Ethics & International Affairs Volume 35.4 (Winter 2021)

Jan 4, 2022

The editors of Ethics & International Affairs are pleased to present the Winter 2021 issue of the journal!

The issue features a book symposium organized by Michael Blake on Anna Stilz's Territorial Sovereignty, with contributions from Adom Getachew; Christopher Heath Wellman; and Michael Blake, and a reply by Anna Stilz. Additionally, the issue includes a feature article from an international group of scholars led by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, which examines the ethics of vaccine nationalism and makes a case for the fair priority for residents (FPR) framework. The team of authors includes Allen Buchanan, Shuk Ying Chan, Cécile Fabre, Daniel Halliday, R. J. Leland, Florencia Luna, Matthew S. McCoy, Ole F. Norheim, G. Owen Schaefer, Kok-Chor Tan, and Christopher Heath Wellman. The issue also contains a review essay by Mollie Gerver on refugee policy, and book reviews by Jonathan Todres, Markus Fraundorfer, and Vivienne Jabri.


Unwanted Compatriots: Alienation, Migration, and Political Economy
Michael Blake
In Territorial Sovereignty: A Philosophical Exploration, Anna Stilz argues that legitimate political authority requires the actual—rather than hypothetical—consent of the governed. This essay argues, however, that her analysis of that consent is inconsistent, in the weight it ascribes to the felt desire to refrain from doing politics with some particular group of people.

The State's Imperial Shadows
Adom Getachew
This essay seeks to consider Anna Stilz's Territorial Sovereignty in light of settler and nonsettler colonialism and their contemporary legacies. In particular, it examines the intergenerational claims of Indigenous communities and the extraterritorial claims of colonial and neocolonial subjects.

Do Legitimate States Have a Right to Do Wrong?
Christopher Heath Wellman
This essay critically assesses Anna Stilz's argument in Territorial Sovereignty that legitimate states have a right to do wrong. Wellman concedes that individuals enjoy a claim against external interference when they commit suberogatory acts, but denies that the right to do wrong extends to acts that would violate the rights of others.

Reply to My Critics
Anna Stilz
In this essay, Anna Stilz replies to the concerns raised by Michael Blake, Adom Getachew, and Christopher Heath Wellman.


On the Ethics of Vaccine Nationalism: The Case for the Fair Priority for Residents Framework
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Allen Buchanan, Shuk Ying Chan, Cécile Fabre, Daniel Halliday, R. J. Leland, Florencia Luna, Matthew S. McCoy, Ole F. Norheim, G. Owen Schaefer, Kok-Chor Tan, Christopher Heath Wellman
What are the ethical limits to vaccine nationalism? In this article, Ezekiel J. Emanuel and coauthors propose the fair priority for residents (FPR) framework, in which governments can retain COVID-19 vaccine doses for their residents only to the extent that they are needed to maintain a noncrisis level of mortality while they are implementing reasonable public health interventions.


Helping Refugees Where They Are [OPEN ACCESS]
Mollie Gerver
In the context of refugees, many claim it is not politically feasible to start admitting significantly more refugees into wealthy countries. This review essay argues that there are good reasons to suppose increasing refugees’ admissions to wealthy states is politically feasible, if we account for the ways citizens in wealthy states are harmed when refugees are not admitted, and for the ways citizens are harmed when immigration enforcement prevents refugees from arriving.


A Magna Carta for Children? Rethinking Children's Rights
Michael Freeman
Review by Jonathan Todres
Michael Freeman offers a cogent, authoritative survey and assessment of the history and current state of children’s rights in his recent book A Magna Carta for Children? Rethinking Children's Rights.

New Pandemics, Old Politics: Two Hundred Years of War on Disease and Its Alternatives
Alex de Waal
Review by Markus Fraundorfer
Written for a general audience, Alex de Waal's New Pandemics, Old Politics explores why in the twenty-first century responses to infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics continue to be guided by an outdated script.

Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities
Mahmood Mamdani
Review by Vivienne Jabri
Mahmood Mamdani's new book, Neither Settler nor Native, examines the shaping of political community in the aftermath of colonialism. The technology of colonial rule, namely indirect rule and its juridical manifestation in customary law, comes into sharp relief.

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