Public Lecture: Justice and Shared Use of Common Goods

Professor Cara Nine (Department of Philosophy, University of Nevada, Reno) will give the public lecture for this year's inaugural Tromsø Conference in Ethics and Political Philosophy (TCEPP).


Abstract This lecture analyzes how justice applies to rights that people have to a shared resource, like freshwater. Nine discusses an application of the proviso that one must engage with the commons in ways that leave ‘enough and as good’ in common for others. One upshot of her argument is that shared resources, especially shared between different communities or nations, must be carefully managed by all sharing parties. This interpretation of this proviso can have far-reaching implications for environmental and resource development.

Bio Cara Nine is a Professor and Chair of Philosophy at University of Nevada, Reno.  Prof. Nine has authored many articles and two books on the topic of territorial rights, Global Justice and Territory (OUP 2012) and Sharing Territories (OUP 2022). She has used her several grant awards to help establish a research community in political philosophy and political theory on the emerging topics surrounding territoriality.

After the lecture, there will be a reception outside the lecture hall, from 18:00-20:00.

If you want to attend the reception, please register by sending an email to one of the organizers: Kerstin Reibold (, Clare Heyward ( or Kim Angell (

When: 11.12.23 at 16.00–18.00
Where: SV- og HUM-bygget: E 0101 Aud
Location / Campus: Tromsø
Target group: Students, Guests, Invited, Unit, Employees
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