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Workshop on Self-Defence and National-Defence
Humanities Research Institute
University of Sheffield, 19th June 2009

10.00 – 10.30 – Registration and Coffee
10.30 – 11.45 – Suzanne Uniacke (Hull)
11.45 – 12.15 – Tea and Coffee
12.15 – 13.30 – Helen Frowe (Sheffield)
13.30 – 14.30 – Lunch
14.30 – 15.45 – Gerald Lang (Leeds)
15.45 – 16.15 – Tea and Coffee
16.15 – 17.30 – Gerhard Øverland (CAPPE, Melbourne)

Just war theorists have often drawn an analogy between war and self-defence in order to understand the moral foundations of a permission to kill during wartime. A standard view is that defensive wars are just because, much like individuals have the right to defend themselves against attack, states have the right to defend themselves against aggression from other states. Some accounts hold that war is the collective exercising of individual rights of defence.

Others argue that nations themselves have rights – of territorial and political sovereignty – that they may lethally defend. Recent literature has questioned both the nature of this relationship between individual rights and state rights, and existence of the relationship itself. This workshop, part of a series of events on just war theory to be held at Sheffield, will address these issues. There will be a registration fee of about £20.00, to include lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Those wishing to participate should email Helen Frowe (, indicating whether they plan to attend dinner in the evening.

The Humanities Research Institute is located in the Douglas Knoop Centre on Gell Street in Sheffield:
This event is sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust.


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