Ethics, War and Intervention


            Conference announcement and call for abstracts

Friday 30 May 2014


Keynote speaker: Professor Jeff McMahan

Venue: European Research Institute (ERI) Room G51, The University of Birmingham




      Coffee and Registration from 9.00am

Welcome: Professor Heather Widdows

10.00 - 11.00        Session 1 (chair: Professor Heather Widdows)

      Prof. Jeff McMahan, ‘Liability, Proportionality, and the Aggregation of Harm’

11.00 - 12.30        Session 2: Panel A (chair: Dr. Christopher Finlay)

      Speakers 25 mins each followed by 15 mins Q&A together:

  • Dr Eamon Aloyo (Hague Institute for Global Justice), ‘The Last of Last Resort'
  • Dr Rita Floyd (Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), University of Birmingham), ‘Just Resort to Securitization'
  • Dr Simon Jackson (European University Institute in Florence and from Sept 2014 History, Birmingham), 'Blockade then relief: the politics and law of humanitarian intervention in WW1 Syria’

12.30 - 13.15        Lunch in ERI Atrium

13.15 - 14.15        Session 3 (chair: Dr. Jeremy Williams)

      Prof. Victor Tadros (Law, Warwick), ‘The Uncertainties of War’ (Chair: Jeremy

14.15 - 15.15        Session 4: Panel B (chair: Professor Paul Jackson)

      Speakers 15 mins each followed by 15 mins Q&A together

  • Lars Christie (Philosophy, Oslo), 'Humanitarian interventions and collateral damage: Distributing the Cost of Rescue'
  • Amanda Cawston (Philosophy, Cambridge), ‘What is Wrong With Alienated Violence?'
  • Andrew Forcehimes (Philosophy, Vanderbilt), ‘Luck ad Bellum'

15.15 - 15.30        Coffee in ERI Atrium

15.30-16.30        Session 5 (chair: Dr. Scott Wisor)

      Prof. Kim Hutchings (International Relations, London School of Economics ), 'What
      Would We Do Without World War Two? A Feminist Critique of Cosmopolitan Just
      War Theory'.

17.00-18.30    Public Lecture, Barber Institute of Fine Arts Professor Jeff McMahan

Title: ‘The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention, With Comments on Syria’

Introduction: Professor Michael Whitby, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Arts and Law.

Vote of thanks: Nicholas J. Wheeler, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security (ICCS)

18.30-20.00          Wine reception and buffet with stalls, posters, and installations.

About Jeff McMahan 

Jeff McMahan is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of Saving Humans, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Birmingham. He is the author of The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life (Oxford University Press, 2002) and Killing in War (Oxford University Press, 2009). He has several other books forthcoming from Oxford University Press, including a collection of essays called The Values of Lives, a book on war intended for both academic and non-academic readers called The Right Way to Fight, and a sequel to his 2002 book called The Ethics of Killing: Self-Defense, War, and Punishment.

Snapshots from the event