JSI Seminar Series: Justice in Transitional Circumstances

25 July 2017


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Speaker: Professor Colleen Murphy, University of Illinois

Societies emerging from periods of conflict or repression and trying to democratize characteristically try to address past wrongs using processes other than criminal punishment. There is, however, deep disagreement as to whether justice is achieved with alternate measures such as amnesty or a truth commission. What are the appropriate standards of justice to use when evaluating various responses to wrongdoing in transitional circumstances? To answer this question, Professor Murphy first articulates the circumstances of justice characterizing transitional societies, and contrasts these with the circumstances of stable democracies. She then argues that justice in transitional circumstances is not aimed at giving perpetrators what they deserve, but rather is aimed at transforming a society in a just manner.

About the Speaker

Colleen Murphy is Professor of Law, Philosophy, and Political Science as well as Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Murphy is the co-editor of Engineering Ethics for a Globalized World (Springer, 2015), Risk Analysis of Natural Hazards (Springer, 2015), and Climate Change and Its Impacts: Risks and Inequalities (Springer, under contract).

CPD Points: 2

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, University of Sydney

Cost: Complimentary, however registration is essential.

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

Email: 3800046a1d0552264314381e150a415114451f12467b3719