November 2, 2011
Symposium on Global Ethic, Law and Policy
Since its adoption by the World Parliament of Religions in 1993, and as a result of the extensive work of its drafter, Hans Küng, the Global Ethic has been related to many areas of human activity, including economics, politics, pedagogy, and international relations. The focus of this two-day symposium was on two fields that have received comparatively less attention in connection with the Global Ethic: law and policy.
Day 1: Thursday 3 November
I. Basic Considerations
a. The History and Essence of the Global Ethic (Dr. Stephan Schlensog)
b. Relation of the Global Ethic to Law and Policy – Theoretical Starting Points (Bradley Shingleton)
II. Global Ethic and Law
a. Global Ethic and Global Law – Philosophical Aspects (Prof. Hans Küng)
Discussion (Moderator: Dr. Günther Gebhardt)
b. Global Ethic and Global Law – Jurisprudential Aspects (Prof. Brian Lepard)
c. Global Ethic and Human Rights (Prof. Walter Kaelin)
d. Conflicts Among Religions and Global Law (Prof. Markus Kotzur)
Discussion (Co-moderators: Prof. Rebecca DeWinter; Prof. Cathleen Kaveny)
Day 2: Friday 4 November
I. Global Ethic and Policy
a. The New Paradigm of International Relations (Prof. Hans Küng)
b. The New Paradigm of International Relations – Response (Prof. Paula Newberg)
c. Promotion of the Common Good in the regulation of Financial Markets?
(Prof. Heinz-Dieter Assmann)
Discussion (Moderator: Dr. Karin Johnston)
d. Interreligious Dialogue as Foreign Policy Instrument (Podium Discussion – Prof. David Little, Dr. Thomas Banchoff, Prof. John Borelli, Prof. Hans Kűng)
Hans Küng is a Swiss Roman Catholic priest, theologian, and author. He was born in Switzerland in 1928 and ordained a priest in 1954. He was appointed an expert theological advisor to the Second Vatican Council in 1962. In the late 1960s, he became the first notable Roman Catholic theologian to reject the doctrine of papal infallibility; as a result, he was stripped of his license to teach Catholic theology in 1979. However, he was not excommunicated and remains a priest in good standing with the Church. In the early 1990s, he began to develop what he called a “Global Ethic,” a minimal ethical code meant to be acceptable to all religions, which would go on to be signed by spiritual leaders around the world. Küng remains critical of various practices of the Catholic Church.
Thomas Banchoff is director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and professor in the Government Department and the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. His research centers on religious and ethical issues in...
Dr. John Borelli is the Special Assistant to the President for Interreligious Initiatives at Georgetown University, a post he has held since 2004, and is responsible particularly for designing and coordinating special projects that further the...
Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt is an assistant professor at the American University School of International Service. Her work focuses on civil society efforts to ensure corporate social responsibility, and to that end she has consulted for Amnesty...
Gunther Gebhardt is a theologian and interfaith expert, and since 1998 the Senior Adviser of the Global Ethic Foundation at Tubingen, Germany. He served as Secretary General for Europe of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP; now...
Walter Kälin is a Swiss international human rights lawyer, legal scholar, and advocate currently serving as the Representative of the United Nations’ Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons. Kälin has served as a...
M. Cathleen Kaveny is John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and studies issues at the intersection of law, religion, and morality; she has particular expertise in health care ethics....
Brian Lepard is the Law Alumni Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law. He also serves as co-director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, and he is a member of numerous...
David Little will be exploring protestant contributions to religious liberty in colonial America before the Founding for the Christianity and Freedom Project. He is a research fellow at the Berkley Center. He retired in 2009 as T.J. Dermot Dunphy...
Paula Newberg is the Marshall B. Coyne Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. A scholar and practitioner with wide-ranging experience in multilateral and nongovernmental organizations, Dr. Newberg...
Stephan Schlensog is a theologian and Secretary General of the Global Ethic Foundation. He is the author of Der Hinduism, a volume on the theology, history, and ethics of Hinduism, as well as other publications on world religions and global...
Bradley Shingleton is a current practitioner of international and corporate law in Washington D.C. He has co-edited two books on international topics, including Dimensions of German Unification, and he has authored several articles on legal...