Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:September 2011‒August 2012
Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:»Peace-building and Paternalism«
Peace-building missions usually raise a host of moral and political concerns. The principles and practices commonly deployed in peace-building operations involve trade-offs between competing moral and political values. In my post-doctoral research I wish to explore one such trade-off—the dilemma between international humanitarian endeavors and paternalism. To what extent is humanitarian assistance premised on a paternalistic policy towards the host countries? If certain conditions warrant paternalistic assistance, and therefore paternalism should not be ruled out ex ante, what are these conditions? What kinds of reasons can be offered in order to justify paternalist intervention? Are they consequentialist or contractualist in shape? If the premises behind the justification for assistance are not paternalistic, to what extent may the implementation of concrete assistance measures turn out to be paternalistic? (Juan Espíndola)
Funding of the stay:»Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«
Scholarly profile of Juan Espíndola Juan Espíndola received his PhD in Political Science from the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan in 2011, with a dissertation about »The Disclosures of Respect: The Case of Stasi Denunciators after the German Reunification«. He has been an exchange student at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (Germany).
Main areas of research:Political Theory, Public Law
- »Is Historic Injustice beyond the Scope of Rawlsian Theory? « (with Moises Vaca, in preparation).rnrn
- El hombre que lo podía todo, todo, todo. Ensayo sobre el mito presidencial en México, México, El Colegio de México 2004.