Andalucía, in Seville (Spain) on June 1-2nd, 2018.  Co-organized by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College and the Departamento de Humanidades y Filosofía de la Universidad Loyola Andalucía, the event will consider numerous elements of the work of Suárez and other Jesuits to determine if they are relevant to crises of modernity. Those interested in participating should send short (200–250w) abstracts for proposed papers in Spanish or in English to Juan Antonio Senent de Frutos ( and Robert Aleksander Maryks ( Selected papers will be published in either a dedicated volume (Boston College Symposia on Jesuit Studies Series at Brill) or in the Journal of Jesuit Studies. Inquiries should be sent to Kathleen M. Comerford, Associate Editor of the Journal of Jesuit Studies. A call for papers for the event is available on this website:

On June 14-15th, 2018 a conference on “Refugees and Minority Rights: Acceptable and Unacceptable Criteria for Accepting/Rejecting Refugees in a Non-Ideal World” will be hosted by the University of Tromsø and The Arctic University of Norway.  Keynote speakers will include David Miller, Sarah Fine, Serena Parekh, Kieran Oberman, Lea Ypi and Phillip Cole. The goal is to tackle the question: What role ought minority protection play and what are the right principles for admitting and rejecting refugees when asylum, whether permanent or temporary, is under-supplied in a non-ideal world? Those interested in participating should submit 300-500w abstracts to the following email address before January 15th: The organizers are Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen and Annamari Vitikainen. Information can be viewed on the UiT (Arctic University of Norway) website:

PluriCourts (The Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order) will host a workshop on “The Political and Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals” in Oslo (Norway) from June 18-19th, 2018. Submissions on legitimacy standards, history, the international rule of law, adjudication, norm-indeterminacy, accountability, and several other related topics are invited. For information, contact Laura Létourneau Tremblay, Higher Executive Officer,
PluriCourts; University of Oslo, Domus Nova, 5th Floor, St.Olavs plass 5, 0166 OSLO, Norway; (tel.: 228 59194). Full information is available at the following website:

A conference on “Borders and Border Walls, a New Era?: (In)security, Symbolism, Vulnerabilities” will take place at the Centre for Geopolitical Studies, University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) from September 27-28th, 2018. Organized by the Raoul Dandurand Chair at UQAM, the event will explore how border infrastructures should be evaluated, especially in terms of their efficiency, economic and ethical costs and outcomes. Why build barriers if they fail to solve the issues for which they were erected? What are the alternatives? What are the proper roles of academics and scholars? The deadline for submissions is March 31st. Some additional information is posted on the following website:   


Books (CDN$)

Allison, Graham (2017) Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’ Trap? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $32.76

Andersson, Stefan (ed) (2017) Revisiting the Vietnam War and International Law: Views and Interpretations of Richard Falk (Cambridge UP) $128.87

Armitage, David (2017) Civil Wars: A History of Ideas (Allen Lane) $30.81

Barron, David J. (2017) Waging War: The Clash between Presidents and Congress, 1776 to ISIS (Simon and Schuster) $22.15 

Bowden, Mark (2017) Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam (Atlantic Monthly Press) $35.93

Buttar, Prit (2017) The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front, 1917-21 (Osprey) $34.14

Çakmak, Cenap (2017) A Brief History of International Criminal Law and the International Criminal Court (Palgrave Macmillan) $153.31

Demont-Biaggi, Florian (ed) (2017) The Nature of Peace and the Morality of Armed Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan) $100.11  

Dyer, Gwynne (2016) War: The New Edition (Vintage Canada) $29.47

Eisen, Robert (2017) Religious Zionism, Jewish Law, and the Morality of War: How Five Rabbis Confronted One of Modern Judaism’s Greatest Challenges (Oxford UP) $44.00

Fortin, Katharine (2017) The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford UP) $164.98 

Friedrich, Bretislav et. al. (eds) (2017) One Hundred Years of Chemical Warfare: Research Deployment, Consequences (Springer) $77.32

Goda, Norman J. W. (2017) Rethinking Holocaust Justice: Essays across Disciplines (Berghahn Books) $167.25

Grayling, A.C. (2017) War: An Enquiry (Yale UP) $27.53

Grotius, Hugo (2017) The Rights of War and Peace, in Three Books (Forgotten Books) $54.34

Grotius, Hugo (2017) The Rights of War and Peace, including the Law of Nature and of Nations (Forgotten Books) $34.93

Lord, Henry (2017) The Highway of the Seas in Time of War (Forgotten Books) $15.85

