Research seminar: Ought human rights to be promoted through global governance in the name of peacebuilding?

In this seminar, Kristoffer Lidén would like to invite discussion on this question, situating it in the philosophy of world politics. Lidén is currently affiliated with the Human Rights and Peacebuilding project, in an effort at turning his PhD dissertation on The Ethics of Liberal Peacebuilding and the Philosophy of Global Governance into a book manuscript.


To register for this seminar with, no later than august 27th 2017, 7pm.

13:30-13:50 Presentation by Kristoffer Lidén
13:50-15:00 Discussion on basis of the circulated paper (the paper will be send to you upon registration)


The ethical justification of the global liberal peacebuilding governance exercised through international peace operations over the past two decades relies on the theoretical premises of liberal internationalism of a certain solidarist kind. This position lies at the heart of contemporary debates in political philosophy on sovereignty and intervention, making the ethics of liberal peacebuilding key to the advancement of this debate. Before the debate is introduced, the ethical problem of promoting human rights through peacebuilding will be schematically situated within the general strands of liberalism, Marxism, realism, nationalism, internationalism and cosmopolitanism in the philosophy of world politics.  


Kristoffer Lidén is a Senior researcher at PRIO and Coordinator of the PRIO Research Group on Law and Ethics. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oslo, with a dissertation on the ethics of liberal peacebuilding and the philosophy of global governance. He has also studied Sociology, Anthropology, International Relations and an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies, and coordinated the Research School on Peace and Conflict 2011-2017. His research and publications centre on the ethics of international affairs, with a focus on the fields of security, humanitarianism, peacebuilding and new technologies. Ongoing research includes the politics and ethics of security technology, risk governance, extremism, humanitarian governance and the protection of civilians. Lidén has initiated, coordinated and worked on several EU funded projects, and is leading a Work Package on the Ethics, Law and Human rights in SOURCE: Virtual Centre of Excellence on Societal Security in Europe. He also coordinates a Research Group on Digital Matters in the Nordic Centre of Excellence on Security Technology and Societal Values, and is an active member of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies.

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