Ethics and Public Policy Conference

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG
Open to the public
This event is free - register to attend
June 2019

This conference celebrates the publication of The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy edited by Annabelle Lever and Andrei Poama, which explores questions such as:

  • What does it mean to do public policy ethics today?
  • How should philosophers engage with ethical issues in policy-making when policy decisions are circumscribed by political and pragmatic concerns?
  • How do ethical issues in public policy differ between areas such as foreign policy, criminal justice, or environmental policy?

The conference features a number of authors and key themes from the book, as well as related issues of urgent public concern where a philosophical approach can help us consider how such issues should be addressed.

Enquiries to Jonathan Wolff


6 June

10.30 Registration

11.00 Introduction

11.15 Methods
Jonathan Wolff, Oxford, ‘Applied philosophy and engaged philosophy’
Jeff Howard, UCL, ‘The debates worth having’

12.15 Lunch

1.15 Discrimination
Daniel Putnam, Dartmouth, ‘Disability’
Omar Khan, Runnymede Trust, ‘Race’
Lois McNay, Oxford, 'Frankfurt School and gender'

3.00 Tea

3.30 Migration and the Family
Helder de Schutter, KU Leuven, ‘Territoriality and personality: concepts and normative considerations’
Iseult Honohan, University College Dublin 'Territory and descent: birthright citizenship today’

4.45 Tax and Finance
Ira Lindsay, Surrey ‘Taxation’

Clément Fontan, UC Louvain, ‘Financial and monetary ethics ten years after Lehman Brothers’

6.00 Close for day

7 June

9.15 Regulation and Civil Society
Carissa Veliz, Oxford, ‘The conflict between security and privacy post-9/11’

Petar Bojanic, Belgrade, ‘Policing’

10.30 Break

11.00 Justice
Stuart White, Oxford, 'What's wrong with welfare conditionality?'
Nick Cowen, NYU, ‘Is basic income a unicorn?’

Andrew Walton, Newcastle, ‘Justice and trade’

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Structural Injustice 1
Annabelle Lever, Sciences Po, ‘Structural injustice and democracy’
Maeve McKeown, Oxford, ‘Power and structural injustice in the global garment industry’

3.15 Break

3.45 Structural Injustice 2
Andrei Poama, Leiden, ‘Sanctioning disadvantage? Social injustice and the state's authority to punish’

Jude Browne, Cambridge, 'Structural injustice and the public interest'

5.00 Close