Twilight Seminar Series

Justice in Transitional Circumstances

Twilight Seminar delivered by 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, I first articulate the circumstances of justice characterizing transitional societies, and contrast these with the circumstances of stable democracies.  I then argue 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).

The details for the event are as follows:

WhenThursday, 20 July 2017, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
5:30-6.00pm - Drinks and nibbles
6.00-7.00pm - Seminar (5_3_35)
WhereHealth Sciences & Medicine Building 5 (HSM)
Bond University, 14 University Drive, Robina

Carparking: PG3 -