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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Ethical Responsibilities toward Forced Migrants as a Framework for Advocacy

David Hollenbach, S.J., and Elizabeth King, Esq., Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice
Location:  24 Quincy Road, Boisi Center
Time: 12:00-1:15 pm

The colloquium will discuss a conference recently sponsored in Nairobi, Kenya by the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice. The conference addressed key ethical issues arising in efforts to respond to the plight of refugees and internally displaced people in Africa, and responses that can guide the policies and decisions of both governments and non-governmental agencies, such as Catholic Relief Service, the Jesuit Refugee Service, and others.

David Hollenbach, S.J. is the Margaret O'Brien Flatley Professor of Theology at Boston College, and founding Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. His research interests are in the foundation of Christian social ethics, particularly in the areas of the human rights, theory of justice, the common good, and the role of religion in social and political life. He also teaches periodically at Hekima College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya. Among his many publications are The Global Face of Public Faith: Politics, Human Rights, and Christian Ethics (2003), ad The Common Good and Christian Ethics (2002). Professor Hollenbach holds a Ph.D. in religious ethics from Yale University, an M.A. and Ph.L. in Philosophy from St. Louis University, and a B.S. in Physics from St. Joseph's University.

Elizabeth Ludwin King is Executive Director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice. Her research interests include satisfying the many goals of truth commissions and war crimes tribunals, the responsibilities a government inherits upon declaring a situation "genocide," and the current state of international law as a binding norm. She has extensive experience in the field of international human rights, and her chapter on "Trials and Truth Commissions in Argentina and El Salvador" is published in Accountability for Atrocities: National and International Responses, edited by Jane E. Stromseth (2003). Ms. King holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A from Duke University.