CFP: Special Issue 'Mathias Risse and Gabriel Wollner’s On Trade Justice'

Submission deadline: January 31, 2021

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Call for Papers: Special Issue “Mathias Risse and Gabriel Wollner’s On Trade Justice

Guest editors: Peter Dietsch (Université de Montréal) & Frank J. Garcia (Boston College Law School)

Special Issue in Moral Philosphy and Politics (MOPP)

International trade has become one of the focal points among the different subfields of global justice in recent years. While it is obvious that trade has important ramifications for both the relative positions of states and for the levels of individual welfare attainable in these states, our perspective on the normative dimensions of trade depends on how we frame the issues.

Mathias Risse and Gabriel Wollner’s 2019 book On Trade Justice – A Philosophical Plea for a New Global Deal represents an important contribution to this ongoing and highly relevant debate. Their analysis of trade as one “ground” of justice employs an account of exploitation to identify unjust trade practices as well as to formulate a series of principles and obligations of trade justice. The duty-bearers of trade justice, they argue, include both states and corporations.

Moral Philosophy and Politics invites contributions on trade justice that pick up themes from Risse and Wollner’s book. These themes include, but are by no means limited to the following questions:

  • What is the relationship between a theory of trade justice and an overall theory of global justice and its other dimensions?
  • Do instances of exploitation exhaust the injustices in the context of trade?
  • How does an account of trade justice centred on a concept of exploitation relate to an account that focuses on the distribution of the gains from trade? Are the two mutually exclusive, in tension, compatible?
  • What role for humanist versus associativist principles of justice in a theory of trade justice?
  • Who are the duty bearers of trade justice?
  • If the duty bearers of trade justice include both states and corporations, how do their respective duties relate to one another?
  • How does the current world trade regime of the World Trade Organization fare when analysed through the prism of trade justice? How could and should it be reformed?
  • What are the obligations of states to compensate the losers of trade injustice?
  • When, why, and for whom can relocation decisions of multinational corporations be considered unjust?
  • What, if any, specific issues arise in trading with authoritarian states, and how should one respond to them?
  • Is the absence of exploitation sufficient to guarantee a level-playing field in international trade?

Papers should be submitted by January 31, 2021 and should be between 3000 and 8000 words in length.
All submissions will undergo MOPP’s double-blind refereeing process. Please note that this process is not organized by the guest editor but by the journal’s founding editors who will also have the final word on publication decisions.

The journal’s manuscript submission site can accessed here:

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