[SydPhil] CAVE Seminar: Colleen Murphy (Illinois), "Justice in Transitional Circumstances", Monday, Macquarie

Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics arts.cave at mq.edu.au
Mon Jul 17 16:44:21 AEST 2017

Hi all,

You are invited to a jointly hosted Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics (CAVE) and Macquarie Law School seminar next Monday. The speaker is Colleen Murphy (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and she will be speaking on justice in transitional circumstances. All welcome, no registration required.

Colleen Murphy (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), "Justice in Transitional Circumstances"

Date: Monday 24 July

Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: Blackshield Room, W3A 501, Macquarie University (Q15 on campus map<http://www.mq.edu.au/__data/assets/image/0010/183556/Campus-Map.png>)


Societies emerging from periods of conflict or repression and trying to democratize characteristically try to address past wrongs using processes other than criminal punishment. There is, however, deep disagreement as to whether justice is achieved with alternate measures such as amnesty or a truth commission.  What are the appropriate standards of justice to use when evaluating various responses to wrongdoing in transitional circumstances?  To answer this question,  I first articulate the circumstances of justice characterizing transitional societies, and contrast these with the circumstances of stable democracies.  I then argue that justice in transitional circumstances is not aimed at giving perpetrators what they deserve, but rather is aimed at transforming a society in a just manner. In these circumstances, the justice of any response to wrongdoing is a function of whether it contributes to transformation in the right way.

About the speaker:

Colleen Murphy is a Professor of Law, Philosophy and Political Science and Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Moral Philosophy, a member of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Women (2014 - 2017) and a member of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Philosophy and Law (2017 - 2020). Professor Murphy is the author of The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice (Cambridge University Press) and A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press).

See you then!


Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE)
Department of Philosophy
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
CAVE website: mq.edu.au/cave<http://cave.mq.edu.au>

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