Jun 14 – 17, 2022
Europe/London timezone

The Ethics and Politics of 'Harm'

Jun 17, 2022, 4:45 PM
1h 30m
Martin Luther King, Student Union

Martin Luther King, Student Union

Ethics and World Politics Working Group


This roundtable critically evaluates the possibilities and limitations of the concept of harm as a foundation for responsibility, accountability and liability in global ethics. Rationalist approaches to global ethics (Hutchings, 2018) such as consequentialism and deontology treat harm as an objective foundation: as something that can be measured, or as the content of a moral imperative. Contributors will be invited to consider but think past this, by building on Linklater's (2006) more intersubjective interpretation of harm as an 'essentially contested concept' (Gallie, 1956; see also Hoseason 2018, Karp 2020). This will be connected to substantive areas including business and human rights, migration policy, international criminal justice, racial/colonial capitalism, and hate speech. The roundtable begins a conservation between scholars ranging from established academics to PhD researchers. It fosters a discussion about how each contributor's research and professional experience in this area, as well as future research plans, can help to construct a larger collaborative research agenda about the ethics and politics of harm in IR.

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