Mathias Risse

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My 2012 book On Global Justice presents a view of how principles of justice apply at the global level. A crucial component of my view is that there are multiple grounds of justice. That is, for different populations there are different features that render principles of (distributive) justice applicable. Principles of (distributive) justice I take to be principles that state which members in the relevant population have a particular stringent claim to a relative or absolute share of something. To recognize multiple grounds in a theory of global justice means an overall view of justice at the global level will emerge from inquiries into what different grounds there are, and what the respective principles of justice are that apply to them. On Global Justice introduces altogether five such grounds and the associated principles. These grounds are shared membership in a state; common humanity; shared membership in the global order; shared involvement with the global trading system; and humanity’s collective ownership of the earth. This book has generated numerous follow-up questions which quite likely add up to a follow-up volume. These questions concern both the foundations of the view of justice I develop in On Global Justice and the development of topics within the confines of the view presented (that is, normally an expansion on the kind of work On Global Justice does with one particular ground of justice). On Global Justice was called The Grounds of Justice for much of the time that it was in preparation. Quite possibly, these follow-up projects will eventually add up to a book that would then likely be called The Grounds of Justice. The following pieces are worth sharing at this stage; a number of others are currently in progress.

1.      Introducing Pluralist Internationalism: An Alternative Approach to Questions of Global Justice

2.      Common Ownership of the Earth Revisited

3.      Taking up Space: Theorizing Territorial Rights, the Justification of Rights and Immigration from a Global Standpoint

4.      Thinking about Justice

5.      On the Significance of Humanity’s Collective Ownership of the Earth for Immigration

6.      Three Images of Trade: On the Place of Trade Within a Theory of Global Justice (with Gabriel Wollner)

7.      Critical Notice of Aaron James, Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy (with Gabriel Wollner; this is the penultimate version of a piece that has since appeared in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy)

8.      The Human Right to Water and Common Ownership of the Earth (penultimate version of a paper forthcoming in the Journal of Political Philosophy)

9.      From Third World to First – What’s Next? Singapore’s Obligations to the Rest of the World from a Human Rights Perspective (a speech given during my time as Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore, not directly developing themes from On Global Justice but written in its spirit)


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