Thursday, February 6, 2014

Conference announcement: Ethics, War, and Intervention

Got this in an email:

Conference announcement: Ethics, War, and Intervention

Friday 30th May 2014

University of Birmingham

Keynote speaker: Professor Jeff McMahan

Call for abstracts:

The Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the University of Birmingham is pleased to announce a one-day conference on the ethics of war and intervention. Papers on any aspect of the ethics of war, conflict and intervention will be considered. We particularly welcome papers which speak to the work of Jeff McMahan, and those which speak to some aspect of the ‘security threats’ sub-strand of our current ‘Saving Humans’ research theme (for which, please see the link below).

The IAS works to foster inter-disciplinary engagement, and wide-ranging academic partnerships. We therefore encourage papers with cross-disciplinary reach and significance, and from scholars of all levels. Reasonable travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed for accepted speakers.

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words by 21st March 2014 to


The conference is free of charge. However, space at the conference is limited, and registration is required. To register, please go to

Public lecture:

Following the conference, at 5pm, Jeff McMahan will deliver a public lecture, entitled ‘The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention: With Comments on Syria’. This will be held at The Barber Institute of Fine Art. Admission to this event is also free, but due to anticipated demand, early registration is strongly advised. To register for the lecture, please go to

Contact for inquiries: Jeremy Williams (>)

Jeff McMahan is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of Saving Humans, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Birmingham. He is the author of The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life (Oxford University Press, 2002) and Killing in War (Oxford University Press, 2009). He has several other books forthcoming from Oxford University Press, including a collection of essays called The Values of Lives, a book on war intended for both academic and non-academic readers called The Right Way to Fight, and a sequel to his 2002 book called The Ethics of Killing: Self-Defense, War, and Punishment.


‘Saving Humans’ at the IAS:

The ‘Saving Humans’ Blog:

Dr. Jeremy Williams,
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow/Birmingham Fellow,
Department of Philosophy,
ERI Building,
University of Birmingham,
Birmingham B15 2TT.

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