Global Justice : Theory Practice Rhetoric 2022-04-25T11:36:49+00:00 Molly Powell Open Journal Systems <p><em><img class="shadow" src="/public/site/images/adminglobal/Cover-GJ-20192.png" alt="" align="left">Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric</em> (TPR) is a peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal which publishes original research in international political theory, with special emphasis on global justice. We are particularly interested in bridging the gap between political theory, empirical research, and the study of political practices and communication. <a title="About the Journal" href="/global/index.php/gjn/pages/view/about-the-journal">Read more...</a></p> INTRODUCTION 2022-04-25T11:36:49+00:00 Christine Straehle Caesar Atuire <p>n/a</p> 2022-04-14T15:23:30+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Global Justice : Theory Practice Rhetoric Reporting on African Responses to COVID-19: African Philosophical Perspectives for Addressing Quandaries in the Global Justice Debate 2022-04-14T17:25:28+00:00 Martin Odei Ajei <p>The first case of COVID-19 infection in Africa was recorded in Egypt on 14 February 2020. Following this, several projections of the possible devastating effect that the virus can have on the population of African countries were made in the Western media. This paper presents evidence for Africa’s successful responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and under-reporting or misrepresentation of these successes in Western media. It proceeds to argue for accounting for these successes in terms of Africa’s communitarian way of life and conceptions of self, duty, and rights; and that a particular orientation in theorizing on global justice can highlight the injustices inherent in the misrepresentation of these successes and contribute shared perspectives to formulating a framework of values and concepts that would facilitate the implementation of global policy goals for justice. The paper is thus grounded in a rejection of the insular tenets of theorizing prevalent in the global justice debate and to persistent inclinations in Western scholarship to the thinking that theorizing in the African context that draws inspiration from the cultural past has little to contribute to the quest for justice globally. On the contrary, it argues that reflexive critique of cultural history is a necessary source of normative ideals that can foster tolerant coexistence and a cooperative endeavour toward shared conceptions of justice in the contemporary world.&nbsp;</p> 2022-04-14T15:36:51+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Global Justice : Theory Practice Rhetoric Realizing Justice in the Coordinated Global Coronavirus Response 2022-04-14T17:25:26+00:00 Jan-Christoph Heilinger Sridhar Venkatapuram Maike Voss Verina Wild <p class="abstract"><span lang="EN">The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting countries across the globe. Only a globally coordinated response, however, will enable the containment of the virus. Responding to a request from policy makers for ethics input for a global resource pledging event as a starting point, this paper outlines normative and procedural principles to inform a coordinated global coronavirus response. Highlighting global connections and specific vulnerabilities from the pandemic, and proposing standards for reasonable and accountable decision-making, the ambition of the paper is two-fold: to raise awareness for the justice dimensions in the global response, and to argue for moving health from the periphery to the centre of philosophical debates about social and global justice.</span></p> 2022-04-14T15:39:54+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Global Justice : Theory Practice Rhetoric Responding to the Tragedies of Our Time - The Human Right to Health and the Virtue of Creative Resolve 2022-04-14T17:25:24+00:00 Nicole Hassoun <p>We live in tragic times. Millions are sheltering in place to avoid exacerbating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. How should we respond to such tragedies? This paper argues that the human right to health can help us do so because it inspires human rights advocates, claimants, and those with responsibility for fulfilling the right to try hard to satisfy its claims. That is, the right should, and often does, give rise to what I call<em>&nbsp;the virtue of creative resolve</em>. This resolve embodies a fundamental commitment to finding creative solutions to what appear to be tragic dilemmas. Contra critics, we should not reject the right even if it cannot tell us how to ration scarce health resources. Rather, the right gives us a response to apparent tragedy in motivating us to search for ways of fulfilling everyone’s basic health needs.</p> 2022-04-14T15:45:10+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Global Justice : Theory Practice Rhetoric COVID-19 Heightens the Imperative to Decolonize Global Health Research 2022-04-14T17:25:22+00:00 Caesar Alimsinya Atuire Susan Bull <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has both highlighted and exacerbated global health inequities, leading for calls for responses to COVID to promote social justice and ensure that no one is left behind. One key lesson to be learnt from the pandemic is the critical importance of decolonizing global health and global health research so that African countries are better placed to address pandemic challenges in contextually relevant ways. This paper argues that to be successful, programmes of decolonization in complex global health landscapes require a complex three-dimensional approach. Drawing on the broader discourse of political decolonization that has been going on in the African context for over a century, we present a model for unpacking the complex task of decolonization. Our approach suggests a three-dimensional approach which encompasses hegemomic; epistemic; and commitmental elements.</p> 2022-04-14T15:48:23+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Global Justice : Theory Practice Rhetoric COVID-19 and Authoritarianism: Two Strategies of Engaging Fear 2022-04-14T17:25:20+00:00 Jonathan Wolff David Elitzer Anna Petherick Maya Tudor Katie Tyner <p>This paper considers ways in which rulers can respond to, generate, or exploit fear of COVID-19 infection for various ends, and in particular distinguishes between ‘fear-invoking’ and ‘fear-minimising’ strategies. It examines historical precedent for executive overreach in crises and then moves on to look in more detail at some specific areas where fear is being mobilised or generated: in ways that lead to the suspension of civil liberties; that foster discrimination against minorities; and that boost the personality cult of leaders and limit criticism or competition. Finally, in the Appendix, we present empirical work, based on the results of an original survey in Brazil, that provides support for the conjectures in the previous sections. While it is too early to tell what the longer-term outcomes of the changes we note will be, our purpose here is simply to identify some warning signs that threaten the key institutions and values of democracy.</p> 2022-04-14T16:03:10+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Global Justice : Theory Practice Rhetoric