Practical information

This conference will be an in-person only event. Please register before May 15, 2022 at 18:00 (CET) to attend the conference. We will share further details with registered participants in good time before the event.


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Conference program

Thursday, 19 May, 09.30 – 17.00

09.30 – 10.00: Coffee and welcome

10.00 – 11.30: Keynote lecture - Simone Chambers (University of California, Irvine): “Contestation, Competition, and Opposition. Comparing procedural, minimalist, and partisan conceptions of democracy

11.30 – 12.45: Lunch

13.00 – 15.00: Parallel sessions:

Panel 1

  1. Torbjørn Gundersen (University of Oslo): “Policy recommendations, science advice, and well-placed trust
  2. Eilev Hegstad (Oslo Metropolitan University - OsloMet): “Normative models of ethics commissions
  3. Jon Christian Fløysvik Nordrum (University of Oslo): “Artificial intelligence in digital welfare administration and the rule of law

Panel 2

  1. Hallvard Fossheim (University of Bergen): “Politicians and experts: revisiting the epitactic dimension of statesmanship
  2. Sebastian Conte (University of Oslo):  “The role of intuitions in the justification of moral and political ideals

15.00 - 15.30: Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00: Keynote lecture – Jakob Elster (University of Oslo) and Cathrine Holst (University of Oslo): “Philosophy, Policy and Moral Expertise


Friday, 20 May, 10.00 – 15.30

10.00-11.30: Keynote lecture - Keith Dowding (Australian National University): “Government Manipulation: Regulation, Nudges and Liberty

11.30-12.45: Lunch

13.00 – 15.00: Parallel sessions

Panel 3

  1. Eli Feiring (University of Oslo): “The normative underpinnings of the comprehensive evaluations of COVID-19 responses in Scandinavia
  2. Mari Teigen (Institute for Social Research): “The resilience of gender equality: How COVID-19 was gendered in Norway
  3. Johan Christensen (Leiden University): “Expert participation in Nordic advisory commissions: a comparative analysis

Panel 4

  1. Trym Fjørtoft (University of Oslo): “Inductive risk and the legitimacy of non-majoritarian institutions
  2. Robert Huseby (University of Oslo): “The limits of limitarianism
  3. Sveinung Arnesen (University of Bergen): “How to be gracious about political loss – the importance of good loser messages in policy controversies

15.00-15.30: Coffee and closing remarks


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The conference is organised as part of the project GOODPOL, hosted by the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and is organized in collaboration with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR).