Risk and Responsibility Conference: Law and Climate Change


30 November 2023


12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. (GMT/WET - London, Lisbon) /

1:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. (CET - Amsterdam, Vienna - UTC+1h) /

4:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (PST - Portland, Los Angeles - UTC+8h)

Conference description:

Risk and responsibility are topics of growing concern within philosophy and beyond. The concepts themselves, their relationship to each other, and how they manifest in different fields are still being worked out. This online conference brings together scholars thinking about various aspects of risk and responsibility as related to law and climate change, respectively.

Location: Online (Zoom)

Zoom link and info:

Meeting ID: 669 7382 3621 | Passcode: 557023

Conference Program (times listed below are GMT/WET – London, Lisbon)

Panel 1: Law

12:00 – 13:00 : RA Duff, (University of Stirling), “Risk, Responsibility, and Pre-Trial Detention”

13:00 – 14:00: Anne Ruth Mackor (University of Groningen), “Risks of Incorrect Use of Probabilities in Court and What to Do about Them”

14:00 – 15:00: Break

Panel 2: Climate Change

15:00 – 16:00: Samantha Copeland (Delft University of Technology), “Resilience and Responsibilities: Normative Resilience for Responsibility Arrangements”

16:00 – 17:00: Avram Hiller (Portland State University), “Individual Climate Risks at the Bounds of Rationality”

17:00 – 18:00: Harald Stelzer (University of Graz), “Responsible Innovation and Climate Engineering. A Step Back to Technology Assessment”


Available texts: Presentations 1-4 will discuss chapters freely available in the edited volume Risk and Responsibility in Context (Routledge 2023) at Harald Stelzer’s text is available at

Risk and Responsibility in Context (Routledge 2023) was published with the support of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): PUB-1003.

Organizers: This conference is organized by Stearns Broadhead (University of Graz), as part of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)-financed research project, Responsibility for Risks: Theory and Practice (P 31527) and Adriana Placani (NOVA University of Lisbon), supported by national funds through FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., under the Scientific Employment Stimulus - Individual Call - CEECIND/02135/2021.


Risk and responsibility online talk

Date: 28 April 2023 || Time: 11:00 CEST (e.g., Vienna, Amsterdam, Berlin)

Sven Nyholm (Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München) presents "AI and the Risk of Undermining Human Responsibility for Good and Bad Outcomes"

How to attend (Zoom link)

Meeting ID: 680 2527 9259 | Passcode: 934153


In my presentation, I will discuss a significant risk related to letting artificial intelligence (AI) take over tasks we otherwise perform ourselves, using our natural intelligence. The risk is that this can disrupt or undermine human responsibility in important ways. This idea – sometimes called the problem of responsibility gaps – is usually discussed in relation to blame for bad outcomes (e.g., crashing self-driving cars or out-of-control military robots). However, I will argue that we should also consider the issue of praise for good outcomes. A risk related to handing over tasks normally requiring human intelligence to AI technologies is that this can create gaps with respect to opportunities for human beings to display talent, effort, sensitivity to reasons, and other things that make people worthy of recognition or praise. I will argue that such “positive responsibility gaps” are harder to fill than negative gaps related to blame for bad outcomes. This relates to important differences in widely accepted criteria for deserving praise for good outcomes, on the one hand, and criteria for deserving blame for bad outcomes, on the other. I will illustrate this asymmetry by focusing on generative AI (such as large language models) as a case study.

Organizer: Stearns Broadhead. Responsibility for Risks: Theory and Practice, an Austrian Science Fund-financed research project (project number P 31527) at the University of Graz — Institute of Philosophy


Risk and responsibility workshop

Date: 18 & 19 February 2021 || Time: 10:00 - 13:00 CET

Location: Online via Zoom

Workshop Description:

This workshop brings together philosophers thinking about the interplay between risk and moral responsibility. The respective topics of risk and moral responsibility have distinct histories. There is, however, overlap between the topics. Some contemporary discussions of risk include at least minimal accounts of moral responsibility. Conversely, some contemporary accounts of moral responsibility address and attend to risks. Over the course of two days, presenters will address the connections between risk and moral responsibility from different philosophical perspectives (e.g., ethics, political philosophy, applied ethics) and different aspects of the relationship between risk and responsibility (e.g., control, COVID-19 pandemic, precarious employment).


Ibo van de Poel (TU Delft)

Jessica Nihlén Fahlquist (Uppsala University)

Madeleine Hayenhjelm (Umeå University)

Sven Ove Hansson (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)

Maria Paola Ferretti (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Organizer: Stearns Broadhead & Adriana Placani. Responsibility for Risks: Theory and Practice, an Austrian Science Fund-financed research project (project number P 31527) at the University of Graz — Institute of Philosophy