2008–2009 Program: Justice in Conflict—Justice in Peace

“Justice in Conflict—Justice in Peace”

The institute’s main annual lecture and conference series for 2008–09 will focus on the topic of “Justice in Conflict—Justice in Peace.” This series will gather a diverse group of scholars and leaders to focus on the question of how reconciliation emerges from conflict, to analyze the moral and political obligations following a conflict, and to suggest ways in which philosophical and religious thought may help guide decision-making.

The nature of social, ethical and religious reconciliation will be explored in this series from a number of important perspectives. Some of our speakers have been concerned with the philosophical analysis of concepts like forgiveness and atonement; others have pursued research more directly on the religious conceptions of peace and toleration. Particular points of focus will include the notions of moral reconstruction following conflict, the institutional structure of efforts at “truth and reconciliation,” as well as the ongoing development of “just war” theory to incorporate not only its traditional concerns with the justice of the cause of war (jus ad bellum) and how it is justly conducted (jus in bello) but also with the moral obligations concerned with the period following a conflict (jus post bellum).

A hallmark of this year’s series will be a focal conference on reconciliation, moral obligation and moral reconstruction in the wake of conflict (March 20–21, 2009). This conference will offer the opportunity for the interconnection of theoretical perspectives with the policy experience of those who have had direct involvement with important post-conflictual situations (Bosnia, South Africa, Israel/Palestine).

In addition to its series on “Justice in Conflict—Justice in Peace,” the institute will also play host to the second annual Boston Area Symposium on the Philosophy of Religion.

“Justice After War: Who Believes What? and Why?”

Brian Orend, University of Waterloo

Wednesday, September 24, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor

“The Iraq War: ‘Fishing with a Golden Net’?”

Dan Caldwell, Pepperdine University

Wednesday, October 15, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor

“The Status and Standing of Just War Theory”

Bryan Hehir, Harvard Kennedy School

Tuesday, November 4, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor

Jus Post Bellum and Dilemmas of Individual Criminal Responsibility”

Carsten Stahn, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University

Tuesday, November 18, 5 p.m.
Boston University Photonics Center
8 Saint Mary’s Street, Room 211

“War and Poetry”: An Evening of Readings, Analysis, and Discussion

James Winn, Boston University

Tuesday, December 2, 7–9 p.m.
The Castle
225 Bay State Road

“A World Government: Is It Possible? Is It Needed?”

Predrag Cicovacki, College of the Holy Cross

Wednesday, January 21, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor

The Leroy Rouner Memorial Lecture

Jean Bethke Elshtain, University of Chicago

Wednesday, March 4, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor

IPR Focal Conference on Reconciliation, Moral Obligation,and Moral Reconstruction in the Wake of Conflict

Friday, March 20–Saturday March 21, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Boston University Photonics Center Colloquium Room
8 Saint Mary’s Street, Ninth Floor

See the full schedule information here.

Participants:

  • Andrew Bacevich, Boston University
  • Anat Biletzki, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv
  • Claudia Card, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ehud Eiran, Brandeis University, Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
  • Nir Eisikovits, Suffolk University
  • Charles Griswold, Boston University
  • William Long, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Alice MacLachlan, York University
  • Padraig O’Malley, University of Massachusetts at Boston
  • Abdulaziz Sachedina, University of Virginia
  • Margaret Urban Walker, Arizona State University
  • Ajume Wingo, University of Colorado