Conference 2018



jointly held by KFG “Justitia Amplificata” (Freie U. Berlin and Goethe U. Frankfurt)
and Research Group on Global Justice of the Yan P. Lin Centre (McGill University)
funded by a FIW-2018-009 McGill-FUB Grant

6 and 7 December 2018


Global justice has become a central focus of research in contemporary political philosophy, but political theorists and philosophers of global justice still have rare occasions to engage with empirical scholars and scholarship regarding the challenges of conceptualizing, institutionalizing, and practicing justice in historical and contemporary political conditions. Both the Justitia Amplificata Research Group, based at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt and the Freie Universität Berlin, and the Research Group on Global Justice of the Yan P. Lin Centre at McGill University, have considerable intellectual resources devoted to fostering greater collaboration and dialogue between empirical and theoretical scholars in order to push beyond existing literatures on global justice. This conference builds on a successful joint conference between these two research groups that took place in September, 2017, at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


Thursday, 6th December 2018

Venue: Senatssaal in the Henry-Ford-Building of Freie Universität Berlin
Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem


9.45 – 10.00 Welcome by Stefan Gosepath and Catherine Lu


10.00 – 11.15 Samuel Bagg (Lin Centre, McGill): Sortition as anti-corruption

Comment: Marcus Häggrot (Justitia Amplificata, Goethe Universität Frankfurt/Main)


11.15 – 11.45 Coffee Break


11.45 – 13.00 Henning Hahn (Freie Universität Berlin): Frontiers of Reconciliation.

Lessons from the restorative justice debate for cosmopolitans, liberal societies and relational ethics

Comment: Mirjam Müller (Justitia Amplificata, Freie U. Berlin)


13.00 – 14.30 Lunch Break


14.30 – 15.45 Catherine Lu (Lin Centre, McGill): Decolonizing Self-Determination

Comment: Andreas Oldenburg (Philosophy, TU Dortmund University)


15.45-16.15 Coffee Break


16.15 – 17.30 Tamara Jugov (Freie U. Berlin): A Political Model of Responsibility for Global Injustice: It's the Power, stupid!

Comment: Hilkje Hänel (Philosophy, FUB)




Friday, 7th of December

Venue: Institute of Philosophy of Freie Universität Berlin, Standort II, Thielallee 43, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem


10.00 – 11.15 Mohamed Sesay (Lin Centre, McGill): International Justice contestation: Africa is not Just a Norm Taker

Comment: Jiewuh Song (Seoul National University, Justitia Amplificata Fellow)


11.15-11.45 Coffee break


11.45 – 13.00 Stefan Gosepath (Justitia Amplificata, Freie U. Berlin) What, if anything, is wrong with bequest? A preliminary sketch

Comment: Daniel Weinstock


13.00 – 14.30 Lunch Break


14.30 – 15.45 Megan Bradley (McGill) and Mohamed Sesay (McGill): “When the earth opened”: Responsibility and accountability after disasters – Insights from Sierra Leone Comment: Oheneba Boateng (Freie Universität Berlin)


15.45-16.15 Coffee Break


16.15-17.30 Jakob Huber (Goethe Universität Frankfurt/Main): “Hope without Progress“ Comment: Catherine Lu (McGill)




Samuel Bagg received his PhD in Political Science from Duke University in 2017, and is now a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Research Group on Constitutional Studies at the Yan P. Lin Centre at McGill University. His primary line of research develops an account of democracy that is grounded in the dispersion of power rather than collective self-rule, and has recently appeared in the American Political Science Review. Other work has explored realist and pragmatist methods in political theory, as well as the implications of advances in the biological and cognitive sciences for key political concepts such as power and agency.


Oheneba Boateng received his Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations) in 2018 from the Freie Universität Berlin and is currently an Honors Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dahlem Research School at the same university. Using critical approaches, his primary research probes African agency in international affairs by tracing and analysing the conditions under which African actors participate in transnational and global governance regimes. Empirically, this research focuses on humanitarianism and humanitarian action, refugees, forced displacement and migration, peace and security and development. Oheneba’s work has been published in the South African Journal of International Affairs and Development in Practice. He is currently converting his dissertation into a monograph for Routledge.


