Ethics & International Affairs Volume 32.2 (Summer 2018)

Jun 8, 2018

We are pleased to present the Summer 2018 issue of Ethics & International Affairs!

This issue contains essays by Lea Ypi on the importance of social class in debates about migration, Jennifer L. Tobin on international investment agreements and "regulatory chill," and Cristina Cielo and Lisset Coba on the intersection of gender and disease in extractive economies; features by Gregory M. Reichberg and Henrik Syse on the ethics of threats in international relations and Alasia Nuti on the structural injustices that characterize temporary labor migration within the EU; review essays by Cian O'Driscoll on contemporary just war thinking and Emma S. Norman on a global water ethic; and book reviews by Margaret M. deGuzman, Claire Duncanson, Amy E. Eckert, and Mary Ellen O'Connell.


Borders of Class: Migration and Citizenship in the Capitalist State
Lea Ypi

In this essay, Lea Ypi defends the relevance of social class in migration debates. In contrast to both defenders and critics of freedom of movement, she argues that borders have always been (and will continue to be) open for some and closed for others.

The Social Cost of International Investment Agreements: The Case of Cigarette Packaging
Jennifer L. Tobin

Jennifer L. Tobin argues in this essay that international investment agreements impinge on states' domestic regulatory sovereignty in unforeseen ways, and that these hidden social costs are normatively problematic.

Extractivism, Gender, and Disease: An Intersectional Approach to Inequalities
Cristina Cielo and Lisset Coba
Cristina Cielo and Lisset Coba draw on the case of the refinery city Esmeraldas, Ecuador, to show how extractive economies exacerbate the "illness-poverty trap" as well as gendered disparities.


Threats and Coercive Diplomacy: An Ethical Analysis [Full text]
Gregory M. Reichberg and Henrik Syse

Threats of armed force are frequently employed in international affairs, yet they have received little ethical scrutiny in their own right. This article addresses that deficit by examining how threats, taken as a speech act, require distinctive moral assessment.

Temporary Labor Migration within the EU as Structural Injustice
Alasia Nuti

Temporary labor migration (TLM) constitutes a significant trend of migration movements within the European Union, yet it has received scant attention in normative migration debates. By drawing on Iris Marion Young's conception of structural injustice, this paper analyzes the injustice of TLM within the EU.


The Irony of Just War
Cian O'Driscoll

This review essay examines a series of benchmark books on the ethics of war published over the past year. All three grapple with the hard facts of modern violent conflict, and they all skillfully bring diverse traditions of just war thinking into conversation with one another.

Toward a Global Water Ethic: Learning from Indigenous Communities
Emma S. Norman

Emma S. Norman draws on three important new contributions to the water governance literature to suggest that insights from indigenous communities' more holistic and long-term relationship with water could help advance the adoption of a new global water ethic.

REVIEWS [All full text]

International Criminal Tribunals: A Normative Defense
Larry May and Shannon Fyfe

Review by Margaret M. deGuzman
Larry May and Shannon Fyfe take up a wide range of critiques that scholars and others have leveled at international criminal tribunals and argue that although most have some validity, none are fatal to the enterprise of international criminal justice.

Gender, UN Peacebuilding, and the Politics of Space: Locating Legitimacy
Laura J. Shepherd
Review by Claire Duncanson

Through rigorous and rich discourse analysis, Laura J. Shepherd interrogates not only how the UN understands peacebuilding itself but also how it understands gender, women, and civil society.

Just War Thinkers: From Cicero to the 21st Century
Daniel R. Brunstetter and Cian O'Driscoll, eds.
Review by Amy E. Eckert

This volume provides an overview of the development of just war thinking over the centuries through a series of contextualized snapshots of individuals whose work has contributed to the development of the just war tradition in some way.

The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World
Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro
Review by Mary Ellen O'Connell

In this book, Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro investigate the history, nature, and impact of the international legal prohibition on the use of force, focusing on the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

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