University of Bergen
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    On subsistence and human rights
    Dissertation, St. Andrews. 2012.
    The central question I address is whether the inclusion of a right to subsistence among human rights can be justified. The human right to subsistence is conventionally interpreted as a fundamental right to a basic living standard characterized as having access to the material means for subsistence. It is widely thought to entail duties of protection against deprivation and duties of assistance in acquiring access to the material means for subsistence. The inclusion of a right to subsistence amon…Read more
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    The force of the claimability objection to the human right to subsistence
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 44 (1): 1-17. 2014.
    The claimability objection rejects the inclusion of a right to subsistence among human rights because the duties thought to correlate with this right are undirected, and thus it is not claimable. This objection is open to two replies: One denies that claimability is an existence condition on rights. The second suggests that the human right to subsistence actually is claimable. I argue that although neither reply succeeds on the conventional interpretation of the human right to subsistence, an al…Read more
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    Human Rights and the Broken World
    Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche. 2014.
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    Justifying International Legal Human Rights
    Ethics and International Affairs 30 (4): 483-490. 2016.
    In The Heart of Human Rights, Allen Buchanan emphasizes the distinction between moral human rights (MHRs) on the one hand and international legal human rights (ILHRs) on the other. MHRs are the moral rights held universally by all humans simply in virtue of being human. ILHRs are the legal rights of international practice, which are articulated in the United Nations’ International Bill of Rights and related legal documents. One of the most controversial aspects of Buchanan’s account of human rig…Read more
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    Remedial Responsibility for Severe Poverty: Justice or Humanity?
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 34 (1): 89-98. 2017.
    Remedial responsibility is the prospective responsibility to assist those in great need. With tens of millions of people worldwide suffering from severe poverty, questions about the attribution of remedial responsibility and the nature of the relevant duties of assistance are among the most pressing of our time. This article concerns the question of whether remedial responsibility for severe poverty is a matter of justice or of humanity. I discuss three kinds of situation in which an agent owes …Read more