The ethics of treaties
- Date: Thursday, 31 August, 2017
5.30pm to 6.45pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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The ethical and moral obligations created by Te Tiriti
Simon Keller examines the moral issues raised by treaties. He looks first at the nature of treaties. What is a treaty? Should a treaty be understood primarily as a promise, or an agreement on a strategy for mutual cooperation, or a tactical move in a larger conflict, or something else?
In light of the possible answers to this question, the talk goes on to ask what moral power a treaty can hold. Which people or institutions – and which future people or institutions – receive moral rights and moral duties as a result of the signing of a treaty? Does it matter whether the treaty is a good treaty, or a just treaty? When, if ever, is it permissible to break a treaty?
In exploring the arguments for various answers to these questions, the talk tries to make clear some of the moral (rather than legal and political) legacies of the Treaty of Waitangi.
About the speaker
Simon Keller is a Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington.