Workshop: Climate Change and Corrective Justice

10-11th June 2019, Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm.

Organizers: Paul Bowman and Göran Duus-Otterström.



10 June
9.15-9.45 Coffee
9.45-10 Welcome
10-11 Paul Bowman (IFFS), "The relevance of motivations to wrongdoing for contributing to climate change" ● Discussant: Alex McLaughlin (University of Reading)
11-12 Megan Blomfield (University of Sheffield), "Climate responsibilities and background injustice" ● Discussant: Laura Garcia Portela (KFU Graz)
12-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.30 Ed Page (University of Warwick), “Unjust Enrichment” ● Discussant: Rudolf Schüßler (University of Bayreuth)
14.30-15.30 Alex McLaughlin (University of Reading), "Collapsing the Argument from Historical Responsibility for Climate Change" ● Discussant: Steve Vanderheiden (University of Colorado Boulder)
15.30-16 Coffee Break
16-17 Clare Heyward (University of Tromsø), "Is the Beneficiary Pays Principle Redundant" ● Discussant: Stephen Gardiner (University of Washington)
17-18 Julia Mosquera (IFFS), "Climate change and the ethics of compensation" ● Discussant: Joachim Wündisch ( University of Düsseldorf)
19-21 Dinner
11 June
9.30-10 Coffee

10-11 Rudolf Schüßler (University of Bayreuth) , "Beneficiary Pays and the Distinction between Primary and Secondary Principles of Corrective Justice” ● Discussant: Axel Gosseries (UC Louvain)
11-12 Steve Vanderheiden (University of Colorado Boulder), "Climate Change, Corrective Justice, and Sustainable Transitions" ● Discussant: Ed Page (University of Warwick)
12-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.30 Laura Garcia Portela (KFU Graz), "Qualifying corrective climate justice: the structural and normative significance of historical emissions" ● Discussant: Julia Mosquera (IFFS)
14.30-15.30 Joachim Wündisch ( University of Düsseldorf) , "Towards a non-ideal theory of climate migration" ● Discussant: Clare Heyward (University of Tromsø)
15.30-16 Coffee Break
16-17 Göran Duus-Otterström (Aarhus University/IFFS), "Does liability for emissions
presuppose a political agreement?" ● Discussant: Megan Blomfield (University of Sheffield)


Description of Workshop Topic:

It is now well-established that unless swift and significant action is taken, climate change will result in serious, adverse impacts to both human and non-human life. It is also well-established that climate change is caused by the activities of humans. These two facts have suggested to many that considerations of corrective justice should play a central role in our theories of climate change justice. Broadly speaking, corrective justice is concerned with the rectification of harms and losses that stem from wrongful or unjust behavior. Corrective justice is often contrasted with (pure) distributive justice, which is concerned with realizing some ideal pattern of goods (though the distinction between corrective and distributive justice is contested). While many theorists have incorporated principles of corrective justice into their conceptions of climate change justice, many important questions in this space remain unaddressed or underexplored. This workshop seeks to help correct this deficiency.