Theorizing Human Rights: A Conference in Honor of James Nickel

March 22, 2013Duke Law News

March 22-23, 2013
Room 202 | West Duke Building

For more than 30 years, James Nickel has provided a clear voice on human rights and mentored students in human rights law and theory, jurisprudence, and political philosophy. In honor of his distinguished career and work, Kenan Institute of Ethics will be hosting this conference. This event is co-sponsored by CICL, the Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI), Philosophy Department and Trinity College. Panel topics include Morality to Law, Human Rights and Democracy, Global Justice and the Resource Curse, Linkage Arguments, and Human Rights and Dignity.

The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kelly Lipford.


Friday, March 22
10:00 am- 12:30 pm: From Morality to Law
John Tasioulas, University College London, Law
Allen Buchanan, Duke, Philosophy and Law
Pablo Gilabert, Concordia University of Montreal, Philosophy (Commentator)
Gerald Postema, UNC, Philosophy (Moderator)

12:30-2:00 pm: Lunch break

2:00 pm-3:40 pm: Human Rights and Democracy
Thomas Christiano, University of Arizona, Philosophy and Law
Kristen Hessler, SUNY-Albany, Philosophy (Commentator)
Julian Culp, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Philosophy (Moderator)
4:20 pm-6:00 pm: Global Justice and the Resource Curse
Leif Wenar, King's College London, Law
Erika Weinthal, Duke, Nicholas School of the Environment and Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute (Commentator)
David Reidy, University of Tennessee, Philosophy (Moderator)

6:30pm-7:30 pm: Reception

Saturday, March 23
9:00 am-10:40: Justifying Human Rights with Linkage Arguments
Jim Nickel, University of Miami Law and Philosophy
Elizabeth Ashford, St. Andrew's University, Philosophy (Commentator)
Gopal Sreenivasan, Duke, Philosophy (Moderator)

11:00 am-12:30 pm: Human Rights and Dignity
Charles Beitz, Princeton, Political Science Theory
Bas Van der Vossen, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Philosophy (Commentator)
David Wong, Duke, Philosophy (Moderator)

12:45-2:30 pm: Lunch with Panel Discussion on Future Directions for Human Rights Theory
Robin Kirk, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute
Monica Hakimi, University of Michigan Law School, Philosophy
Kit Wellman, Washington University St. Louis, Philosophy
Rowan Cruft, University of Stirling, Philosophy
Kit Wellman, Washington University in St. Louis, Philosophy (Moderator and panelist)>

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