Halleck, Henry Wager (2017) International Law, or Rules Regulating the Intercourse of States in Peace and War (Forgotten Books) $103.71

Haque, Adil Ahmad (2017) Law and Morality at War (Oxford UP) $80.92

Hay, Bruce L. (2017) Nazi-Looted Art and the Law: The American Cases (Springer) $162.00

International Committee of the Red Cross (2016) Commentary on the First Geneva Convention: Convention I for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field (Cambridge UP) $248.07

Jones, Seth G. (2016) Waging Insurgent Warfare: Lessons from the Vietcong to the Islamic State (Oxford UP) $30.64 

Luce, Edward (2017) The Retreat of Western Liberalism (Atlantic Monthly Press) $27.70

May, Larry (2017) The Cambridge Handbook of the Just War (Cambridge UP) $39.95

McMeekin, Sean (2017) The Russian Revolution: A New History (Basic Books) $34.90

Morkevičius, Valerie (2017) Realist Ethics: Just War Traditions as Power Politics (Cambridge UP) $39.95  

Nauta, David (2017) The International Responsibility of NATO and its Personnel during Military Operations (Martinus Nijhoff) $222.89

Nicholson, Joanna (2017) Fighting and Victimhood in International Criminal Law (Routledge) $161.30

Nicoletti, Cynthia (2017) Secession on Trial: The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis (Cambridge UP) $114.95

Nolan, Cathal J. (2017) The Allure of Battle: How Wars are Won and Lost (Oxford UP) $32.62

Ohlin, Jens David (ed) (2017) Theoretical Boundaries of Armed Conflict and Human Rights (Cambridge UP) $47.95

Ohlin, Jens David (2017) Weighing Lives in War (Oxford UP) $43.68

Ricks, Thomas E. (2017) Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom (Penguin Press) $30.21

Sageman, Marc (2017) Misunderstanding Terrorism (University of Pennsylvania Press) $30.78

Sands, Philippe (2017) East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes against Humanity” (Vintage) $20.70

Sands, Philippe (2017) Lawless World: Making and Breaking Global Rules (Penguin Press) $12.53

Solis, Gary D. (2016) The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in War/Second Edition (Cambridge UP) $79.36 

Strawser, Bradley J., Ryan Jenkins and Michael Robillard (eds) (2017) Who Should Die? The Ethics of Killing in War (Oxford UP) $72.17

Torroja, Helena (ed) (2017) Public International Law and Human Rights Violations by Private Military and Security Companies (Springer) $130.92

U.S. Naval War College (2017) International Law: Topics and Discussions, 1914 (Forgotten Books) $36.01

U.S. Naval War College (2017) International Law Situations, with Solutions and Notes, 1933 (Forgotten Books) $35.21

United States Congress and United States Senate (2017) War Powers in the 21st Century (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) $29.08

United States War Department (2017) A Source-Book of Military Law and War-Time Legislation (Forgotten Books) $98.86

Ward, Geoffrey C. and Ken Burns (2017) The Vietnam War: An Intimate History (Knopf) $51.84

Journal Special Issues  

An recent issue of Ethics and International Affairs contains a special section on “Legitimate Authority, War and the Ethics of Rebellion,” Guest Edited by Christopher J. Finlay, Jonathan Parry and Pål Wrange (Vol. 31, Issue 2, Summer 2017), a series of essays by Finlay, Parry and Wrange are included.

The journal Peace and Change contains a series of articles on peace movements, humanitarian intervention and pacifism (Vol. 42, Issue 4, October 2017). Articles by Michael Clinton, Martin Ceadel, David Leitch and William Barbieri Jr. are included.


The Guest Editors of an upcoming special issue of The European Legacy welcome submissions on the theme “Parting Ways with the Nation-State, Toward the Exilic State”. The issue is dedicated to the themes, thinkers, and central concerns of Judith Butler’s book Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (2012). Articles that take up Butler’s call to rethink the nation-state, and that tackle Butler’s views about Hannah Arendt, Edward Said, Mahmoud Darwish, Emmanuel Levinas, Walter Benjamin, Primo Levi, and Martin Buber, are encouraged. Articles should be between 6000-8000w in length and should be complete by June 1st, 2018; abstracts should be received prior to February 1st and should be sent to the guest editors (via the email addresses below) in accordance with submission guidelines for The European Legacy. The issue editors are Anya Topolski ( and Louis Klee (

