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Prioritizing Global Responsibilities: The Ethics of Global Priority-setting

Thursday 4 May 2023
Public Ethics Talks
2511 DP Den Haag
Spanish Steps

On Thursday 4 May the Centre for Public Values & Ethics organises a Public Ethics Talk on ‘Prioritizing Global Responsibilities: The Ethics of Global Priority-setting’.

Although states have global responsibilities across several issue areas, they also have significant budgetary and resource limitations in what they can do to tackle all the various ongoing and potential crises worldwide. Tackling one crisis, and fulfilling one set of responsibilities, typically raises opportunity costs for other crises and for fulfilling global responsibilities elsewhere. In the face of budgetary and resource limitations, states have to decide which global responsibilities they will focus on. If states cannot fulfil all their global responsibilities, such as to tackle mass atrocities, global poverty, disease, and climate change, which should they prioritise? This talk considers this question.

No pre-registration is needed for this event. 
Questions regarding this event can be sent to m.j.cho@luc.leidenuniv.nl

Public Ethic Talks

The series Public Ethics Talks is organised by the Centre for Public Values & Ethics of the Institute of Public Administration, in collaboration with the Institute of Security and Global Affairs and Leiden University College. The talks aim to bring in cutting- edge work in ethics, moral philosophy, political theory and the normative theory of law to reflect on the practice of public policy, organisation and management. The talks are held in public and are open to a wide audience of public professionals, students and academics.

James Pattison is professor of politics at the University of Manchester. His work focuses on ethical issues in international politics with research expertise on humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect (R2P), Just War Theory, private security, and the alternatives to war (e.g. sanctions). He has written three books- the latest on the ethics of the alternatives to war (The Alternatives to War: From Sanctions to Nonviolence, Oxford University Press, 2018) and over 30 journal articles since 2007.

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