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'Rights Forfeiture and Liability to Harm' by Dr Massimo Renzo

Posted on 23/03/2017
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Congratulations to Dr Massimo Renzo, whose paper featured in the February edition of the Journal of Political Philosophy.

The paper ‘Rights Forfeiture and Liability to Harm’, discusses individual rights of forfeiture and theories of punishment and self-defence. Dr Renzo explains that many criticisms of the forfeiture theory point to specific problems that adopting it seems to generate, in the context of punishment as well as self-defence. An example of this is the theory’s alleged implication that once the wrongdoers' right not to be killed or not to be punished has been forfeited, we are at liberty to kill them or to punish them for any reason (or even for no reason).

Dr Renzo argues that specific problems like these are not the main problem with the theory, but that the answers it offers to these problems are either incomplete or redundant.

You can read the full journal article here.

The Journal of Political Philosophy is an international journal devoted to the study of theoretical issues arising out of moral, legal and political life. It welcomes, work across a variety of disciplinary concerns, among them philosophy, sociology, history, economics and political science.

 About Dr Massimo Renzo

Dr Massimo Renzo joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in July, 2015 as a Reader in Politics, Philosophy & Law. Previously he was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick and before that, a Lecturer at the York Law School. He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, the universities of Virginia and Arizona, the Centre for Ethics and Public Affairs at the Murphy Institute (Tulane University) and Osgoode Hall’s Nathanson Centre for Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security. Dr Renzo is an affiliated researcher at the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War & Peace and the Honorary Secretary of the Society for Applied Philosophy. He is also one of the editors of the journal Criminal Law and Philosophy.

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