Klabbers, Jan

1.7. 2013–30.6. 2018
International law
University of Helsinki

Jan Klabbers is Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki and the first Martti Ahtisaari Academy Professor in international conflict management research.

During his Academy Professorship, Klabbers will work to advance the ethics behind global governance, concentrating on the professional roles of key actors in governance and thereby establishing a form of virtue ethics for global governance. Traditionally, the ethics of global governance has been understood also as the ethics of international policy. International law is studied from many different angles, though none of them is particularly focused on the principles of ethics. However, there have been similar projects carried out in other contexts. Virtue ethics has been applied to decision-making in businesses, for instance, and to the methods of public policy-making. Ethics scholars engaged in this tradition have applied virtue ethics to a number of professions, from healthcare professionals to lawyers and judges.

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