Rock Ethics Institute Lecture: Immigration, Clubs, and Stakeholders

Dr. Desiree Lim, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute, will be giving a talk entitled “Immigration, Clubs, and Stakeholders” as part of the Rock Ethics Institute Colloquium on Thursday, November 8, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in 133 Sparks. RSVP required

Abstract: “It is common to think of states as exclusive clubs that reserve control over their membership. Similar to other kinds of clubs, state membership may be obtained through the payment of a “membership fee” (e.g. citizenship-by-investment programs), or through meeting criteria that demonstrates one’s abilities (e.g. point-based immigration systems). However, the club model of state membership has been sharply critiqued. In particular, giving states free reign to determine their membership criteria may be impermissible if exclusion deprives non-members of their basic rights and interests. Lim argues that membership should instead be governed by a broad stakeholder principle that recognizes migrants can be entitled to membership simply because their life-circumstances tie the fulfillment of their basic rights and interests to the flourishing of a particular state. Lim will also show that this stakeholder principle will have significant implications for refugees and those seeking to escape poverty.”

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
133 Sparks Building
Dr. Desiree Lim