2012 Forum

Just Intervention?

Wednesday 6th June 2012, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

G22 Lecture Theatre, Pearson Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Please reserve your free ticket here: http://lptforum.eventbrite.com

This is the third in a series of popular student-organised academic events at UCL’s School of Public Policy. This year’s forum will take place between 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday 6th June, in the form of a panel discussion chaired by Nat Rutherford, a student on the Master’s programme. This year we will be addressing the issue of international intervention. Professor Chris Brown (LSE), John McDonnell MP, Dr Laura Valentini (UCL) and Dr Avia Pasternak (University of Essex) have already confirmed as panel members. This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

With the recent military intervention in Libya, imposition of trade sanctions on Syria and our gradual retreat from two foreign wars, the issue of international intervention is currently (and foreseeably) pertinent to political philosophy, especially in the spheres of human rights and global justice. What normative and practical lessons can be drawn from experiences of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what considerations ought to inform a state’s decision to intervene, especially in light of the Arab Spring?

Some key issues we plan to address include:

  • Is it right to export western liberal values with missionary zeal?
  • Are accusations of cultural imperialism avoidable in international intervention?
  • How can we justify the circumvention of nationalism when engaging in foreign intervention?
  • Can cost-benefit analysis ever provide reasonable grounds for intervention?
  • Do the implications of intervention extend to broader concerns of global injustice, such as the global poor?
  • What obligations do states owe to citizens of other states?
  • Are our global obligations in conflict with democratic demands?
  • To what extent are our conclusions about global justice and intervention action-guiding?

Global problems need global solutions, but do they also generate global obligations? 

Where better to address these global issues than at UCL, “London’s Global University”?

We will be hosting a drinks reception in the South Cloisters after the talk and all attendees are welcome to join.



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