Professor Michael Blake: Migration, Justice, and Mercy

Professor Michael Blake: Migration, Justice, and Mercy
Event Date
Anne Galbraith Boardroom, Durham Law School, 5pm





Much recent work in the philosophical analysis of migration focuses on the issue of justice in migration: what forms of restrictions are contrary to the norms of liberal justice? This question is an important one, but it should not be thought to be the only relevant form of ethical inquiry. I argue that even if states have the right in justice to refuse many would-be migrants, they are also constrained by norms of mercy to open their borders to a number of those migrants. The precise character of the ethical constraint, though, matters, and the norms of mercy allow the introduc6on of categories and dis6nc6ons that would be out of place in a conversation centred on justice.


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