Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Collective Responsibility and International Relations

Date: April 24 - 26, 2008

Organizers: Véronique Zanetti (Bielefeld), Doris Gerber (Tübingen)

The workshop brought together philosophers, political scientists, economists and jurists to discuss various theoretical and practical problems of collective responsibility in the complex context of international relations. The stimulating papers and lively discussions were characterized by the agreement that states and confederations of states as well as corporations should be held morally and/or politically and/or criminally responsible for their deeds and omissions. Different proposals for how this conviction could be transmitted into theoretical conceptions and political practice were discussed, and one outstanding example of a failure to take responsibility was mentioned several times, namely the role of the UN during the genocide in Rwanda.

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