The Right to Move?
Debating the Ethics of Global Migration

December 12, 2009 - December 13, 2009
Room 1702, 17th Floor, Building 2, Sophia University


thr right to moveDo people have a right to live where they want? This is one of the fundamental ethical dilemmas of a global society. Is there a fundamental "right to move?" Conversely, how do we justify limiting this right? And how do we conceptualize the ethics of migration generally? Crossing disciplinary boundaries and the border between academia and public life, this conference brings together philosophers, sociologists, political scientists, legal scholars, and policy makers. This will be a two day event with paper presentations and Q/A on the first day and an open-ended roundtable discussion on the second day. This symposium is organized and sponsored by Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture and Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Short essays from the symposium will be published online in a special issue of Policy Innovations, an online journal of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.
Language: English (no translation available)
No registration required

The abstracts of the papers and bios of the speakers can be found at Policy Innovations web site:

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PDF version of the program is available here
December 12 (Sat) Panel Sessions

Welcome and Opening Address 9:15 am -
James Farrer, Director, Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University
Linda Grove, Vice President for International Exchange, Sophia University
Opening Address

Morning Session 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Chaired by Midori Okabe, Sophia University
Devin Stewart, Director, Global Policy Innovations, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Reconciling an Ethical Immigration Policy with the Myth of the Nation-State
Mark Raper, President, Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania Precarious Lives: Involuntary displacement of people in Asia-Pacific today
Mathias Risse, Associate Professor, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University The Capabilities Approach and Collective Ownership of the Earth: An approach to the ethics of immigration
Hiroshi Kimizuka, Deputy Director, General Affairs Division, Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice Japanese Immigration Control Policy and Administration

Early Afternoon Session 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Chaired by Koichi Nakano, Sophia University
Midori Okabe, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Sophia University Managed Migration, Managed Rights?: A comparative study of the European Union and Japan
John Haffner, Author, Japan's Open Future Immigration, Openness and Renewal: A new direction for Japan
Gracia Liu-Farrer, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University Doing Wrong or Not: The case of undocumented Chinese migrants in Japan
Kosaku Yoshino, Professor, Department of Sociology, Sophia University The Englishization of Higher Education in Asia and the Migratory Flows of International Students

Late Afternoon Session 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Chaired by David Wank, Sophia University
Michele Wucker, Executive Director, World Policy Institute Linking Ethics and Self-Interest in Human Mobility
Akihiro Asakawa, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University Is "Borderless-ization" Happy?: The ethical justification of proper management of international migration
Florian Coulmas, Director, Deutsches Institut fur Japanstudien The Ethics of Language Choice
James Farrer, Director, Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University Cosmopolitanism as Virtue: Towards an ethics of global city life

End of day one

December 13 (Sun) Workshop Roundtable Session

Roundtable discussion 10:00-12:30
The workshop is open to the public. We will have a full morning of discussion of the issues brought up in the papers, as well as the issues brought up by audience members following each session. There will be no fixed order of discussion, but an actual roundtable with the authors seated at the table, and any audience members invited to sit in adjacent seating.

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