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Friday 30th May 2014
University of Birmingham

Keynote speaker: Professor Jeff McMahan

The Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the University of Birmingham is pleased to announce a one-day conference on the ethics of war and intervention. Papers on any aspect of the ethics of war, conflict and intervention will be considered. We particularly welcome papers which speak to the work of Jeff McMahan, and those which speak to some aspect of the ‘security threats’ sub-strand of the IAS’s current ‘Saving Humans’ research theme (for which, please see the link below).

The IAS works to foster inter-disciplinary engagement, and wide-ranging academic partnerships. We therefore encourage papers with cross-disciplinary reach and significance, and from scholars of all levels. Reasonable travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed for accepted speakers.

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words by 21st March 2014 to ias (at)

The conference is free of charge. However, space at the conference is limited, and registration is required. To register, please go to the-institute-of-advanced-studies-saving-humans-tickets-10506843251.

Public lecture:
Following the conference, at 5pm, Jeff McMahan will deliver a public lecture, entitled ‘The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention: With Comments on Syria’. This will be held at The Barber Institute of Fine Art. Admission to this event is also free, but due to anticipated demand, early registration is strongly advised. To register for the lecture, please go to ts-on-syria-professor-jeff-mcmahan-tickets-10486819359.

Contact for inquiries: Jeremy Williams (j.s.williams (at)


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