Class Schedule & Reading List

Week 1 (13-14 Feb)

Lecture: Introduction. Global Distributive Justice what and why

Lecture: Rawls’ Law of Peoples and his critics (Reading: John Rawls, The Law of Peoples, intro and Part 1.)

Week 2 (20-24 Feb)

Lecture: Rawls’ Law of Peoples and his critics II (Reading: John Rawls, The Law of Peoples, intro and Part 2.)

Seminar: Rawls’ Law of Peoples and his critics. Required readings:

  • Charles Beitz, “Rawls’s Law of Peoples”, Ethics 110, 2000;
  • Martha Nussbaum, “Women and the Law of Peoples” Politics, Philosophy & Economics, Vol 1, Issue 3, pp. 283 – 306.

Week 3 (28 Feb)

Guest Lecture: Prof. Vittorio Bufacchi (University of Cork) , “Historical Injustice and Global Justice”

Week 4 (6-7 Mar)

Seminar: Global Egalitarianism. Readings:

  • Beitz, Charles R. “Justice and International Relations.” Philosophy & Public Affairs, vol. 4, no. 4, 1975, pp. 360–389. JSTOR,
  • Caney, S. (2001), Cosmopolitan Justice and Equalizing Opportunities. Metaphilosophy, 32: 113–134. doi:10.1111/1467-9973.00178

Seminar: The scope of Justice. Readings:

  • Simon Caney, “Humanity, Associations, and Global Justice: In Defence of Humanity-Centered Cosmpolitan Egalitarianism”, The Monist, 94 (2011), pp. 506–534;
  • Andrea Sangiovanni “Global Justice, Reciprocity, and the State,” Philosophy and Public Affairs 35 (2007)

Week 5 (13-14 Mar)

Lecture: Justice and Coercion. (Reading: Thomas Nagel, (2005) “The Problem of Global Justice”, Philosophy & Public Affairs, 33: 113–147)

Seminar: Justice and Coercion. (Reading: BLAKE, M. (2001), Distributive Justice, State Coercion, and Autonomy. Philosophy & Public Affairs, 30: 257–296. doi:10.1111/j.1088-4963.2001.00257.x)

Week 6 (20– 21 Mar)

Lecture: Utilitarianism and resource distribution (Reading: Peter Singer “Famine, Affluence and Morality” Philosophy and Public Affairs, vol. 1, no. 1 (Spring 1972), pp. 229-243)

: Deontological reasoning, consequentialism and rightsRequired readings:

Week 7 (27 – 28 Mar)

Lecture: Human Rights. (Reading: Cohen, Joshua “Minimalism About Human Rights: The Most We Can Hope For?”

Seminar: Toward a theory of human rights. (Reading: SEN, A. (2004), Elements of a Theory of Human Rights. Philosophy & Public Affairs, 32: 315–356. doi:10.1111/j.1088-4963.2004.00017.x)

Week 8 (10 Apr)

Special lecture: A guide to essay writing for the Global Justice exam. 

Week 9 (11 Apr)


Lecture: Just War theory and Humanitarian Intervention. (Reading: Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars (Basic Books), sections).

Week 10 (17-18 Apr):

Seminar: Just war theory and human rights. ( ReadingLuban, David. “Just War and Human Rights.” Philosophy & Public Affairs, vol. 9, no. 2, 1980, pp. 160–181. JSTOR, JSTOR,

Seminar: Just War Theory and terrorism. Readings: 

  • Walzer, Terrorism and Just War, Philosophia (2006) 34:3–12, DOI 10.1007/s11406-006-9004-1
  • Talal Asad, Thinking about terrorism and just war, Cambridge Review of International Affairs Volume 23, 2010 – Issue 1

Week 11 (24 Apr) 

Lecture: Global Justice and natural resources. (Reading: Wenar, Leif “Property Rights and the Resource Curse”, Philosophy & Public Affairs (2008), Volume 36, Issue 1, pages 2–32).

Week 12 (2 May) – Lecture

Seminar: Global Justice and natural resources. (Reading: Margaret Moore, “Natural Resources, Territorial Right, and Global Distributive Justice”, Political Theory February 2012, 40: 84-107)

Week 13 (8- 9 May)

Lecture: Global Justice and migration. (Reading: BAUBÖCK, RAINER. “Global Justice, Freedom of Movement and Democratic Citizenship.” European Journal of Sociology  vol. 50, no. 1, 2009, pp. 1–31).

Seminar: Global justice and migration. (Reading: Ypi, L. (2008), Justice in Migration: A Closed Borders Utopia?*. Journal of Political Philosophy, 16: 391–418. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9760.2008.00326.x).


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