Workshop: Individual and Collective Duties to Rescue

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Co-hosted by the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace and the Institute for Futures Studies

Stockholm, 31st May 2018

Call for Abstracts: Deadline: 1st March 2018

The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, along with calls for intervention in conflicts in Syria and elsewhere, has pushed discussion of duties to rescue into the political spotlight. At the same time, the growing Effective Altruism movement challenges historically dominant views about the nature of individual duties to rescue. This workshop aims to explore both the grounds and scope of duties to rescue. Possible paper topics include (but are not limited to):

  • The duties of states and individuals to refugees
  • Whether intervention in a conflict generates special duties to rescue its victims
  • The effect of historical responsibility for instability on duties to rescue
  • Whether states and individuals ought to minimise harm when rescuing
  • Agent-relative prerogatives and the duty to rescue
  • Our duties to protect non-human value (e.g. the environment or cultural heritage)

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to by the 1st of March 2018. Two nights’ accommodation (and meals at the workshop) will be covered for the authors of accepted papers, along with travel costs of up to 2000SEK (approx.. €200). Each speaker will have 45 minutes to present, followed by 30 minutes discussion.