Professor Donald Moon “Paradoxes of International Justice”

Interesting CHUM lecture tomorrow:

After WW II European colonial empires were disbanded and virtually all of the world’s territory came to be politically organized into territorially distinct sovereign states. At the same time, there has been a growing concern throughout the world with idea of international or global justice, manifested in part in the emergence of an international doctrine of human rights. These developments stand in tension to each other, as emerging international standards are increasingly used to justify various forms of intervention in the domestic affairs of supposedly sovereign states and even to redefine the meaning of “sovereignty” itself. Ironically, interventions to protect human rights can often undercut the very rights invoked to justify the interventions in the first place. In his lecture, Professor Moon explores some paradoxes to which the commitment to international justice seems to give rise, with an eye to assessing the legitimacy of humanitarian intervention.

Date: April 19
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: The Russell House

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