Call for Papers: Our Responsibility to the Global Poor

by | Apr 18, 2017

XXVIII World Congress of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy “Peace Based on Human Rights”

16-21 July 2017


Special Workshop Title: Our Responsibility to the Global Poor 

Chair: Dr. Elena Pribytkova, Faculty of Law, University of Basel (


Description: In the age of globalisation, actions of states, international organisations and nonstate actors have a crucial impact on the enjoyment of human rights worldwide. Especially they affect those in poverty. Examples include wars and military interventions, trade and investment policies, inadequate financial regulations and illicit financial flows, environmental destruction, economic sanctions, as well as development aid. It is important that members of the international community are responsible not only for harm caused by them, but they also have obligations to assist the global poor. The special workshop will continue discussions initiated in the special workshop Freedom from Poverty and a Decent Standard of Living from a Social Justice and Human Rights Perspective organized at the 26th IVR World Congress in Belo Horizonte (2013) as well as in the special workshop Human Rights as an Instrument for Poverty Eradication organized at the 27th IVR World Congress in Washington, D.C. (2015). From theoretical and practical perspectives, participants of the proposed special workshop will address the most topical and controversial issues surrounding national and international responsibility of multiple actors towards those suffering from poverty. In this sense, the special workshop will focus on, but not limited to, the following questions:

  • Content, scope and conditions of local and global responsibility to those in poverty;
  • Moral, political, and legal responsibility towards the global poor;
  • Negative and positive duties towards compatriots and foreigners as well as division of responsibilities between the home state and other members of the international community;
  • Extraterritorial obligations of multiple actors relating to their acts and omissions as well as obligations to cooperate and assist;
  • Human rights duties of subjects of the international community following from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • Responsibilities towards migrants and refugees;
  • Theories of global justice;
  • Human rights-based approach to poverty reduction;
  • Global institutions necessary to alleviate poverty and inequality;
  • National, regional and international judicial and non-judicial mechanisms for holding multiple actors accountable.


The special workshop is open to all interested participants. Language: English Deadlines: If you would like to participate, please, contact the organizer of the special workshop as soon as possible. Abstracts (under 3.500 characters) should be submitted to the organizer by May 15, 2017. The deadline for submission of full papers is June 15, 2017

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