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24 May 2012

Workshop: World Poverty

World Poverty, Global Justice, and Humanity

Hosted by the Centre of Advanced Studies "Justitia Amplificata" Goethe University of Frankfurt (funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

Conference Venue

Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Bad Homburg:


Stefan Gosepath and Jesse Tomalty


Elizabeth Ashford (University of St Andrews, Scotland)
Valentin Beck (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
Julian Culp (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
Stefan Gosepath (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
Corinna Mieth (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Jesse Tomalty (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)


10:00-11:30 – Corinna Mieth
11:45-13:15 – Elizabeth Ashford
13:15-14:15 – Lunch
14:15-15:45 – Julian Culp, Valentin Beck
16:00-16:45 – Stefan Gosepath
17:00-18:30 – Jesse Tomalty
19:30 – Dinner @ FKH


In order to register, please contact Ms Valérie Bignon by Monday 14 May at When you register, please specify whether you wish to reserve a place for the workshop dinner.

Workshop description

It is by now a familiar fact that tens of thousands of people around the world die each day from poverty-related causes while millions more struggle to meet their most basic material needs. The living standards of the global poor stand in stark contrast to those of the global rich who enjoy access to wealth which in some cases far exceeds what is required to live comfortably. What are we to make of this situation from a normative standpoint? The aim of this workshop is to bring together a small group of normative theorists working on this topic for an intensive exchange of ideas. Of particular interest are the following questions: What, if anything, do the global rich owe to the global poor? What is the nature of these obligations? Are the obligations of the global rich best understood in terms of rights and justice, or in terms of humanitarian responsibilities?