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Justifying Lockdown

Justifying Lockdown

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Throughout most of the world, significant restrictions have been placed on freedoms to move about, to associate in public, and to be in many public spaces. These practices are often collectively referred to as “lockdown.” What arguments can be presented for why, given the significant costs a lockdown may impose, it can nevertheless be required?

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Inequality and Austerity: Our Weak Links in Countering COVID-19

Inequality and Austerity: Our Weak Links in Countering COVID-19

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There are weeks where decades happen. These are those weeks. COVID-19 has shaken the whole world. Established orthodoxies have disappeared overnight. Our ways of living have changed overnight, and the rules of our societies and economies are being rewritten.

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Borders in the Time of COVID-19

Borders in the Time of COVID-19

| March 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the significance of borders. While much attention has been paid to debates surrounding Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall,” the current crisis reveals that governments seeking to restrict mobility rely only partly (and increasingly rarely) on brick and mortar.

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A Luxury Carbon Tax to Address Climate Change and Inequality: Not All Carbon Is Created Equal

A Luxury Carbon Tax to Address Climate Change and Inequality: Not All Carbon Is Created Equal

| March 2020
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Just as there is income inequality, there is also inequality in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A luxury carbon tax is worth considering. It can help to reduce emissions, stimulate low-carbon innovation, raise revenues, and address concerns about environmental justice and broader inequalities.

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The Coronavirus and Trust in the Process of International Cooperation: A System Under Pressure

The Coronavirus and Trust in the Process of International Cooperation: A System Under Pressure

| February 2020
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On January 30, 2020, the WHO Director-General declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the International Health Regulations. How do we assess the response of the WHO and major states?

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Book Symposium: A Discussion on Clifford Bob’s <em>Rights as Weapons</em>

Book Symposium: A Discussion on Clifford Bob’s Rights as Weapons

| November 2019
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The editors of Ethics & International Affairs are pleased to present an online exclusive book symposium featuring responses to Rights as Weapons: Instruments of Conflict, Tools of Power, a provocative new book by Clifford Bob. NEW: Now featuring a rejoinder from Clifford Bob.

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<em>Rights as Weapons</em>: A Rejoinder

Rights as Weapons: A Rejoinder

| November 2019
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It is an honor for Ethics & International Affairs to have chosen my book, Rights as Weapons: Instruments of Conflict, Tools of Power, for an online symposium. I am grateful to the six respondents for their insightful and challenging reactions.

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Rethinking the Politics of Rights

Rethinking the Politics of Rights

| November 2019
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Many international human rights advocates have long assumed that rights are natural, universal, indivisible, and absolute–or, as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights puts it, recognition of the “equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”

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