Monday, 16 March 2020

The Mechanics of Claims and Permissible Killing in War

Workshop and Discussion of the book by Alec D. Walen in the presence of the author


According to the dominant account of rights, there are two ways to permissibly kill people: they have done something to forfeit their right to life, or their rights are outweighed by the significantly greater cost of respecting them. Contemporary just war theorists tend to agree that it is difficult to justify killing in the second way. Thus, they focus on the conditions under which rights might be forfeited. But it has proven hard to defend an account of forfeiture that permits killing when and only when it is morally justifiable.


Hilde Ottschofski
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Registration deadline
Please register until 05.03.2020.
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WZB, Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin, Room A 305
Monday, 16 March 2020
Start 9:00 am
Prof. Dr. Mattias Kumm, WZB Center of Global Constitutionalism
Book Cover: The Mechanics of Claims and Permissible Killings in War

Oxford University Press; Hardback

Published: 09 May 2019

264 Pages


ISBN: 9780190872045

Alec D. Walen
Prof. Dr. Alec D. Walen


Professor Walen holds a joint appointment in the School of Law, the Philosophy Department  and the Program in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA . He is serving as Director of the Program in Criminal Justice. The central focus of his current work is articulating a view of rights that reflects a fundamental moral commitment to autonomy, equality, and the value of human welfare.