The Ethics of Assassination

March 27, 2012
The 2012 Donchian Ethics Symposium
Keynote Speaker: Former Navy SEAL and best-selling author Eric Greitens
Jepson Alumni Center: Directions and Parking

Governments, radical groups and lone individuals often employ assassination as a means of defense, to exact justice or change the course of history. Yet when assassination is used as a tool, it raises certain questions: Is it legal? Is it morally acceptable? Can assassination be ethically justified under certain conditions? Does it matter if the target is a political, military, scientific or civilian leader?

The challenges of global leadership demand that we critically examine such questions. The 2012 Donchian Ethics Symposium will invite experts in diverse fields such as law, public policy and philosophy to examine the morality, legality and nature of assassination, and whether it differs from other types of killing.

The symposium will include a panel session, reception and keynote lecture. Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, author of the New York Times best-seller "The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL" and founder-CEO of The Mission Continues, a nonprofit that serves wounded veterans, will deliver the keynote address.

The conference is free and open to the public. It is hosted by the Jepson School of Leadership Studies in collaboration with PPEL. The event is made possible by a grant from the Richard Davoud Donchian Foundation, which is dedicated to “building the framework for intelligent, ethical and compassionate leadership.”

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At a Glance

March 27, 2012
Jepson Alumni Center
Panel Session: 4-5:30 p.m.
Reception: 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Keynote lecture: 7-8 p.m.

Open to the public
No charge to attend but registration is required

Directions and Parking

For more information:

Nancy Nock
Conference administrator
Phone: (804) 287-1960
Email: nnock@richmond.edu

*Attorneys: This program qualifies for 1.5 hours (0.0 ethics) of MCLE credit

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Richard Davoud Donchian Foundation