Megan Bradley is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Development Studies at McGill University, where her research focuses on refugees and forced migration, human rights, humanitarianism, transitional justice, and natural disasters. She is the author of Refugee Repatriation: Justice, Responsibility and Redress (Cambridge University Press, 2013), editor of Forced Migration, Reconciliation and Justice (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015) and co-editor of Refugees’ Roles in Resolving Displacement and Building Peace: Beyond Beneficiaries (Georgetown University Press, 2019). Her research has also appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as the Review of International Studies, Ethics and International Affairs, the International Journal of Transitional Justice, and the Journal of Refugee Studies. Alongside her research and teaching, Professor Bradley has worked with a range of organizations concerned with humanitarianism, human rights and development. From 2012-2014, she was a Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, where she was part of the Brookings Project on Internal Displacement. She has also worked with UNHCR, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and served as the Cadieux-Léger Fellow in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.


Stefan Gosepath is Professor of Practical Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) and associated at the Departments of Politics there. He is also co-director of the Centre for Advanced Studies “Justitia Amplificata: Rethinking Justice: Applied and Global” < > together with Rainer Forst. He is also Principal Investigator of the cluster of excellence “The Contestation of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS). Before coming to Berlin he was professor of International Political Theory and Philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt-am-Main, in the Cluster of Excellence, “The Formation of Normative Orders”. Previously he has been a professor at the universities of Bremen, Giessen, Potsdam, Vienna and Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and Columbia University. Gosepath is the author of two monographs: Aufgeklärtes Eigeninteresse. Eine Theorie theoretischer und praktischer Rationalität (“Enlightened Self-Interest: A Theory of Theoretical and Practical Rationality”, Suhrkamp 1992); Gleiche Gerechtigkeit. Grundlagen eines liberalen Egalitarismus (“Equal Justice: Foundations of a Liberal Egalitarianism”, Suhrkamp 2004). He co-authored “Einführung in die politische Philosophie” (“Introduction to Political Philosophy”), Reclam 2013. In addition he is editor of Motive, Gründe, Zwecke. Theorien praktischer Rationalität (“Motives, Reasons, Purposes“, Fischer 1999) and co-editor of Philosophie der Menschenrechte (“Philosophy of Human Rights”, Suhrkamp 1998), Weltrepublik. Demokratie und Globalisierung (“World Republic: Democracy and Globalisation”, Beck 2002), Handbuch der Politischen Philosophie und Sozialphilosophie (HPPS) (“Companion to Political and Social Philosophy”, de Gruyter 2008), Philosophie der Moral (“Philosophy of Morality”, Suhrkamp 2009) and ...dass es ein Ende mir mir haben muss. [… that I may know how frail I am] Münster: Mentis 2016. In addition he has published numerous articles on practical reason and normativity, justice and equality, human rights and global justice, and on morality. – He is also Book Reviews Editor for the Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie. Further information can be found at:


Marcus Häggrot received his PhD in Political Science from Oxford University in 2017, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Justitia Amplificata Centre at Goethe Universität Frankfurt/Main. His doctoral research explored the implications of liberal principles for how states should treat nomadic minorities, and parts of this work have appeared in Citizenship Studies. His current research project looks at the territorial dimension of electoral constituencies and explores the normative rationale and justifiability of residence-based constituency definitions.


Henning Hahn is Guest Professor of Political Philosophy and Ethics at Freie Universität Berlin and Assistant Professor at the Center of Global Ethics at Kassel University. His research focuses on theories of global justice and applied global ethics. He is currently working on two projects, one on "frontiers of reconciliation" (global, liberal, interactional), one on "civil disobedience across borders". He is the author of Political Cosmopolitanism: Practicability, Responsiblity, Human Rights (DeGruyter 2017) and Moral Self-Respect: On the Moral Constitution of Persons and Politics (DeGruyter 2008).


Hilkje Hänel is Assistent Professor of Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin. She has a PhD in philosophy from the Humboldt-University of Berlin, a liberal arts degree from the European College of Liberal Arts (now Bard College Berlin), a BA-degree in Philosophy and English literature from Georg-August University of Göttingen, and a MA-degree in philosophy from Sheffield University. Her thesis is published with transcript Publishers and concerns the concept of rape. Hilkje Hänel is an executive board member of SWIP Germany and a founding member and secretary of the Network of Analytic Philosophy and Social Critique. She held a fellowship at the Carl and Max Schneider Stiftung and at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Hilkje Hänel works in feminist philosophy, Critical Theory and applied ethics and her current research is on questions of non-ideal methodology, feminist epistemology (particularly epistemic injustices and standpoint theory), ideology, recognition, solidarity, and emancipation.


