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The Centre is currently hosting several academic event series:

A Visiting Speaker seminar series

July 8th, 2021 – Cristián Rettig (Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile) – ‘Towards an action-guiding theory of human rights’


  • May 27th, 2021 - Hannah Carnegy-Arbuthnott (University of York) – ‘The institutional point of self-ownership’
  • April 22nd, 2021 – Gopal Sreenivasan (Duke University) – ‘The moral independence of legal human rights’
  • March 25th, 2021 – Rima Basu (Claremont McKenna College) – ‘Normative expectations’
  • December 4th, 2020 – Meena Krishnamurthy (Queen’s University, Ontario) - “Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development”. 


A work-in-progress workshop series

June 17th, 2021 – Pietro Intropi (TCD) – ‘Self-ownership and reciprocity’

February 25th, 2021 – Jesse Spafford (TCD) – ‘Radical Left-Libertarianism: The Solution to the Self-Ownership Thesis' Pollution Problem'

Collaborative events:

The Centre has so far collaborated with other associations for joint events and welcomes proposals for future collaborations.


1st workshop of the REAL project – ‘Human rights and equality’ – June 7-8, 2021, on Zoom

The kinds of justification or ground most commonly offered for human rights ca be divided into instrumental and non-instrumental justifications. According to the former, human rights protect valued features of human life; according to the latter, human rights are expressions of our inviolable moral status as persons. Both types of justification have significant limitations; the second one in particular, is arguably plagued by a vicious circularity problem, as several authors have noted: if inviolability is part of the definition of moral status, this seems to express the same idea as rights. In light of these issues, this workshop will explore alternative grounds and evaluations for human rights. In particular, the workshop will consider (basic) equality as a possible ground for human rights and whether it can be understood in a way that is not reducible to either of the grounds mentioned earlier. More generally, the workshop will consider the ways in which human rights and egalitarian commitments may converge or diverge. 
Confirmed speakers: Ian Carter (University of Pavia), Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus University), Gopal Sreenivasan (Duke University),  Jiewuh  Song (Seoul National University), Jesse Tomalty (University of Bergen), Laura Valentini (LMU Munich), Ariel Zylberman (University of Albany, SUNNY)

June 7th
10-11.30- Adina Preda – ‘Justifications of human rights’
11.30-12.30 - Ian Carter – ‘Equality and opacity’
12.30-1.30 – Lunch break
1.30-2.30 – Gopal Sreenivasan -  ‘Human rights and democratic legitimacy’
2.45- 4.15 – Ariel Zylberman - ‘Rights constitutivism’

June 8th
10 – 11.30 – Jiewuh Song – ‘Egalitarian reasons and human rights obligations’
11.30 – 12.30 – Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen – ‘Discrimination and moral equality of persons: Could we oppose the former and not accept the latter?’
12.30 – 1.30 – lunch break
1.30-2.30 – Laura Valentini – ‘On the explanatory dispensability of natural rights’
2.45 – 4.00 – Jesse Tomalty – ‘Discrimination at the border’


From July to September 2020, the Centre hosted an Irish Philosophy work-in-progress series online in collaboration with the Irish Philosophical Society led by Cara Nine (UCC)
Read more on The Irish Philosophical Society website.


Since September 2020, The Centre collaborates with the PSAI Political Theory Specialist Group and a number other centres and departments in Ireland to host the All-Ireland Online Seminar Series in Political Theory.

For any enquires, feel free to contact the Centre Director, Adina Preda
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