Christopher Kutz, UC Berkeley

Democratic Holy Wars: Democracy, Intervention, and Self-Defense

Thu, 12/01/2011
4:30 PM, 301 Marx Hall
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

The Program in Ethics and Public Affairs (PEPA) advances the study of the moral purposes and foundations of institutions and practices—both domestic and international. PEPA seminars seek to bring the perspectives of moral and political philosophy to bear on significant issues in public affairs.

A copy of the paper will be available here on Monday, November 21. 

A reception will be available beginning at 4:15 p.m.

This program is funded, in part, by a gift from the Whitehall Foundation in honor of James A. Moffett ’29. For more information on the Program in Ethics and Public Affairs seminars or other UCHV events, please visit

Christopher Kutz is a Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program. His work focuses on moral, political and legal philosophy, and he has particular interest in the foundations of criminal, international and constitutional law. His book, Complicity: Ethics and Law for a Collective Age (2000), addresses the question of individual moral and legal responsibility for harms brought about through collective and corporate activity. His current work centers on democratic theory, the law of war, the metaphysics of criminal law and the nature of political legitimacy. He teaches courses in criminal law, and moral, political and legal philosophy. Kutz's recent publications include "The Collective Work of Citizenship" in Legal Theory (2002); "Justice in Reparations: The Cost of Memory and the Value of Talk" in Philosophy and Public Affairs (2004); "The Difference Uniforms Make: Collective Violence in Criminal Law and the Law of War" in Philosophy and Public Affairs (2005); and "The Lawyers Know Sin: Complicity in Torture," ed. Karen J. Greenberg, The Torture Debate in America (2006). He has clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and was a visiting professor at Columbia and Stanford law schools. He is currently at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris.

Cosponsored with the Program in Ethics and Public Affairs