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Trials as Messages of Justice: What Should Be Expected of International Criminal Courts?

| December 14, 2016
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After more than a decade of work, the accomplishments of the International Criminal Court are highly contested. In this article, the authors ask, what can and should we expect from international criminal courts? How can international trial and punishment constitute a suitable response to episodes of mass violence?

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Self-Interest and the Distant Vulnerable

| September 15, 2016
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What interests do states have in assisting and protecting vulnerable populations beyond their borders? Today, confronted as we are with civil wars, mass atrocities, and humanitarian catastrophes that have cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians and generated the displacement of sixty million more, this question is as urgent as it has ever been.






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Should International Courts Use Public Reason?

| September 15, 2016
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Is public reason an appropriate ideal for international courts? Since the early 1990s various political philosophers and legal scholars have argued that supreme courts should “use public reason” or abide by an “ideal of public reason.”






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Rethinking Central Bank Accountability in Uncertain Times

| June 10, 2016
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As the dust has settled following the 2008 financial crisis and the economic dislocations that ensued, it has become clear that central banks have gained considerably in authority— using highly unorthodox tools to stimulate the economy, taking a greater role in financial regulation, and putting themselves in more politically sensitive positions.






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Should We Take the “Human” Out of Human Rights? Human Dignity in a Corporate World

| June 10, 2016
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In recent years philosophical discussions of human rights have focused on the question of whether “humanist” and “political” conceptions of human rights are genuinely incompatible or whether some kind of synthesis between them may be possible.






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Robots and Respect: Assessing the Case Against Autonomous Weapon Systems

| March 10, 2016
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There is increasing speculation within military and policy circles that the future of armed conflict is likely to include extensive deployment of autonomous weapon systems. The ethical case for allowing autonomous targeting, at least in specific restricted domains, is stronger than critics have typically acknowledged—but such targeting still remains ethically problematic.






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Democracies and the Power to Revoke Citizenship

| March 10, 2016
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This article assesses the justifications given for the claimed power to revoke citizenship in democratic states and concludes that, ultimately, such a power is incompatible with democracy.






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The Ethics of Arming Rebels

| December 11, 2015
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Arming rebels is generally impermissible and only exceptionally morally permissible–even when rebels are engaged in unjust wars.






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