Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What is wrong about the "criminal mind"?

. . . is my latest piece forthcoming in Northern Ireland Law Quarterly and available here. The abstract:

Retributivists argue for a strong link between a criminal’s mind-set at the time of an offence and our community’s response through punishment. This view claims that punishment can be justified depending on the possession of a criminal mind which can be affected by factors that may affect culpability, such as mitigating factors. Retributivism is a powerful influence on our sentencing practices reflected in policy. This article argues it is based on a mistake about what makes the criminal mind relevant for punishment. It will be argued that a currently popular view of retribution endorsed by Feinberg and Duff – ‘retributivist expressivism’ – incorrectly link punishment to a criminal’s possession of moral responsibility. This is a problem because its absence is no defence to strict liability offences, the largest subset of crimes. It is not a crime’s threat or harm to morals that is most salient, but instead its threat or harm to our rights.

Monday, June 16, 2014

If Holyrood gets more powers, English views on regional parliaments may change

. . . is my latest piece for The Conversation and can be read online here!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New book: "New Waves in Global Justice"

Delighted to see my new edited collection -- New Waves in Global Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) -- is in print! The publisher's blurb:

New Waves in Global Justice brings together the leading future figures in global justice with essays ranging from climate change and global poverty to just war and human rights and immigration. An ideal collection for anyone interested in the most important debates in global justice, as well as those with an interest in the latest significant contributions from the leading new generation of international philosophers working in global justice.


Series Editors' Forward
Notes on contributors
1. Introduction; Thom Brooks
2. The Pursuit of Global Political Justice, or, What's Global Democracy For?; Luis Cabrera
3. Global Poverty and an Extraordinary Humanitarian Intervention; Gerhard Ă˜verland
4. Duties of Whom? States and the Problem of Global Justice; Milla Vaha
5. A Role for Coercive Force in the Theory of Global Justice?; Endre Begby
6. Cosmopolitan Commitments: Coercion, Legitimacy, and Global Justice; Nicole Hassoun
7. Beyond Nussbaum's Capability Approach: Future Generations and the Need for New Ways Forward; Krushil Watene
8. Cultural Injustice and Climate Change; Clare Heyward
9. Moral Grounds of the State Duty of Asylum; Eric Cavallero
10. MigrationMatch.Com: Towards a World Migration Organization?; Patti Tamara Lenard
11. NGO Accountability: The Civil Society Model for NGO-Stakeholder Relationships; Alice Obrecht
12. Global Justice and Global Philosophy; Thom Brooks