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Ethics in Crises and Disasters

February 17 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Law and Society Speaker Series

Co-sponsored by the Law and Society Association and the S.J. Quinney College of Law

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

12:15 – 1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law, Flynn Faculty Scholarship Room (6500)
Innovative technology and service such as financial tools have the potential to create great benefit but also suggest great risks. It is often not until a major crisis or disaster hits, that we look at the ethical aspects of risk management or the lack of risk management, the distribution of costs and benefits of these innovations, and the implications of these activities for society as a whole. In times of crises there are frequent and vocal calls for stronger laws, more regulation, and clearer lines of accountability. As such, crises and disasters present windows-of-opportunity for changes in laws and procedures as well as increased funding for regulatory activities, but just as frequently this opportunity is spoiled and despite horrifying consequences crisis see a return to business-as-usual. In light of research Dr. Svedin has conducted on accountability in crises and public trust in governing institutions as well as ethical issues related to crisis management and risk management, we will discuss the legal and ethical challenges of crisis induced efforts at societal control and monitoring. We will also explore why reforms frequently fail in the face of the human suffering that existing policies and laws produce.

RSVP to Kris Monty

LinaSvedinLina Svedin
Professor, Political Science, University of Utah
Director, Master of Public Policy and Master of of Public Administration, University of Utah
Lina Svedin is a professor of political science and MPA and MPP director at the University of Utah. She is Swedish by origin and has worked both as a practitioner in government, and as a researcher and training director at the Swedish national center for Crisis Research and Training. Her research focuses on governance challenges in crises. Recent publications include Organizational Cooperation in Crises (Ashgate Publishing), Risk Regulation in the European Union and the United States (Palgrave MacMillan), and Ethics and Crisis Management (Information Age Publishing). Her latest book Accountability in Crises and Public Trust in Governing Institutions was published by Routledge in 2012 (http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415615839/).

Current research projects include ethics in crisis communication, the response to the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and risk management in American public administration. Lina teaches core courses on administrative theory, policy analysis, ethics for public administrators, governance and the economy, as well as crisis management and conflict resolution within the U of U’s Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Public Policy program. She is the book review co-editor for the journal Public Integrity.

Lunch provided. 1 hour of CLE (pending).


Upcoming Law & Society Speaker Series Dates
April 7, 2016 – A Faustian Bargain? The Role of Debt in Law Students’ Career Choices, Carroll Seron



February 17
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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