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February 13, 2018

Nicole Hassoun, Associate Professor and co-director of Binghamton's Institute for Justice and Well-Being, will give a lecture on "Human Rights, Hope, and the Minimally Good Life" on Tuesday, February 13th from 11:30AM to 1:00PM in Student Wing 112.  Lunch will be provided.  RSVP: online@binghamton.

February 9, 2018

Colloquium with Stefan Gosepath, Freie Universitat Berlin, from 3:00–5:00PM in UUW 324.

February 7, 2018

Jenn Dum, SPEL PhD student and IASH Fellows' Speaker, will be presenting "Educational Justice and Relational Goods" on Wednesday, February 7th at 12PM in the IASH Conference Room (LN 1106). This presentation will argue that relational educational goods are a function of the social aims of education, the internal educational process itself, and the structural position of education. Furthermore, such relational educational goods—for example, the ability to empathize—are goods realized within relations, and thus are not something that can or should be distributed on comparative terms. Educational justice, accordingly, needs to account not only for the comparative goods of distributive justice, but also for relational goods.

March 16, 2018

Colloquium with David Pizarro, Cornell University, from 3:00–5:00PM in UUW 324.

April 20, 2018

Colloquium with Distinguished Speaker Thomas E. Hill, Jr., University of North Carolina, from 3:00-5:00PM in the IASH Conference Room, LN 1106.


Past Events


November 8

Max Pensky, professor of philosophy and co-director of Binghamton's Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, presented "Is the Battle Against Impunity Worth Winning?" from 3-5PM on Wednesday, November 8 in UU-Old Union Hall. He took up the issue of the purpose and future prospects of international criminal law. Since the mid-1990s, international criminal law has gained dramatically in profile, prestige and influence, culminating in the advent of international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court. In the policies and practices of the United Nations and the larger international human rights organizations, a new norm of anti-impunity has emerged in tandem with these new international institutions. Battling impunity, resisting a culture of impunity or closing the "impunity gap" has become a near-universal goal of international human rights efforts. But what is impunity, and why is it bad enough to justify the project of continuing and expanding international criminal justice? Pensky argues that a narrow conception of the battle against impunity - punishing perpetrators of serious international crimes - is inadequate to justify a future for international criminal law. A broader conception - providing accountability - is currently too vague to be of real help. Pensky offered a more precise conception of accountability based in deliberation, the public giving and taking of reasons.

November 4

Law-Breaking and Theories of Resistance, a conference organized by SPEL graduate students, took place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Binghamton University's Downtown Center (UDC). More information is available on the conference website.

October 20

Colloquium with Chris Essert, Queen's University, Faculty of Law, from 3:00–5:00PM in UUW 324.

September 29

Colloquium with Richard Eldridge, Swarthmore College, in the IASH Conference Room, LN 1106, 3:00-5:00PM.

September 13

Courtney Miller will be giving a talk entitled "The Social Location of the Victim/Survivor of Sexual Assault" on Wednesday, September 13 at 12:00PM in the IASH Conference Room (LN-1106). All are welcome.

September 8

Colloquium with Kate Manne, Cornell University, from 3:00–5:00PM in UUW 324.



May 26

On Thursday, May 26, there was a morning workshop with Simon Caney (Oxford) on parts of his new book manuscript on global justice and an afternoon session with Henry Shue (Oxford) on his latest work on climate justice.

April 14

The Philosophy, Politics & Law program (PPL) brought Andy Altman from Georgia State as its 2016 annual PPL Scholar. He gave a campus-wide talk on Thursday, April 14 on international law and the targeted killing of terrorists.

April 2

The 2nd Annual Nietzsche in the Northeast Conference took place at the Downtown Center on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd, 2016.


Last Updated: 2/8/18