Jakob Huber is Postdoctoral Fellow with the Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders“ at Goethe University Frankfurt. He received his PhD in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2017 and spent the subsequent academic year as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Advanced Studies "Justitia Amplificata“. His work - which has been published in journals such as European Journal of Philosophy, Political Studies and Politics, Philosophy & Economics - attempts to make themes from Kant’s philosophy fruitful for a number of issues in contemporary political philosophy, with a focus on questions of migration, membership and territory. More recently, he has developed an interest in the nature, role and significance of hope in political life.


Tamara Jugov is Junior-Professor in Political Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin. She studied Political Science and Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin, the ISHSS Amsterdam and the LSE in London and completed her PhD at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main. Prior to joining the Institute of Philosophy at FU, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies “Justitia Amplificata” in Frankfurt and Berlin. She is the author of a book on global justice and non-domination “Geltungsgründe Globaler Gerechtigkeit” to appear with Campus Verlag Frankfurt/Main. Recently, she has published papers on “systemic domination as ground of justice” (European Journal of Political Theory) and on “Individual Responsibility for global structural injustices: A power-based conception” (Zeitschrift für Praktische Philosophie).


Catherine Lu is Professor of Political Science at McGill University, and Coordinator of the Research Group on Global Justice of the Yan P. Lin Centre for the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds at McGill University. Her research and teaching interests intersect political theory and international relations, focusing on critical and normative studies of humanitarianism and intervention in world politics; theories and practices of justice and reconciliation; colonialism and structural injustice; and cosmopolitanism, global justice, and the world state. She is the author of Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and Just and Unjust Interventions in World Politics: Public and Private (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).


Mirjam Müller is a Post-doctoral Researcher at Justitia Amplificata, Freie Universität Berlin. She completed a PhD in Political Philosophy at Humboldt University in October 2018. Before joining Humboldt University, she did a MA in Political Theory at University College London and a BA in Political Science at the University of Constance. Her research focuses on theories of economic justice, in particular exploitation theories, global justice and feminist theories.


Andreas Oldenburg is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department for Philosophy and Political Science of TU Dortmund University. His research is mainly in political philosophy but intersects the fields of business ethics and international relations. He has a special interest in boundary problems and questions of collective self-determination. He was a visiting student in 2012 at Princeton University by the invitation of Philip Pettit. In 2016, he received is PhD in political science from Freie Universität Berlin. In his dissertation, he develops a republican theory of secession and decolonization. It will be published in German next spring (Campus, 2019). His most recent research focuses on the political theory of corporations, with a forthcoming paper on Workplace Democracy and Corporate Human Rights Responsibilities co-authored with Christian Neuhäuser.


Mohamed Sesay is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Research Group on Global Justice at the Yan P. Lin Centre at McGill University. He received his PhD in Political Science from McGill University in 2016, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics, with a specific focus on sub-Saharan Africa. His research examines the complex interactions between global and local norms of justice, peacebuilding, and reconstruction within the context of societies emerging from armed conflicts. Mohamed Sesay is also a post-doctoral researcher of the Network on Transitional Justice and Development, a collaborative project to examine the relation between transitional justice and development in fragile and conflict affected states (FCAS). His most recent article appeared in the European Journal of International Security (2018): "Hijacking the Rule of Law in Post-conflict Environments.‘


Jiewuh Song is Assistant Professor in Political Science and International Relations at Seoul National University and currently a fellow at the Justitia Amplificata Centre. Song works on issues at the intersection of law, philosophy, and politics, and has particular interests in the political philosophy of international law. At Justitia Amplificata, Song is pursuing research on the justifiability of international law to the various actors subject to that law, at the levels both of general theorizing and of particular legal norms, e.g., in international human rights law or international criminal law. Song’s publications include “Pirates and Torturers: Universal Jurisdiction as Enforcement Gap-Filling,” Journal of Political Philosophy (2015), Vol. 23, pp. 471-490, “Justice and Cooperation,” Philosophical Analysis (2017), Vol. 38, pp. 263-290, and “Subsidiarity and Sovereignty,” Korean Journal of Legal Philosophy (2018), Vol. 21, pp. 383-416.


Daniel Weinstock is James McGill Professor of Law at McGill University, and the Director of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy. His research explores the governance of certain types of liberal democracies, and the effects of religious and cultural diversity from an ethical perspective on the political and ethical philosophy of public policy. He is a prize fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2004), and a recipient of the André-Laurendeau Prize given by the Association canadienne-française pour l’avancement des sciences. He was awarded the 2017 Charles Taylor Prize for Excellence in Policy Research by the Broadbent Institute. He has published many articles on the ethics of nationalism, problems of justice and stability in multinational states, the foundations of international ethics, and the accommodation of cultural and moral diversity within liberal democratic societies.


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