Professorship of the Cluster of Excellence – International Political Theory (Prof. Dr. Darrel Moellendorf)

The cluster professorship is located at the interface between political science and philosophy, and concerns itself with phenomena that cross national boundaries. Central themes are: The idea and significance of human dignity in political justifications; the moral value and the right goal of sustainable development; the justification and role of socio-economic rights for human development; the identification of appropriate objectives of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda; the requirements for fair international trade and fair financial regimes; the causes of poverty and global inequality; the fair distribution of obligations to mitigate climate change and the burden of climate adaptation; the identification of appropriate international climate protection regimes; the relevance of geoengineering for climate policy; the justification and practical possibilities of sustainable development through an international tax system; and finally the justification of cross-border solidarity.

The work in the area of normative theories of global justice is based in many ways on empirical analyzes in the areas of politics, economics, law and international relations insofar as the empirical work discusses political problems that cross national boundaries. Starting from these studies, the team examines and reflects upon normativity in transnational policies. Many questions relating to the normative orders that regulate environmental crises require a similar mode of reflexivity and bring additional interdisciplinary questions of the normativity of intergenerational orders into perspective.

Our publications and presentations focused on themes in global justice, global bioethics, human rights, just war theory, and environmental racism. The central results were presented in publications and presentations.

Darrel Moellendorf has written about how a war can be brought to a just end, as well as whether a state can limit the emigration of citizens whose medical education it has funded. Daniel Callies also published on the topic of limiting the emigration of citizens whose medical education was financed by the state. Eszter Kolllár has written on Justice, Immigration, and Global Equal Opportunities. And Merten Reglitz published an article on Kant, global poverty and justice. Daniel Hammer has made an international presentation on collective action and self-responsibility. Susanne Börner has made an international presentation on environmental justice. And Brian Milstein gave a lecture on the theory of crisis. All these topics are relevant to the political discussion, and many of the papers published evaluate selected aspects of public policy.

The most important publications of this professorship of the Cluster of Excellence:

Moellendorf, Darrel: “Just Endings”, in: H. Frowe & S. Lazar (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Ethics of War, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Moellendorf, Darrel: “Two Doctrines of Jus ex Bello”, in: Ethics 125:3: 2015, pp. 653-673.

Callies, Daniel: “Brain Drain, Contracts, and Moral Obligation”, in: Moral Philosophy and Politics Vol. 3 No. 1: March 2016, pp. 83–93.

Kollár, Eszter: “Global Equality of Opportunity and Self-determination in the Context of Immigration”, in: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 2016 (published online).

Reglitz, Merten: “A Kantian Argument against World Poverty”, in: European Journal of Political Theory, 2016, (online:

The most important events of this professorship of the Cluster of Excellence:

Workshop on Chris Armstrong’s Manuscript “Justice and Natural Resources”, January 22 2016.

„International Workshop on the Ethics and Economics of Climate Change”, March 3-4 2016.

Frankfurt-Ottawa Workshop “Normative Perspectives on Labour Immigration”, June 6, 2016.

Arguing for Equality - ‘Author meets Critics’ workshop and Political Egalitarianism - Public Lecture by John Baker, December 19-20, 2016.

Lecture Series “Der Wert der Natur” organized in cooperation with ISOE and Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, December 2016-January 2017.


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