Workshop | Intergenerational Justice and Democracy

Time: September 5-6, 2018

Venue: University of Tampere, Pinni B3107 (address: Kanslerinrinne 1)

The themes of the workshop concerned intergenerational justice and democratic decision making from a philosophical perspective. Keynote speakers included Simon Caney, Kai Spikermann, Eerik Lagerspetz, Michael MacKenzie and Eva Erman.

Read more about the workshop here (in Finnish).

Video recordings:

Day 1 (video)
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Simon Caney’s presentation starts at 0:00:05 | Kai Spiekermann 1:42:00 | Eerik Lagerspetz 3:05:00 | Teea Kortetmäki 4:10:00 | Simo Kyllönen 5:34:00.

Day 2 (video)
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Eva Erman’s presentation starts at 0:01:00 | Michael MacKenzie 1:43:30 | Säde Hormio 2:59:30 | Markku Oksanen 3:57:30.



Wednesday 5 September 2018

10.00 Opening

10.00–11.15 Simon Caney, University of Warwick, “Democratic theory, intergenerational justice and overcoming short-termism in decision-making”
Discussant: Arto Laitinen, University of Tampere’

11.15–11.45 Coffee break

11.45–13.00 Kai Spiekermann, London School of Economics, “Irreversible losses”
Discussant: Antti Kauppinen, University of Helsinki

13.00–14.00 Lunch

14.00–15.15 Eerik Lagerspetz, University of Turku, ”The all-affected principle: A critique”
Discussant: Teemu Toppinen, University of Helsinki

15.15–16.15 Teea Kortetmäki, University of Tampere, “Convergent visions in a divergent world? Long-term policy paths and pragmatism”
Discussant: Jaakko Kuosmanen, Demos Helsinki

16.15–16.45 Coffee break

16.45–17.45 Simo Kyllönen, University of Helsinki, ”Democratic ways of promoting intergenerational justice”
Discussant:  Milla Vaha, University of Turku


Thursday 6 September 2018

09.30–10.45 Eva Erman, University of Stockholm, “A function-sensitive approach to the political legitimacy of global governance”
Discussant: Henri Vogt, University of Turku

10.45–11.15 Coffee break

11.15 –12.30 Michael MacKenzie, University of Pittsburgh, “Beyond theories of intergenerational justice: The politics of intergenerational relations”
Discussant: Maija Setälä, University of Turku

12.30–13.45 Lunch

13.45–14.45 Säde Hormio, University of Helsinki, “Advocating on behalf of future generations: Juliana v. U.S.”
Discussant: Heta Heiskanen, University of Tampere

14.45–15.45 Markku Oksanen, University of Eastern Finland, “Environmental human rights and long-term decision-making”
Discussant: Johanna Ahola-Launonen, University of Helsinki

The registration for this workshop is closed.


PALO – Participation in Long-Term Decision Making is a multidisciplinary research project that analyzes problems of practices of long-term decision-making. With the objective to strengthen democracy, PALO develops better practices for deliberative citizen participation. The consortium partners are University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Natural Resources Institute Finland and University of Tampere. The project is funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland.

Further information
Please direct questions about the event to Kaisa Herne at kaisa.herne(at)


Workshop program (pdf)

Workshop poster (pdf)