Submissions are welcome for a special issue of Glocalism. Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation entitled “Towards Global Citizenships”. The issue will consider processes of globalisation and the deterritorialisation of political governance that are moving away from “state-centric”
models of the 19th and 20th centuries. Articles may be in any language with their length chosen by the author. Abstracts and keywords should be in English. Articles should be sent via email prior to January 31st via the following email addresses: and For further information, contact Elia Zaru of the Editorial Board of Glocalism at the following email address: Further information can be found at:

The publishing house Rowman and Littlefield International, along with the National University of Ireland (Galway) welcome book proposals for its series “Values and Identities: Crossing Philosophical Borders”. The Series Editors are Paul Crowther and Tsarina Doyle of the National University of Ireland (Galway). Inquiries and requests to submit a proposal form should be sent to: Full information about the series can be found at the following website:


An essay competition established by the journal Studies of Global Ethics and Global Education is on the question “How to Achieve Practical Implementation of Values and Theories of Global Responsibility?” The best three essays will be awarded cash prizes and published in Studies in Global Ethics and Global Education. The deadline for submissions is October 31st. Those wishing to participate should send submissions in accordance with the instructions for authors posted on the following website: Details about the competition are available here:

The editors of Global Justice: Theory, Practice, Rhetoric invite submissions for the 2nd annual essay prize in honor of Jonathan Trejo-Mathys (1979-2014). Trejo-Mathys, a member of the Global Justice Network and professor of philosophy at Boston College, worked in both philosophy and critical social theory. Submissions in all areas of political theory are welcome provided they concern global justice especially areas of global justice and trade, and contributions of critical theory to global justice. For additional questions, or to submit an essay for consideration (maximum 9000w), contact Barbara Buckinx at The winning author will receive a cash prize and will be invited to present their paper alongside a leading scholar in the field of global justice at Boston College’s annual lecture in Trejo-Mathys’ honour. The essay will also be published in Global Justice: Theory, Practice, Rhetoric. For more information, visit the following website:
Two competitions related to Global Ethics Day may be of interest: (1) The first is an International Student/Teacher Essay Contest, of which the topic questions are: “In your opinion, what is the world's greatest challenge, and how does it affect your local community and/or the world? What are the ethical issues involved and how can we work together to overcome this problem?: The contest open to teachers and students anywhere in the world; its submission deadline is December 31st.  (2) The second is an International Student Photo Contest, which this year is on the topic of climate change. Participants should submit photos illustrating examples of climate change or of combating and adapting to climate change. Students of all nationalities are eligible to enter. The deadline to submit photos for the competition is December 31st.

The School of Peacebuilding, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Intercultural Dialogue, Security, Leadership, Human Rights in Switzerland welcomes applications for its Visitor Researcher Program (VRP), a 3 to 12 month program designed to enhance the academic research skills of researchers through participation, training, and education. Researchers visit 3-6 Swiss Institutions and build practical knowledge and acquaintance with their activities in areas of Peacebuilding, mediation, conflict resolution, security, intercultural dialogue and human rights. For questions, contact Fakhrinur Huseynli, Director of Institute for Peace & Dialogue (IPD); Hegenheimerstrasse 175, 4055 Basel (Switzerland); Email: Details about participating institutions, participation fees, accommodation, the application process, are posted on this program website:,-VRP/

The Heritage in War Project invites applications from students interested in studying for a PhD concerned with issues around armed conflict and protection of cultural property. The project team will work with successful applicants in obtaining funding and the student will be registered at The Open University. Anyone interested should contact Derek Matravers via email: More information on the Open University’s doctoral programme can be found at the following website:


Last month The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs posted a lecture entitled “The Future of War: A History” by Sir Lawrence Freedman. The lecture is viewable and downloadable in WebCast and a transcription of the talk is available as well.

The Carnegie Council will host an event on Monday, November 13 from 8 to 9:15am (EST) entitled “Trump, North Korea, China: War or Peace?” The author and lawyer Gordon Chang will deliver the lecture, which will be available as a live WebCast. 

A recent post by Hanane Saouli on the blog of the Global Ethics Network explores the relationship between International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law.   

A blog entitled Thoughts of a Soldier-Ethicist may be of interest to readers of the newsletter. Published by a retired U.S. Army Officer, the blog’s purpose is to explore the moral standing, and the shortcomings, of the profession of arms.  

The journal Augustinian Studies now publishes selected articles online through the Philosophy Documentation Center. Augustinian Studies is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to studying the life, teachings, and influence of Augustine of Hippo. You can find the material posted on the website below.  

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