Center for Global Ethics: George Mason University

Mission | Center for Global Ethics

The Center for Global Ethics at George Mason University provides a focus for new ethics initiatives across the university by promoting research and educational initiatives on the values that inevitably impact global policy formation and public advocacy. Our interests include climate change, human rights, international intervention and peacekeeping, economic development, immigration and global citizenship, technology transfer, and global public health.

The Center works with various partners at GMU on ethical issues relevant to a variety of disciplines and professions. Additionally, the center serves as a resource to members of the GMU community interested in pursuing the ethical dimensions of these problems and links its activities with other institutions in the greater Washington DC region, in the United States, and the world. In addition to sponsoring research and events, we also disseminate relevant work through Center Reports, Working Papers, and the journal Ethics, Place, and Environment.

Addressing these global issues requires extensive work which is both theoretical and practical. It also requires an interdisciplinary approach which calls upon an array of different critical perspectives and ideas. By holding conferences, symposia, and other events, the Center gives open forum to those with new and exciting ideas relevant to these global issues. Additionally, through its relation with the peer reviewed journal Ethics, Place & Environment, which publishes original articles and commentaries pertinent to many issues of global ethics, the Center disseminates these ideas to the widest possible audience.

The Center also coordinates with organizations that share similar pursuits.  It has co-sponsored events with the Center for Health Policy and Research Ethics, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and the International Society for Environmental Ethics.  The Center welcomes collaboration with all institutions seriously committed to the normative dimensions of global change.