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Alejandra Mancilla web

Alejandra Mancilla is associate professor in practical philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo. Her research is focused mainly on two areas. On the one hand, she leads a three-year project funded by the Polar Program of the Research Council of Norway, entitled Political Philosophy Looks to Antarctica, which seeks to analyze—among other things—the moral grounds of claims to land and natural resources in the last uninhabited continent. On the other hand, Alejandra is interested in the foundations of basic individual rights, specifically the right to subsistence. She also has an ongoing interest in environmental and animal ethics. She is the author of The Right of Necessity (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), co-editor of Theories of Justice (London: Ashgate, 2012) and has published, among others, in the Journal of Political Philosophy, Ethics and International Affairs, Journal of Applied Philosophy, and Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.

  • Research projects / interests:
    • Territorial rights and resource rights
    • The concept of state sovereignty in the face of contemporary global challenges
    • Antarctica as a locus for rethinking theories of territorial and resource rights
    • The global commons as a site for realizing global justice, and Antarctica as a case study
    • The right of necessity and its place in the contemporary debate on global justice

For more information visit: Alejandra's webpage

Keywords: Polar Governance, Environment, Climate Change, Wilderness, Values, Political Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Territory, Resource Rights