Conference on War and Self-Defence

Halifax House, University of Sheffield
August 25th - 27th 2010
Registration is open until August 1st 2010. Please note that all registration fees must be received by this time.

Halifax House

Keynote Speakers:

Frances Kamm (Harvard)
Jeff McMahan (Rutgers)
Noam Zohar (Bar Ilan)

Parallel Session Speakers:

Daniel Statman (Haifa)
Uwe Steinhoff (Hong Kong)
Yitzhak Benbaji (Bar-Ilan)
Helen Frowe (Sheffield)
Adam Hosein (Chicago)
Shawn Kaplan (Adeplhi)
Saba Bazargan (UC San Diego)
Gerald Lang (Leeds)
Kasper Lippert–Rasmussen (Aarhus)
Graham Long (Newcastle)
Michael Neu (Sheffield)
Iddo Porat (The Academic Center for Law and
Business, Israel)
Massimo Renzo (Stirling)
Daniel Schwartz (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Victor Tadros (Warwick)

Recent years have seen a rapid growth of interest in just war theory. The current political climate has confronted us with important and difficult questions about, amongst other things, the moral status of combatants, the moral status of non-combatants, the possibility of wars waged by non-state actors, and the conditions under which one can be said to have a just cause for war. Many writers take the answers to these questions to be based, at least in part, on considerations about what individuals may do in self-defence, or other-defence. Others have denied the existence of any substantive relationship between the ethics of self-defence and the ethics of national-defence. This conference, hosted by the Sheffield Philosophy department, will bring together leading researchers in the field, and offer an opportunity for scholars to present recent research in this area.

You can download the conference schedule, and details of the parallel sessions, by clicking on the link on the right.

Please direct any enquiries to Dr. Helen Frowe via email (

The conference is generously sponsored by the Mind Association, The Leverhulme Trust, The Aristotelian Society and the Analysis Trust.


To register for the conference, please download the Registration Form by clicking on the link on the right. The completed form should be emailed to Helen Frowe ( Please note any dietary requirements in the email.

The Residential Delegate rate for those registering on or after June 1st is £220.00, and includes two nights' en suite accommodation, all meals (including the conference dinner) and attendance at the sessions. The Local Delegate rate, for those wishing to arrange their own accommodation, is £135.00.

Please note that the Analysis Trust bursaries have now been allocated.

Getting here

The nearest major airport to Sheffield is Manchester, although Birmingham is also easily accessible. Smaller airports are East Midlands, Robin Hood (Doncaster) and Leeds Bradford. Delgates from within Europe might find cheaper flights by looking at budget airlines (Ryanair, Easyjet, bmibaby, Jet2) using these smaller airports. You can get a direct train from Manchester to Sheffield that will take approx. 1hr and 20 minutes. A train from Birmingham takes about 1hr 40 minutes. Travelling from the smaller airports usually involves getting a shuttle bus to the local train station, and then getting a train to Sheffield.

From Sheffield Rail Station, a taxi to the conference venue will cost about £7.00. Alternatively, you can get a bus by walking across to Sheffield Interchange (cross the road outside the station and follow the covered walkway). The Stagecoach 120 and the First 40 and 80 will take you to the Endcliffe Village

Halifax House is located in The Endcliffe Village (a map of the Village is available here). Conference accommodation will be in halls of residence in the Village. Delegates can check into their rooms by going to The Edge reception in the Endcliffe Village. More information about the accommodation is available here. Registration for the conference will open at 2pm at Halifax House.

Around Sheffield

Sheffield is on the edge of the Peak District National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty popular with walkers and climbers. Chatsworth House is a short drive from Sheffield. The city itself is a vibrant university town with a strong industrial heritage. Manchester and Liverpool are about a ninety minute train journey, and London can be reach in just over two hours by direct train.