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October 28 - 31 Kontakt der Kontinenten, Soesterberg (Netherlands)


October 28


15:00 – 18:00

Arrival and check-in

Reception Hall

18:30 – 20:00



20:00 – 21:30

Welcome + Opening Lecture:

Henry Shue



October 29


09:00 – 11:00

Keynote Lecture 2: Rights

Tim Hayward

Richard Hiskes


11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break


11:30 – 13:00

Workshop sessions a


Group 1


Chair: Andreas Spahn

Lukas Koehler & Ivo Frankenreiter:

Intergenerational Justice and responsibility in light of Christian thought

Sebastien Duyck:

Intergenerational equity and the 2015 climate agreement

Saskia Fikkers:

Interests as key concepts of future generations


Group 2


Chair: Ivo Wallimann-Helmer

Alobwede John Ngome:

The multiple nexus between land grabbing, sustainable natural resource management, development issues and the emergence of peri-urbain terrains in sub-Saharan Africa

Joerg Tremmel:

Parliaments and Future Generations: the 4-powers model


Group 3


Chair: Peter Lawrence

Auke Pols:

Just and sustainable socio-technical transitions

Marc Davidson:

Equity and biodiversity conservation

Harald Stelzer:

Climate engineering & human engineering: social and technological challenges in the anthropocene


13:00 – 14:00



14:00 – 15:30

Workshop sessions b


Group 1


Chair: Jos Philips

Peter Lawrence:

A transgenerational ‘demos’? Climate treaty-making reform and procedural justice

Thierry Ngosso:

Egalitarian defense of firms’ climate duties towards future generations

Fabian Schuppert:

Intergenerational Risk Imposition and Taking Proper Precaution


Group 2


Chair: Bernice Bovenkerk

Roland Mees:

Understanding sustainable action in social institutions

Ivo Wallimann-Helmer:

Does democracy require climate justice?

Mamata Mishra & George Kodimattam Joseph

Conservation of coastal resources through local participation


Group 3


Chair: Steven Riley

Tim Meijers:

The importance of the right to procreate

Andrea Günter:

Cultivating Intergenerationality

Joachim Spangenberg:

No rights for the future, but obligations for the present?


Group 4


Chair: Ileana Dascalu

Rob Lawlor:

Protecting the virtuous

Christoph Baumgartner:

Turning to the future by abandoning the past? The role of time in transformations of the moral dimensions of ‘Environmental Stewardship’

Ralf Lüfter:

What is a sustainable future?


15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break


16:00 – 18:00

Keynote Lecture 3: Rights and Risks

Sven Ove Hansson

Klaus Steigleder


18:30 – 20:00



20:00 - …

Social evening



October 30


09:00 – 11:00

Keynote Lecture 4: demography and developing countries

Ingrid Robeyns

Saumya Ramarao


11:00 – 11:30

Coffee Break


11:30 – 13:00

Workshop sessions c


Group 1


Chair: Joachim Spangenberg

Jos Philips:

Human rights, future generations, and sufficietarian justice

Karsten Klint Jensen:

How can uncertainty and obligations to future generations be addressed from a human rights perspective?

Bernice Bovenkerk:

Instituting the representation of future generations


Group 2


Chair: May Torseth

George Kodimattam Joseph:

Technological and techno-cultural capabilities to engage in sustainable practices: concerns of developing nations

Donatella Vincenti:

Sustainability transitions in Arab-Islamic countries

Teng Fei:

Normative basis of China’s climate policy: development rights and the value of development


Group 3


Chair: Harald Stelzer

Maria Paola Ferretti:

Environmental risk and distributive justice

Ashley Dodsworth:

Past conceptions of future rights

Wouter Peeters:

Primacy of Individual freedoms over responsibilities


Group 4


Chair: Franck Meijboom

Florin Popa:

Bio-diversity governance

Rasmus Karlsson:

Low-carbon scalability constraints and the risk of geoengineering

Alix Dietzel:

Climate change governance: pathways to a sustainable future


13:00 – 14:00



14:00 – 15:30

Workshop sessions d


Group 1


Chair: Lukas Koehler

Hubert Schnüriger:

Future people’s present rights

Kata Fodor:

The notion and representation of future generations

Aurelie Halsband:

Why the focus of rights to a green future should be completed


Group 2


Chair: Tim Meijers

Christian Seidel:

On consequentializing pure intergenerational risks

Lotte Asveld:

When failing is an option: sustainable politics as experiments

Ileana Dascalu:

Sustainability and Development: Tradeoffs and Synergies


Group 3


Chair: Christoph Baumgartner

Inger Hoedt-Rasmussen:

Sustainable Lawyering

Gerhard Bos:

Framing sustainability demands in the context of human rights

Margaretha Wewerinke:

Promoting the equal enjoyment of human rights across countries and the role of the UNFCCC


Group 4


Chair: Joerg Tremmel

May Torseth:

Trapped between promethean and survivalist discourses of sustainability?

Selina O’Doherty:

Degrees of responsibility

Laurentiu Gheorghe:

Preserving rights in single layer vs. multilayer decision making procedures concerning environmental risk


15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break


16:00 – 18:00

Keynote session 5: Pathways to Sustainability

Kerri Woods

Linda Steg


19:00 – 20:30



20:30 – 22:30

Wine Tasting



October 31


09:00 – 11:00

Keynote session 6: representation of future generations

Sándor Fülöp

Anja Karnein


11:00 – 11:30

Coffee Break


11:30 – 13:00

Keynote session 7: evaluation and looking forward

Marcus Düwell


13:00 – 14:00


(please do not forget to turn in your travel compensation forms!)


(reception hall)


End of Programme



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Austria Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in Österreich (FWF) - Austrian Science Research Fund

Belgium Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) - National Fund for Scientific Research

Denmark Det Frie Forskningsråd - Samfund og Erhverv (FSE) - The Danish Council for Independent Research - Social Sciences. Secretariat by: Forsknings- og Innovationsstyrelsen (FI) - Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation

Finland Suomen Akatemia/Finlands Akademi - Academy of Finland

Germany Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) - German Research Foundation

Netherlands  Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) - Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

Norway Norges Forskningsråd - Research Council of Norway

Romania Consiliul National al Cercetarii Stiintifice din Invatamantul Superior (CNCSIS) - National University Research Council

Switzerland University of Zurich

Jul 13


Information will follow.

Professor Lukas Meyer, Graz, Austria.

Professor Axel Gosseries, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Dr.Karsten Klint Jensen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Professor Elina Pirjatanniemi, Åbo, Finland.

Professor Dieter Birnbacher, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Professor Marcus Düwell, Utrecht, Netherlands (Chair).

Professor Matthias Kaiser, Bergen, Norway.

Professor Adrian-Paul Iliescu, Bucharest, Romania.

Dr. Fabian Schuppert, Zurich, Switzerland.

Advisory Experts

Dr. Joachim Spangenberg, Köln, Germany.

Professor May Thorseth, Trondheim, Norway.

Jul 13


Chair: Professor Marcus Düwell, Utrecht.

Acting Programme Coordinator: Gerhard Bos MA, Utrecht.

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