Bucharest Workshop in Military Ethics

The Research Center in Applied Ethics (CCEA) and Uehiro Center of Practical Ethics (Oxford) are organizing the first edition of the Bucharest Workshop in Military Ethics, through the Erasmus Plus program. Our guests and speakers are Seumas Miller, Michael Robillard, Shunzo Majima and Emilian Mihailov.

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, 23rd May 2019
Titu Maiorescu Amphitheatre

Program

16.00 – 16.45 Seumas Miller (University of Oxford), National Security Intelligence Collection:
The Just Intelligence Model

16.45 – 17.30 Michael Robillard (University of Oxford), Counter-Terrorism and the Ethics of
Weaponized Narrative

17.30 – 18.15 Shunzo Majima (Hiroshima University), Ethics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons
Systems

18.15 – 19.00 Emilian Mihailov (University of Bucharest), The Problem of Personal Force:
Remote Killing and Human Agency

Speakers- Short Bio

Professor Seumas Miller is a senior research fellow in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. He also has research appointments at TU Delft (The Hague) and Charles Sturt University (Canberra) – in the Cooperative Research Centre in Cybersecurity. He is currently the principal investigator on a European Research Council Advanced Grant on global terrorism and collective responsibility. He is the author or coauthor of 200 academic articles and of 20 books, including Moral Foundations of Social Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Shooting to Kill: The Ethics of Police and Military Use of Lethal Force (Oxford University Press, 2016), Institutional Corruption: A Study in Applied Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Dual Use Science and Technology, Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction (Springer, 2018).

Dr. Michael Robillard is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2016. Prior to that, he was a resident research fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy. His research focuses on a variety of philosophical topics to include: collective responsibility and global terrorism, the ethics of military recruitment, autonomous weapons, soldier enhancement, war and its relationship to future generations, and veteran/civil dialogues. Michael is an Iraq War veteran, a West Point graduate, and a former Airborne Ranger. He also runs a podcast called Homo Furens: A Podcast About War & Society with Bob Underwood.

Shunzo Majima is an associate professor at Hiroshima University. His main research interests are complex systems, science education, educational technology, politics, and international relations. He published many papers, including “Ethics of Hostage Taking”(Ethics in Biology, Engineering, and Medicine, 2015), “Just Torture?” (Journal of Military Ethics, 2012), “Civilian Protection as Political Rhetoric? : A Case of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” (The Annual Report on Cultural Science, 2009). He is now a councilor for the Japan Association for the Contemporary and Applied Philosophy and editor-in-chief for the Journal of Applied Ethics and Philosophy.

Emilian Mihailov is the Executive Director of the Research Centre in Applied Ethics (CCEA) and a lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch, and visiting researcher at Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. Among Emilian’s research interests are neuroethics, moral psychology, Kantian ethics, analytic moral philosophy, applied ethics, and the evolution of morality. Currently, he is working on the implications of experimental moral psychology and neuroscience for normative and applied ethics.

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