Ethics of War and Peace Conference

United States Military Academy, New York

11-12 October, 2019

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles which officially ended World War One.  The treaty is infamous for failing to resolve the conflict and setting the stage for World War Two.  As the United States struggles to find resolutions to its two longest wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we will gather to examine the theme, "How to End a War: Peace, Justice, and Repair."  This topic incorporates the issue of jus post bellum: justice in settlements, punishments, and reparations.  However, the theme is broader than typical jus post bellum discussions, involving general social and political issues including reconciliation, forgiveness, tolerance, memorialization, moral injury and repair.


Invited speakers for the conference include:

Nir Eisikovits, Associate Professor and Director of the Applied Ethics Center, University of Massachusetts Boston.  Author of A Theory of Truces (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2015) and Sympathizing with the Enemy: Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Negotiation (Brill-Nijhoff/RoL, 2009).  

Catherine Lu, Professor of Political Science, McGill University.  Author of Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

LTC Daniel Maurer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Law, United States Military Academy.  Fellow at the Modern War Institute.

Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science, Notre Dame University.  Author of Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation. 

Darrel Moellendorf, Professor of International Political Theory and Professor of Philosophy, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University.  Author or editor of numerous books on global justice and several groundbreaking articles on justice and ending a war.

Colleen Murphy, Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy and Political Science, and Director of Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Author of The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press, 2010).  

Linda Radzik, Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University.  Author of Making Amends: Atonement in Morality, Law, and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2009).

David Rodin, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for the Ethics of Law Armed Conflict.  Author of War and Self-Defense (Oxford University Press, 2002).

Nancy Sherman, University Professor, Georgetown University.  Author of numerous books including Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of Our Soldiers (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Lisa Tessman, Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University.  Author of Moral Failure: On the Impossible Demands of Morality (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Burdened Virtues: Virtue Ethics for Liberatory Struggles (Oxford University Press, 2005).


The Conference on the Ethics of War and Peace brings together undergraduate students, cadets, officers, scholars, and interested civilians to discuss urgent ethical issues pertaining to the use of military force. The conference aims to create a constructive and open discussion of matters of great public interest that bridges the boundaries between civilians, officers, academics, and practitioners.


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