Theories of Territory: Resource Rights, Global Justice and Self-Determination


People involved in this project

Principal investigator:


  • Professor Leif Wenar (King's College, London)
  • Dr Graham Finlay (University College, Dublin)Jamie Carstairs
School Arts
Department Philosophy
Dates 2009 - 2012
Website Theories of Territory: Resource Rights, Global Justice and Self-Determination
Funder AHRC/ Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Collaborator(s) A collaboration between scholars at the University of Bristol, University College, Cork, King's College, London and University College, Dublin.
Contact person Professor Christopher Bertram

More about this project

Territory is at the center of the most important contemporary issues - war, poverty, climate change, immigration, human rights, secession, and border disputes. Territory determines citizenship, opportunities, rights, obligations, political power, and resource privilege. And yet there are very few philosophical investigations of territorial rights. The omission of theories of territory from current philosophical, political, and legal theoretical discourse is unfortuante, especially given the topic's immense importance to local and global events. We propose to develop a bi-lateral network of Irish and UK researchers on the topic, "Theories of Territory: Resource Rights, Global Justice, and Self-Determination". Our objective is to establish Ireland and the UK as the global centre of excellence in research on this substantial and timely topic. Through initial networking opportunities for philosophers, including political, legal and social theorists, we aim to establish an innovative, state-of-the-art research program on theories of territory.