Practical Philosophy Webinar: Hallvard Sandven

Hallvard Sandven, Oxford University

Title: ‘Domination and border control: a restatement’

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Hallvard Sandven, Ph.D. Candidate, Oxford University


Despite the surge of interest in republicanism and its associated theory of freedom as non-domination, on the one hand, and in migration and border control, on the other, there have been relatively few attempts to combine the two in contemporary political theory. One explanation for this lack of engagement is that the ideal of non-domination can seem indeterminate when applied to the institution of border control and, by extension, that republican political theory can seem ill-equipped to theorise the regulation of international movement. This paper will explain the source of this problem of indeterminacy and argue that it arises on a particular conception of how border controls function. It will then show that, once we appreciate how many states currently seek to regulate migration, non-domination can ground a normative framework for migration with significant explanatory power and critical capacity.

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Published Aug. 10, 2020 11:25 AM - Last modified Oct. 11, 2020 10:01 PM