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, Thursday 31st May 2018
Institute for Futures Studies, Holländargatan 13, Stockholm. Map here.

Draft Schedule:

09.15 – 10.25 Helen Frowe (Stockholm) ‘Duties to Rescue and Agent-Relative Prerogatives’

10.25 – 10.40 Coffee

10.40 – 11.55 Joseph Bowen (St. Andrews) ‘Rights Against Suboptimal Supererogation’

12.00 – 13.10 Brian Berkey (Pennsylvania) ‘Collective Obligations and Demandingness Complaints’

13.10 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.10 Richard Stupart (LSE) ‘Bearing Witness: A Philosophical Defence of Witnessing’

15.10 – 15.25 Coffee

15.25 – 16.35 Holly Lawford-Smith (Melbourne) ‘The Feasibility of Asylum-Seeker Protection in Australia’

16.45 – 17.55 Kieran Oberman (Edinburgh) ‘Border Rescues’


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.

The workshop is open to all and free to attend, but places are limited. Please register in advance (and no later than the 24th of May) by emailing [email protected], putting Workshop Registration in the subject line. Please mention any dietary restrictions when registering.