Workshops | The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative

Workshops for the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative are held throughout the year and give scholars an opportunity to share their work in a supportive and collegial environment. Each year, scholars working on a variety of traditional legal topics come together to explore how their analyses can benefit from the application of a vulnerability lens.  Some topics recently considered include: globalization; labor, and the legal organization of work; the limits of social justice; business and corporate structures; the role of the family; and the need for environmental justice. Workshops are structured to allow for extended and meaningful participation by non-presenters and are open the public.

A Workshop on Vulnerability and Digital Intimacy

Has human interaction with social robots and other forms of artificial intelligence evolved to the point where such interaction could constitute an “intimate relationship?” If so, how should these interactions be regarded and regulated? On the other hand, how might this type of interaction ultimately affect the form, nature, and need for intimacy between humans? This workshop will explore how vulnerability theory can be applied to these and other questions arising from digital intimacy, considering how state and social responsibility for the technological future should be defined and incorporated into an ethical framework for the development and use of AI. Hosted by The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, March 24, 2023.

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A Workshop on Constructing an Ethical or Moral Approach to State Responsibility

Human rights and human vulnerability theory are both concerned with the achievement of social justice and the role of the State in this endeavor. Their approaches to the State, however, are markedly different. We are pleased to announce a workshop on human rights and human vulnerability, bringing in dialogue the work of Professor Michael Perry on human rights and Professor Martha Albertson Fineman on human vulnerability. (Hosted by The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, March 31-April 1, 2023).

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Vulnerability, Justice, and the Human Condition - Seminar Four

Seminar 4. Responding to Inevitable Inequality, December 13, 2022, 4 - 5:30 p.m. Dublin Time - Come and join us in a series of conversations designed to explore the theoretical and conceptual possibilities of vulnerability theory.

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Vulnerability, Justice, and the Human Condition - Seminar Three

Seminar 3. Injury —beyond Equality and Discrimination, November 22, 2022, 4 - 5:30 p.m. Dublin Time - Come and join us in a series of conversations designed to explore the theoretical and conceptual possibilities of vulnerability theory.

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Vulnerability, Justice, and the Human Condition - Seminar Two

Seminar 2. Vulnerability and Social Justice, November 1, 2022, 4 - 5:30 p.m. Dublin Time - Come and join us in a series of conversations designed to explore the theoretical and conceptual possibilities of vulnerability theory.

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Vulnerability, Justice, and the Human Condition - Seminar One

Seminar 1. Reasoning from the Body, October 11, 2022, 4 - 5:30 p.m. Dublin Time - Come and join us in a series of conversations designed to explore the theoretical and conceptual possibilities of vulnerability theory.

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Law and Structuring Individual and Institutional Responsibility: Beyond Equality

Hosted by The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, June 18, 2022

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Re-Conceiving Equality and Freedom: Vulnerability, Dependency, and the Responsive State

Hosted by The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, January 29, 2022

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