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Justice and Migration - Michael Blake
Michael Blake: Justice and Migration
What are the limits to the state's right to exclude non-citizens? Professor Michael Blake talks to Global Policy about how ethics and political theory can help us understand the current refugee crisis. Michael Blake is a Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Governance at the University of Washington. Until 2016, he was the Director of the UW's Program on Values in Society. He received his bachelor degree in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from Stanford University. He obtained some legal training at Yale Law School, before running away to become a philosopher. He is jointly appointed to the Department of Philosophy and to the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs.
This event brought together an esteemed panel of experts to discuss and engage with the contemporary trend towards the growth of private military contractors (PMCs) and its implications. The speakers on the panel adopted a substantively diverse range of theoretical approaches, methodologies and empirical focus, including but not limited to the changing role of the state, the regulatory challenges posed by PMCs, ethical considerations in the deployment of PMC.
Health rights in (against?) the global marketplace with Ted Schrecker
Ted Schrecker discusses health rights in the global marketplace
Over the past few decades, reorganisation of production and finance across multiple national borders has been accompanied, and often driven, by restructuring of social relationships around the primacy of the market. The consequences have been described by the editor of Le Monde Diplomatique as an ‘inequality machine [that] is reshaping the planet’. That reshaping redistributes opportunities to lead a healthy life (the social determinants of health), and at the same time affects the prospects of political coalitions in support of reducing health disparities. Against this background, the human rights frame of reference is especially valuable as a direct challenge to neoliberal orthodoxy, grounded in the generic commitment to what historical sociologist Margaret Somers has called ‘the right to have rights’ independent of the market.
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