25 January 2018: Philippe Van Parijs on Just Europe

When and where?

  • Date: Thursday 25 January 2018
  • Time: 15:00-17:00
  • Venue: Leiden University, Institute for Philosophy, P.J. Veth Building, Lecture room 1.01 (Nonnensteeg 1-3, 2311 VJ Leiden)

Just Europe and Fair Brexit

Philippe Van Parijs shall start with a number of interpretations of what a ‘fair Brexit’ may mean (sheer symmetry, pacta sunt servanda, qui casse paye, ‘just Europe’, etc.), and then connect this discussion with the discussion on whether justice in Europe should be conceived as cooperative justice between member states or as distributive justice between citizens. It will then address Van Parijs’ own discussion with Rawls on the implications of his Law of Peoples for the European Union.

About the speaker

Philippe Van Parijs studied philosophy, law, political economy, sociology and linguistics at the Université Saint-Louis (Brussels), at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Louvain-La-Neuve, at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Leuven, Oxford, Bielefeld and California (Berkeley). He holds doctorates in the social sciences (Louvain, 1977) and in philosophy (Oxford, 1980).

Van Parijs is professor at the Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), where he directs the Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics since its creation in 1991. He was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Department of Philosophy from 2004 to 2011, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Higher Institute of Philosophy of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven since 2006, and a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, since 2011.

Van Parijs is one of the founders of the Basic Income European Network (BIEN), which became in 2004 the Basic Income Earth Network, and he chairs its International Board. He coordinates the Ethical Forum of the University Foundation. He also coordinates the Pavia Group with Kris Deschouwer and, with Paul De Grauwe, the Re-Bel initiative. He is a member of Belgium’s Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts, of the International Institute of Philosophy, and of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and Fellow of the British Academy. In 2001, he was awarded the Francqui Prize, Belgium’s most generous scientific prize.